When Apple announced earlier this month that it had sold over 100 million iPods, the news was greeted as something of a cultural milestone. Today, Nokia has announced that over 100 million smartphones and other devices running its S60 platform have shipped worldwide…and the fact the announcement will probably amount to little more than a ripple is an indication of just how much larger the mobile phone business is compared to the portable music player business.
"This announcement represents a significant landmark for S60," said Nokia sales and marketing VP Matti Vaenskae, in a statement. "We believe it inspires further innovation on S60. The open platform gives mobile users more choice and provides a platform upon which new applications and services can be built."
The S60 platform’s competition comes mainly from Windows Mobile and Linux, along with proprietary solutions like RIM’s BlackBerry and the PalmOS…although Palm recently announced a shift to Linux.