ERICSSON BUSINESS INNOVATION FORUM, TOKYO: Japanese number one operator NTT Docomo emphasised its open approach to software and devices, stating that it will continue supporting multiple operating systems including the forthcoming Tizen platform.
In a presentation that was short on specific detail, Hiroyasu Asami (pictured, top), the company’s EVP and managing director of its Smart-Life business division, outlined Docomo’s portfolio of services across many different platforms.
“We have a multi-OS strategy,” he said, presenting a slide (above left) that gave a strong nod to Samsung’s Tizen platform. Earlier this year Docomo announced plans to launch a Tizen device by the end of this year, and a Docomo offering could therefore be expected within weeks.
The exec also noted that Docomo failed to make the most of the featurephone market and the company wants to make amends for this with smartphones. Indeed, the operator has recently made a u-turn on its earlier decision not to stock Apple’s iPhone.
Asami also presented a short video showcasing its own brand of wearable glasses (similar to Google Glass), although the exec said this was only a prototype and no commercial launch has been confirmed.