Earlier this week, the main V3.co.uk site ran an opinion piece speculating that the variety of smartphone platforms was on the decrease, following events such as the recent high-profile failure of Microsoft's Kin and Palm's acquisition by HP earlier this year.
But appearances can be deceptive, and if you look at it another way, the smartphone market actually looks like it is getting much more interesting, shrugging off the dominance by one or two major players that has been the hallmark of the last decade.
Apple may have started the shake-up with the iPhone, but its latest model has received mixed reviews and it is far from clear that this is going to wipe the floor with rival handsets and dominate the market in the long term.
Meanwhile, it is a mistake to overlook Nokia, which still sells more phones worldwide than any other vendor. The firm has certainly seen a decline in the appeal of its devices compared with the iPhone and the flood of flashy Android handsets, but the entire Symbian ecosystem has been undergoing a difficult rebirth as an open-source project over the last couple of years.
The Symbian S^3 and upcoming S^4 releases are the first major overhauls of the platform since this process was kicked off, and with all the features these promise to deliver, it would be extremely premature to say that Symbian's days are yet numbered.
Then there is Palm, which might have been swallowed by HP but is said to be still working on new handsets. We may yet see further WebOS devices that might have a better success in the market with HP's branding behind them.
And let's not forget Samsung, which has added its own new platform, Bada, to the mix with the launch of its Wave gaming handset.
Microsoft's axing of the Kin phones had an air of inevitability about it - the platform had been delayed for years, and when the devices finally shipped, the whole world wondered what the hell the company thought it was doing.
But Kin is just a sideshow compared to Windows Phone 7, which Microsoft is hoping will stand up better to competition from the iPhone and Android when the first devices ship later this year. And the company is still keeping Windows Mobile in reserve as its enterprise platform.
Meanwhile, RIM still has a strong presence in the enterprise market thanks to its BlackBerry devices backed by the push email and management control offered by its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES).
Nokia is also backing a second horse with its Linux-based Maemo platform - seen on the N900 device - which has now morphed into the joint Meego project with Intel. It is still early days for this platform, which may see the first x86-based smartphones based on Intel's Atom chips come to market later this year.
So are we seeing a decline in the number of smartphone platforms, or a resurgence?
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