March 14, 2010
A recent New York Times article relates the growing tensions between Apple and Google over future of mobile phones and operating systems. For Apple up to this point, it has been a profitable market with little competition. The iPhone has set the standard for smartphones and their app store is a wild success. Much as they have done with the music industry and their iTunes store, Apple would like a gated marketplace where apps for all OS’s can be sold. This would obviously increase profits of what has quickly become a very successful area of Apple’s business. Read the rest of this entry »
February 23, 2010
From last year’s advances, to recent developments, it appears that 2010 will certainly become a significant year for smartphone growth:
- Smartphone Sales – As contracts expire for regular cell phones, many buyers will make their first smartphone purchases. With advancements in mobile technology, prices will continue to decrease and smartphone sales will grow.
- The Application Industry — Apple has created a new, profitable industry with its app store business. Currently, Apple has over 99% of a business which last year had sales of over 4 billion dollars, with nearly one billion dollars profit for the company. It’s only natural that Android, Palm and Windows want some of that action. The consumer could benefit from the competition.
- Social Media & the Smartphone –The smartphone versions of Twitter and Facebook successfully duplicate the user experience of their web counterparts. A recent Ruder Finn study states that 91% of mobile users spend more time socializing than non-mobile users (79%). Smartphones and social media are made for each other and will both benefit from each other’s success. Read the rest of this entry »
January 6, 2010
Add AT&T to the list of Android carriers (Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile) and Dell to the list of Android smartphone makers (HTC & Motorola). As for Google, keep on refining that OS and adding quality apps. 2010 is looking good.
October 23, 2009
The November 6 cover story of ‘Business Week’ looks at the growing app economy.
October 19, 2009
I was hoping Verizon was going to pick up the iPhone next year, and though it looks like my hopes have been squashed, I’m pleased to say that it’s not bothering me like I thought it would.
Verizon is showing allegiance with Googles’ entry into the mobile market with its Android OS phone, called the ‘Droid’. We will soon be learning about its’ multitude of features, but as a Google phone, one is not surprised to see a ‘Quick Search’ box located at the top of the browser, allowing users to search the web directly from the home screen.
Android’s free ‘Open Source Project’ platform, will be developer-friendly and insure an extensive quantity of applications. Google has even offerred $250,000 in price money for best new applications.
And if you think Verizon is being delicate about superiority to the iPhone, check out the ad
This competition will be interesting to follow, with the consumer the ultimate beneficiary.