With Google Glass Sergey Brin Betrays Us All

A buff Sergey Brin strode onto the TED stage. He branded smartphones “emasculating.” “Is this the future of connection, just people walking around hunched up, looking down, rubbing a featureless piece of glass?” “Is this the way you’re meant to interact with other people? It’s kind of emasculating. Is this what you’re meant to do with your body?” Brin, with TED serving as both promotional backdrop and technical validation, then showed...

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HTC Should Abandon Android And Embrace Firefox OS

Once mighty, the smartphone wars have badly weakened HTC, which continues to stumble, delaying product launches and issuing profit warnings. I do not expect the HTC One to mark any appreciable change in HTC’s fortunes. I propose a radical solution: embrace Firefox OS. As we have documented since last year, Samsung so utterly dominates Android that it leaves little room for anyone else to succeed. After Samsung takes its oversized...

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As Galaxy S4 launch approaches, has Samsung surpassed Apple where it matters most — Marketing Hype?
Mar12

As Galaxy S4 launch approaches, has Samsung surpassed Apple where it matters most — Marketing Hype?

The real smartphone wars are nothing more than a battle between Samsung and Apple. No one else is even close. Blackberry and Windows Phone barely rise to the level of also-ran. Operating systems such as Tizen, Jolla, Aliyun, Firefox Mobile et al appear to be nothing more than tools for hobbyists. Across nearly every single market, Android dominates in market share and iPhone dominates with profit share. Even this is a distortion, of...

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iPads are not computers, Google does not do hardware, Facebook Phone and other predictions

EXCLUSIVE! Called it! First! We analysts love to point out what we got right. Rarely do we admit when we are wrong. If you look back over the past eighteen months, however, you will note that those of us who engage in mobile industry speculation are wrong nearly as often as we are right. Consider this my confession – given on behalf of the entire fraternity. These are what I consider to be our biggest flubs: The Facebook Phone How did...

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My son switched from iPhone to Android HTC One X. What do I do now?

This is war! Despite everything I taught him, my fifteen-year-old son chose an Android device – the HTC One X – over the iPhone. Despite the fact that I told him the iPhone is the best. No, despite the fact that iPhone is the best. Why would he do that? Teenage rebellion? The other kids at high school convince him that Android is cool, not Apple? Relentless marketing from Google, Motorola, Samsung and the entire Android ecosystem?...

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The Smartphone Wars on Television. The best smartphone commercials.

Apple sold an astounding 47 million iPhones in Q4 2012. This was only good enough for second place in the “smartphone wars”. Samsung, the clear leader, sold nearly 65 million smartphones. The success of Samsung, which is dominating the Android market, is no doubt partly due to their constant, aggressive marketing. Expect more of this as the market continues to grow and continues to attract more and more competition. Since the 2007...

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Top 10 things I hate about iPhone

Confession: I do not hate iPhone. I may love it, in fact. iPhone is my primary personal computing and communications device. I use it everywhere, all the time, and for an increasing – seemingly limitless – number of functions, tasks, activities, chores and stolen moments of leisure. But, I made a promise. In the interest of fairness, I agreed that as a follow-up to last week’s op-ed, “Top 10 things I hate about Android”, I would...

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Top 10 things I hate about Android

I admire Apple, and love their story. They are a wildly successful, highly innovative company, founded by one of America’s great visionaries, Steve Jobs. Apple’s story encompasses birth to boom to near-death to re-birth to conquering the world. Yet their best days lie ahead. I believe that mobile computing is the central computing paradigm for this generation and Apple, simply put, makes the best; the best smartphone, the best tablet,...

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If only Nokia had a Steve Jobs
Jan28

If only Nokia had a Steve Jobs

Six years ago this month, January 2007, Steve Jobs stood before the world and announced the iPhone. His words were few and telling: “Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything”   Accuse Steve Jobs of showmanship if you like, but in this case he was absolutely correct about iPhone’s revolutionary impact. Thanks to the iPhone, Apple is now the world’s richest tech company, has a global user...

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Samsung could destroy Android. Not iPhone

Forget the smartphone war between Apple iPhone and Google Android. It is in their mutual interests to achieve a semi-permanent détente, and to own this rapidly growing global market. Apple’s iPhone dominates on the hardware side, sucking up the bulk of all handset profits, while Google dominates the mobile web landscape, capturing valuable data across a billion users. A smartphone ‘cold war’ could prove highly profitable for both...

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