Is Apple killing software biz as we knew it with iPhone, iPad and iOS? Part I: Show me the money
Nov19

Is Apple killing software biz as we knew it with iPhone, iPad and iOS? Part I: Show me the money

The original iPhone launched the global smartphone wars and shifted the personal computing balance of power forever. Google rose to the challenge, responding with Android, whereas Nokia, Blackberry, Microsoft, HP and Dell have been shunted aside. Nearly every smartphone sold these days is either an Android or iPhone. Forget which smartphone you think is the best, or which OS you believe is superior, or who has the better smartphone “ecosystem”. Instead, consider the business model differences between these two primary combatants, iPhone and Android. Could it be that the Apple model of selling hardware to the user is the only sustainable option? There are fundamental differences between how Google offers Android and how Apple offers iPhone. For Google, while they maintain control over ongoing development of Android, the mode of sales is via licensing. Follow Google’s guidelines and they let you have Android for free. They also give you Google Search, Voice Search, Google Maps, Google+, which includes video calling, and much more – all free. This has worked amazingly well, provided we do not consider profits. With license partners including Samsung, LG, Sony, Lenovo and many more, there are well over 100 million Android devices sold every quarter, a truly remarkable feat. Apple follows a completely different path with iPhone. There is no licensing. Apple is fully responsible for hardware and software, for the media store and app store, for payments and updates – they even design their own chips. The result of these two very different strategies has been that Android has captured the largest share of the market, by far, while iPhone rakes in the bulk of the profits, by far. I believe Apple has the superior business model – by far. The “smartphone wars” are not a parallel of the PC wars. There, Microsoft won handily. Apple’s Mac, tightly controlled by Apple, was relegated to niche status – in terms of market share, revenues and profits. Too many pundits mistakenly believe the smartphone wars will offer a repeat:  Google Android as the new Microsoft Windows. Apple iOS as the new Apple Mac. iOS and iPhone are destined to be minor players, they say. The giant smartphone market will standardize around Android. This is wrong for several reasons. Firstly, today’s Apple is bigger and richer by far than either Google or Microsoft. Today’s Apple has a massive global retail footprint, with nearly 400 stores that generate about $16 billion annually. This also means Apple can better support (and promote) their products, far better than either Microsoft or Google. Thanks to App Store and the Mac App Store, where once it was difficult to buy software for...

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Instagram for Android is now available, the world goes crazy
Apr04

Instagram for Android is now available, the world goes crazy

OMG, stop the internets! Instagram for Android is now out! Go grab it from the Google Play Store! Apparently this is big news. You probably had to be living under a rock today not to get hit by this amazing technological development. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, for the first time ever, an iOS developer managed to port an app to Android. Oh wait. That’s right, thousands of people have done it before Instagram. What is it then? I know, I know. This is the first ever app for Android that allows you to turn your pictures into sick jokes from the 70s. Umm, no. The only way you couldn’t destroy your pictures on Android until today was if you didn’t know how to use the Android Market/Play Store. See, there have been dozens of Instagram-alike apps lurking in there. For years. Yes, you say, but none of those compares to Instagram! Oh, excuse me. So Instagram is the best at destroying your pictures with silly effects and filters? Okay. I’ll bite. The other apps are worse at destroying your pics then? As in, they destroy them less? I fail to see the point of Instagram, although I do confess to having installed a couple of its -alikes on my Android devices over time. Played with for a minute, then forgot about them. But apparently this Instagram craze is real. We’re all pro photographers now, with our smartphones. Pro photographers from the 60s. Actually, no. Even those guys would be embarrassed by this association. Still, now you know. Instagram is out for Android. A great prize awaits whoever can guess how many light years will take these devs to port this insanely complicated app to Windows Phone. Or any other platform, for that matter. Yeah....

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