Tag: smartphone

On Openness, Fragmentation, And Other Android Traits

According to the latest Nielsen numbers, Android, iOS, and BlackBerry are nearly neck-and-neck in smartphone OS market share with 29%, 27%, and 27% respectively. When looking at the graph, one thing stands out in comparing new leader Android to its nearest neighbors… (continue reading…)

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The Evolution Of Smartphones, By The Numbers [And Why Apple May Dominate The Next Round]

In 2007, Apple energized the smartphone industry with the introduction of the first-gen iPhone. Within a year, they had gone from a non-player in the cellular phone market to an innovative industry leader. Indeed, Apple’s tremendous success in the marketplace is exemplified by their capture of 48% of the Q1 2010 mobile phone revenues, despite being limited to GSM carriers and garnering only an estimated 3% of the total handset market.

If rumors of a CDMA phone in 2011 are correct, Apple is poised to once again make an historic leap, this time not for its innovative technological advances, but in terms of a significant – possibly even dominant – market share increase. In order to explain why this might be, we need to understand how smartphone adoption has evolved (very rapidly) over the past 3 years.

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Redefining Mobile Computing

Symbi-who? In my years of providing IT support for the latest-and-greatest smartphones and mobile devices – Newton, Zaurus, BB, iPhone, etc – I have never (knowingly) come across a Symbian system. I had always viewed Symbian as  niche player right alongside something like Psion. So imagine my surprise to find out that Symbian is the leader in the smartphone market. I guess I have been configuring “Symbian” but never really knew it!?!

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The Telephony Decade

Many end-of-year articles tagged the “Ought” decade as “The Internet Decade”, citing the emergence of Google, FaceBook, YouTube, etc. I have too much love for the Internet to wedge it into a decade. The Internet is an era, an epoch, a revolution. The Internet began in the 60s. The web, as many people use synonymously as the Internet, technically started in the early 90s and began to push into commercial consciousness before 2000. Even Google itself actually began in 1998, though its stock value did not go meteoric until after 2002.

And while the Internet undoubtedly played a huge role in all those retrospective choices, many of the other catalysts attributed to the Internet actually had a lot to do with the telephone, and  more specifically, the cellphone. This might make the 2000s more appropriately “The Telephony Decade”.

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