Posts Tagged ‘smartphones’

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Peering Inside The Apple Rumors Prism

Steve Jobs fully understood the value in surprise, the wonder of magic, and the awe a beautiful, functional, highly personal computing device can evoke when unwrapped for the very first time. Rumors, particularly a stream of unceasing rumors of all …...

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by Brian S Hall   |   April 16th, 2014
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VCs On The Wrong Side In The Smartphone Wars

Think of how much better your life is now you have an iPhone or one of its many virtuous progeny…iPad, Android, apps, mobile-optimized games, content and services. Do you want to go back to before smartphones, before tablets? Unlikely. Yet many …

by Brian S Hall   |   April 14th, 2014
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Better For The World? Apple Or Google?

Arguably, Apple and Google are the largest, richest, most powerful, most influential technology companies on the planet. Across many markets their products, services and technologies directly compete with one another. Yet, in countless endeavors, each benefits the other, enabling both …...

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by Brian S Hall   |   March 19th, 2014
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The Mystery Of Flight 370 And Friends On The Internet I Will Never Meet

My mind continues to reflect back to those with loved ones on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370*.  Desperate, hopeful, hopeless, an inexplicable truth staring back at them. What can they do? Wait still more? Call?

I picture each of them picking up …

by Brian S Hall   |   March 17th, 2014
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India And The Future Of The Smartphone Wars

Perhaps I should have titled this “India Is The Future Of The Smartphone Wars”? The appointment of the highly capable Satya Nadella to lead Microsoft only partly explains why I am thinking more about India and technology. The other reason is …...

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by Brian S Hall   |   March 5th, 2014
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Is Yahoo Even Worth Trying To Save?

Is there any reason to save Yahoo? I say no. 

What does Yahoo do? What is Yahoo for? What is Yahoo great at? What is Yahoo even good at? 

Yahoo does not have the best technology, nor the best content. Yahoo does …

by Brian S Hall   |   January 20th, 2014
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The Smartphone Wars Pivot And I Jump To Windows Phone

The smartphone wars are over. Apple won.

They are not the only winner, of course, just the biggest. I confess I do not fully appreciate the many moving parts of a Korean chaebol, nor understand Korean accounting practices. Such caveats notwithstanding, …

by Brian S Hall   |   January 13th, 2014
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Where I Save Windows Phone

My name is Brian and I use Windows Phone.

Confession: I want Windows Phone to succeed. I want it to succeed because I believe users will benefit from Microsoft innovation and renewed market competition. I want Windows Phone to succeed because …

by Brian S Hall   |   December 16th, 2013
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An Open Letter To App Developers

The smartphone has quickly become our primary interface to the world. The app has become our primary interface to the smartphone. Apps matter. Therefore, app developers matter. Unfortunately, too many apps, too many app developers, likely in pursuit of riches that …

by Brian S Hall   |   December 2nd, 2013
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Android is Eating the World

Benedict Evans has a must read slide deck from his mobile is eating the world presentation. I’m going to piggyback on his title a little and tackle the narrative that Android is eating the world. It is …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 26th, 2013
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Smartphones are Becoming the Hub of our Digital Lifestyles

In 2003 I began a series of lectures at conferences entitled “Three Screens of the Digital Lifestyle.” Starting in 2000 I began researching how people were using various screens in their lives and made the assumption that over the next …

by Tim Bajarin   |   November 22nd, 2013
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The State of Global Smartphones Q3’13

There are a number of things worth pointing out about the current state of smartphones. The first is that from a hardware standpoint vendors are staying relatively flat with a few seeing slight growth. Here is an updated …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   November 21st, 2013
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The China Smartphone Report

This is a high level overview of the Chinese market and some of the interesting trends we see in the region with smartphones. Chinese consumers remain a mobile first set of consumers and in many cases mobile only. For the vast …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   November 7th, 2013
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If Jeff Bezos Is Serious About An Amazon Phone He Better Take Out His Wallet

Over the past several weeks, rumors of an “Amazon Phone” have become more persistent, if no more credible. The rumors stick, of course, because Amazon has years of experience designing, developing, selling (and I assume servicing) personal mobile computing devices — …

by Brian S Hall   |   October 14th, 2013
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It’s Tough Competing With the iPhone

Understanding what is happening in smartphones is all a matter of perspective. It is easy to get caught up in the OS market share statistics and lose sight of the big picture.

comScore has recently updated their MobiLens and Mobile Metrix, …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 8th, 2013
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Do Android Or Windows Phone Have Any Hope Of Defeating iPhone?

No.

Neither Android nor Windows Phone, apart or in concert, have any hope of defeating iPhone. None. For the foreseeable future, iPhone will remain the world’s most popular, most profitable smartphone by a wide margin. The best apps, the first apps, …

by Brian S Hall   |   October 8th, 2013
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Samsung’s Precarious Position

Samsung, I believe is in a precarious position. I’ve felt this way for quite some time despite their continued growth in mobile over the past few years. But my reasoning comes from understanding how Samsung got to the …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   September 26th, 2013
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Did Apple Fail Us? Maybe. Did Apple Just Stab Microsoft In The Heart? Definitely.

Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
- Oscar Wilde

Apple held its much-anticipated iPhone launch event last week. The company offered up iOS 7, iPhone 5c, 5s, iTunes Radio, a “motion” chip, a 64-bit processor and several more goodies. The “one …

by Brian S Hall   |   September 16th, 2013
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Pondering Apple’s Big Day

As with all Apple events I have attended, which is every one going back to the launch of the iPod, there are many intriguing questions leading up to the event. Many have been speculating and analyzing every angle possible …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 9th, 2013
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I Love The App Store. I Hate The App Store. I Love The App Store. I Hate The App Store.

Apple’s App Store is a bloated, visually appealing, industry-shifting revolution. Forget tales of Google Glass, the Internet of Things or talk of HTML5. The App Store — the home of the humble app — has only just begun to completely …

by Brian S Hall   |   August 19th, 2013
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With Help From Silicon Valley, America To Dominate The 21st Century

America will dominate the 21st century – economically and culturally – thanks to our dominance in technology.

Mobile technologies, supplemented by social connectivity, integrated with real-time data, enhanced by location-aware services and all supported by infinitely scalable yet highly personalized digital …

by Brian S Hall   |   August 12th, 2013
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Tablets, Seasonality, and Adoption Cycles

There is an interesting shift happening in the hardware release cycle of the computing industry. When the PC was the only game in town bi-annual release schedules were the norm. Now with the increased growth in smartphone …

by Ben Bajarin   |   July 24th, 2013
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Why Apple Should Not Create a Low-End iPhone

For a while now Wall Street backers of Apple have wanted them to create a low priced iPhone and use it to gain more marketshare. They seem to think that market share will drive up profits and expand their reach. …...

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by Tim Bajarin   |   July 18th, 2013
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The Power of The Internet In Your Pocket

Sent from my pocket computer. That is my signature for any email sent from my iPhone. When most people think of their smartphone they don’t necessarily think of it as a pocket computer. Yet that is exactly …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   June 7th, 2013
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How Consumer Electronics Will Swing With the Seasons

One of the more interesting trends we are watching develop is the increased seasonality of specific technology purchases. We have been anticipating this for a while now as more and more consumers are being conditioned to buy and or …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   June 7th, 2013