Archive for August, 2012

Windows RT Grows More Mysterious as Launch Nears

I expected we would be seeing more clarity on the distinctions between Windows 8 and its Windows RT sibling (for ARM processor devices) as the expected late October launch grows closer. But the picture seems … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 31st, 2012

Not All Consumers Are Created Equal

The series John Kirk has been tackling this week as inspired me to add some needed perspective to the platform debate. Fanatics of products or brands, for example, consistently assume that what they love or … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / August 31st, 2012

Android v. iOS Part 5: Android Is A Two-Legged Stool

RECAP This week we’ve been looking at the Android and iOS mobile operating systems. In part 1, we looked at how Android was dominating market share. In part 2, we looked at how iOS was … Continue reading

John Kirk / August 31st, 2012
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A Cautionary Tale About Market Share

My colleague John Kirk’s series of posts about Android, iPhone, and the importance–or lack thereof–of market share brought back memories of some fights over share in the PC business. The moral  of all the stories … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 30th, 2012

Android v. iOS Part 4: Developers

RECAP We’ve learned that Android dominates market share, but that it doesn’t seem to matter much. iOS has most of the profit share. And it turns out that developer share, not market share, is what … Continue reading

John Kirk / August 30th, 2012
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Pinch-to-Zoom and Rounded Rectangles: What the Jury Didn’t Say [Updated]

As the Apple v. Samsung trial neared completion last week, I worried about how a jury of nine ordinary folks were going to make sense of hours of highly technical testimony, more than a hundred … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 29th, 2012

Android v. iOS Part 3: Network Effect

RECAP We’ve looked at Android and iOS market share and profit share. Android is winning in market share and iOS is winning in profit share. In any other industry, the analysis would probably be over … Continue reading

John Kirk / August 29th, 2012

What if Samsung Was a Band?

I’ve been reading a lot of articles the last few days all on the degree in which Apple’s success in a US court over Samsung is good or bad for the industry. In the midst … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / August 28th, 2012
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Patents: Who Has a Portfolio With Clout

One thing that put Samsung at a serious disadvantage in its patent fight with Apple was the weakness of its own portfolio of relevant patents. Conflicts between companies with roughly comparable portfolios almost always end … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 28th, 2012

Android v. iOS Part 2: Profits

RECAP Yesterday we looked at Android and iOS mobile operating system market share. Today we look at mobile operating system profit and profit share. ANDROID HAS WON THE MARKET SHARE BATTLE BUT… On the strength … Continue reading

John Kirk / August 28th, 2012
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Apple vs. Samsung: What Doesn’t Compute

I’m not a lawyer, but I am an analyst who unfortunately has participated in some of the largest corporate legal battles, has two immediate family members who are IP lawyers, and has had to decide … Continue reading

Patrick Moorhead / August 27th, 2012

Android v. iOS Part 1: Market Share

INTRODUCTION This is the first article in a multi-part look at the Android and iOS operating Systems. An operating system (OS) is the software that manages computer hardware resources and provides common services for computer … Continue reading

John Kirk / August 27th, 2012
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Of Apple, Samsung, and Obviousness (Updated)

In 1929, an Italian named Attillo Calimani received a patent for a French press coffee maker. The French press is an extremely simple design: a glass beaker, a metal mesh filter attached to a push … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 27th, 2012

The Apple Verdict and the Challenge of Innovation

I spent some time on the weekend digesting the results and implications of the verdict between the Apple and Samsung patent trial. I watched my Twitter stream flow continuously with many remarking on the negatives … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / August 27th, 2012


Apple just gave the rest of the industry 1 billion, 49 million, 353 thousand, 540 reasons why they should not drift too close to Apple’s patents or designs.

John Kirk / August 24th, 2012
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What Does Microsoft Have Against Email?

Email in Windows 8 is a catastrophe. I know the cool kids think email is last decade’s technology, but the fact is that it remains a vitally important communications tool for both businesses and consumers. … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 24th, 2012

A 7-inch iPad Presents Challenges to Apple’s Competition

A 7-inch iPad will put Apple in some very unfamiliar territory in the tablet market — it’s an area currently dominated by Android-based devices. However, Apple’s entry into that segment will also present some seemingly … Continue reading

Jim Dalrymple / August 24th, 2012
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The Twitter Kerfluffle: You Gets No Bread With One Meatball

The world of Twitter has been a-twitter for the last few days over changes the microblogging service is making in the third-party access to Twitter APIs. In general, the rules restrict or outright block the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 23rd, 2012
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Why We Hate Carriers (AT&T Edition)

Watching folks try to untangle themselves from messes of their own making is often painful. No, I’m not talking about Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, but AT&T and the trouble it has made for itself … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 22nd, 2012
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Tech Journalists Need To Learn Something About Business

A week ago, Engadget published a thinly sourced report that Microsoft would sell its new Surface tablet for an improbable $199. Despite a lack of any further confirmation, the report was endlessly repeated, commented upon, and … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 22nd, 2012

Observations and Opinions About Apple Retail

As Tim pointed out earlier in the week, Apple competitors have many things to be worried about. Strategically, however, Apple’s retail presence would be one of the biggest things keeping me up at night if … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / August 22nd, 2012

How Significant is the Synaptics ThinTouch, ForcePad and ClearPad Technology?

As I have cited previously, human computer interface (HCI) changes have defined the winners of the last decade in the phone, tablet, and premium PC and game console markets. I believe this will continue into … Continue reading

Patrick Moorhead / August 20th, 2012

What Really Scares Apple’s Competitors

I was recently talking with some of Apple’s competitors and they gave me some interesting feedback on how they feel about Apple. The first thing they told me is that they really respect Apple and … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / August 20th, 2012

Microsoft’s Surface Tablet for $199 –Think Again

There were various reports about Microsoft pricing their Surface Tablet for $199 this week and it caused a lot of media and even consumers to hyperventilate about this possibility. Sure, many with wishful thinking would … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / August 17th, 2012

Musings on Apple v. Samsung

As you may well know, the tech industry is currently enthralled with the Apple v. Samsung, Samsung v. Apple patent and trade dress trial. I’ve been reluctant to talk about the trial. As a wise … Continue reading

John Kirk / August 16th, 2012
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