Comments on: Smartphones’ ecosystem dilemma http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/11/20/the-ecosystem-dilemma/ Now raising intellectual capital Sun, 08 Nov 2015 08:31:30 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Sue http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/11/20/the-ecosystem-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-6957 Wed, 25 Nov 2009 09:37:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=5344#comment-6957 Is the smart, droid market actually worth all the hype?
I have a Straight Talk Phone With all you Need $30 monthly I get 30mb data on Verizons network and find it is enough for a email and a bit of searching. what is so much better with all the applications? a normal phone works just as well in my opinion and possibly easier.

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By: Constable Odo http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/11/20/the-ecosystem-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-6903 Sat, 21 Nov 2009 13:50:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=5344#comment-6903 First rule. Never build stuff for cheapsters. You can’t make any profit off them. Android is a platform for cheapsters. It probably won’t be survive due to everyone trying to build the cheapest hardware which will ultimately harm the entire Android ecosystem.

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By: Martin Hill http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/11/20/the-ecosystem-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-6875 Sat, 21 Nov 2009 01:07:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=5344#comment-6875 Unfortunately for Android those thousand flowers are wilting and dying with major developers like Gameloft ceasing to develop for Android because Android users just don’t buy anything. You know something is wrong when such a big gun like Gameloft says it makes 400 times more income from the iPhone platform than Android.

Then there is the hardware ecosystem not even mentioned in the article. With thousands of iPod-dock connector compatible peripherals, car stereo integration systems, even medical equipment like Insulin pumps available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Apple has an enormous installed base of 3rd party hardware and software that is just not even a possibility on other platforms.

The iPhone has become the Windows of the mobile world – who’d have thought it?

It is becoming increasingly apparent that the 70% worldwide marketshare that the iPod and iTunes Music Store have captured may not be an anomaly – it is suddenly not so ridiculous to contemplate the iPhone heading into that territory as well.

-Mart

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By: Johan Rijk http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/11/20/the-ecosystem-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-6872 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 22:21:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=5344#comment-6872 This article is a little late. There has already been reporting from different sources on this exact topic. Yes Apple has succeeded in creating an entire market around their product the iphone, which is mainly responsible for the Apple and it’s iphone and applications growth. Apple is already predicting future growth but the Android has not yet had a chance to really shine! The Motorola Android smart phone may only have 10,000 apps versus 100,000 and counting that the Apple iphone has, but The Android smart phone comes with those 10,000 apps free instead of having to purchase them all individually like in the case of the iphone and it’s company Apple. This may be more popular among smart phone users if the quality of the Droid smart phone (2.0 version) and the apps that come with it is good.

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By: Alfiejr http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/11/20/the-ecosystem-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-6867 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 19:49:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=5344#comment-6867 sorry, but that is a lot of idealistic web drivel. 90+% of developers are in it for the $’s, period. they will keep cranking out apps (at least until they hit a jackpot). a lot of them are brilliant too. a few publicity-seeking defectors don’t make a bit of difference at all. their are thousands more eager to take their place, a few of which will prove to be geniuses too. and a new crop of first timers arrives every year.

then of course there is the basic logic flaw as well: if the app approval process is so bad, how did 100,000 manage to make it anyway????? we’re talking about bruised egos here.

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By: Lance Knobel http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/11/20/the-ecosystem-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-6862 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:55:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=5344#comment-6862 I didn’t discuss RIM’s BlackBerry because I wanted to focus on the ecosystem issues. But it’s interesting that BlackBerry remains very successful despite having no outside developers to speak of. They do one thing fabulously well — email, particularly enterprise email. That, so far, is a defensible position.

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By: Robert http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/11/20/the-ecosystem-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-6861 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:49:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=5344#comment-6861 It’s a question of understanding the small screen. I have an Android (G1), my son a T-Mobile Wing Windows mobile. Like iPhone, Android apps are meant to be touched with fingers. WinMo apps are by and large desktop apps crammed down onto a handheld device. Stylus? I haven’t used one of those since I had a Palm II in 1998. Palm’s app ecosystem didn’t adapt well from PDA to smartphone – apps still were loaded via PC/USB. I think Palm’s WebOS is doomed – it’s great, but too little, too late, too closed. Android can still screw it up – like by allowing phone OEMs to have multiple screen sizes and resolutions forces developers to do more work or ignore certain phone models. But Android, iPhone and Blackberry will be all unless WinMo understands the small screen – and that Pocket versions of Word, Excel and Outlook aren’t the killer, must-have apps.

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By: Jon T http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/11/20/the-ecosystem-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-6859 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:04:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=5344#comment-6859 Apple’s policy on the App Store certainly won’t scare off the best talent, it might scare off the loud, objectionable ones.

No developer worth his salt is going to walk away from the only market that makes them real money…

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By: Lance Knobel http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/11/20/the-ecosystem-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-6858 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 16:59:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=5344#comment-6858 I agree, BT. Perhaps I needed to emphasize it more strongly in my column, but applications are everything now in smartphones. That’s why Apple needs to pay more attention to their penchant for pissing off the best developers.

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By: Ken http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/11/20/the-ecosystem-dilemma/comment-page-1/#comment-6857 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 16:58:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=5344#comment-6857 Development of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system happens at such a snail’s pace it makes me wonder if Microsoft has already given up in the mobile space.

An example is that the operating system still does not recognise multi-touch finger input. It was designed with small icons to be hit with a stylus pen.

Developing multi-touch is not that hard. Taiwanese company HTC, which makes most of the Windows Mobile handsets, has managed to develop its own multi-touch system, which works on the start screen, as well as some of the applications that HTC installed. But it doesn’t work at an OS level, and the OS-related functions, as well as applications that Microsoft has installed, are not multi-touch aware.

So we’re left with a bizarre situation that Microsoft has been unable to develop multi-touch, yet handset makers have been able to add some of this functionality themselves. Makes you wonder what’s going on at Redmond.

Situations like this have caused Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone to rise in popularity (both are multi-touch aware OSes), while Microsoft’s Windows Mobile sheds more market share and fades into oblivion.

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