Apple, Google, RIM, Microsoft, Nokia, Palm, Linux — who’s in it for the long haul?
Two news events — the imminent arrival of Research in Motion’s (RIMM) newest entry and Apple (AAPL) falling behind Google (GOOG) in U.S. market share — has triggered some interesting long-term thinking about where we are in the battle for smartphone supremacy.
Here’s who we’ve been reading (while we are supposed to be on vacation):
- MG Siegler in TechCrunch: Wait, So 20 Phones On 4 Carriers Outsold 1 Phone On 1 Carrier? Shocking. The latest Canalys data from the perspective of a fierce Apple loyalist.
- Fred Vogelstein in Wired: Doing the Math on Android vs. Apple. Let’s get our numbers straight, he writes. It’s a battle between operating systems, and although Android is catching up to iOS, it still isn’t even close.
- Tim Bray in ongoing: The Great Game. The battle today, he writes, is bigger than the computer industry ever was: “This is as fierce a concentration of R&D heat and manufacturing virtuosity and distribution wizardry and marketing mojo as humanity has ever seen.”
- Tomi Ahonen in Communities Dominate Brands: Understanding Smartphone Market Share? Battle not for phones, is for platform! If you step even further back and look at the global smartphone market in terms of platforms, you can’t write off Nokia (NOK) and Microsoft (MSFT). A sample of Ahonen’s long and provocative piece below the fold:
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