Slowing mobile innovation?
Yet by the end of the year, Google had become the dominant mobile OS, Apple had launched both the iPhone 4 and the iPad, HP bought Palm, and Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7. Compared to all that, the minor spec bumps and software updates we've seen for most of this year have seemed kind of meager.
So it seems to me that the pace of mobile innovation may be slowing. If that's true, the first question in my mind that follows naturally after is, "how much of this has to do with the surge in patent lawsuits over the same time period?" Am I alone in thinking this? What does everyone else here think?
The next period of high innovation will occur due to, be enabled by, everyone having Internet-connected mobile phones. It mirrors the PC trajectory a bit.
Siri, a natural language interface, may be that thing, but who knows. Natural language interfaces, like AI, have stumped everyone for decades.
Out of all the major smartphone players Apple is the only company delivering both the software and hardware for their devices (Nokia and Blackberry aside for obvious reasons). Quite a few innovations are coming from Apple on the software front (IOS 5, Siri, iCloud etc.) but the hardcore smartphone audience seems to be jaded to these things. Since the majority of smartphone manufacturers are only dealing with hardware their game plan is to introduce as many devices as they can into the market to increase their revenue. This has now set a presecence that truly can not be substained by a company like Apple.
At this point only time will tell if the split approach (i.e. Google's Android on Samsung's Nexus Prime) will be more successful than the tighter and more integrated Apple approach. We also have to look at Microsoft which took both scenarios into account and chose to go right down the middle with a mobile operating system that resembles IOS (closed ecosystem and integrated services) but is available to smartphone manufacturers.
As per patent lawsuits, that entire situation is definitely dragging down the industry. It might be time for our government to step in and fix that mess.
What? Think of all those stuggling attorneys who will suffer significant income loss! Where is your compassion man!
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