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iPhone jailbreakers in the Netherlands get their just deserts. The Worm Has Turned: iPhone Exploit Gets Nasty.

Two is better than one.  New iPhone Ads Stick Up for AT&T.

Combining Chrome OS With Android Looks Like Google’s Endgame. Maybe Google really wants to be more like Microsoft rather than Apple after all!

Everyday it looks more likely that the iPhone and Android based phones will rule the mobile market. iPhone And Android Dominate Mobile Web Browsing.

The Smartphone Wars, One Year Later. Interesting article reviewing the last year in the smartphone battle.

Dell Confirms Entrance Into Smartphone Arena

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Can Dell become a player in the smartphone arena?

Last Friday Dell confirmed plans to enter the smartphone arena and announced partnerships with two of the world’s largest mobile operators.

Dell plans on distributing its Mini 3 smartphone initially in only China and Brazil through China Mobile and Claro, respectively.  The phones where designed around Google’s Android platform.

“Our entry into the smart phone category is a logical extension of Dell’s consumer product evolution over the past two years,” said Ron Garriques, President, Dell Global Consumer Group. “We are developing smaller and smarter mobile products that enable our customers to take their internet experience out of the home and do the things they want to do whenever and wherever they want.“

Details on the phone models will be announced in late November when the devices become available in the stores.

There is no mention on when the phones will be available in other countries including the United States.  However it makes perfect sense to test the waters in less competitive markets.

Written by wirebear

November 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Why Verizon Should Be Worried

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Motorola Droid: iPhone Killer?

Ken Dulaney with Gartner predicts that by 2012, Android will grab the No. 2 spot in the global smartphone market (Android is currently 6th place).  Dulaney goes on and says “because Android and Google operate in an integrative and open environment, [they] could easily top … the singular Apple.

It is easy to see why the experts believe at some point Android will pass the iPhone – it works on several different manufacturers’ phones.  This way to market is what excelled the PC past the Mac in the desktop computing wars.  However does this translate to the mobile phone market?

Maybe.

I would agree that Android can overtake the iPhone.  However the only way this will happen by 2012 is if there is an Android phone that is at least equivalent to the iPhone in the next year.  I have spoken to several colleagues, friends and family that told me the only reason they don’t have an iPhone yet is because they are on the Verizon network.  They then go on to tell me that once their contract is up they will be switching to AT&T and the iPhone.

I would have to imagine this scares Verizon more than it scares Google.  Once people switch networks to AT&T they might be there for a while.   Clark Wimberly with Android and Me noted that HTC already has an Android phone in the works for the AT&T network.  This gives AT&T customers that are sick of the iPhone the option to change to Android.  However as everybody knows there is still no iPhone on the Verizon network, so less people will probably be switching from AT&T to Verizon.

I think what this really means about the 2012 prediction is that it might be too soon.  Sure people in the next year with expiring contracts that move to the iPhone will have expiring contracts that are up again in 2012, but will the buzz of the Android phones be strong enough at that point to convince someone to change?

Either way if there is not an Android phone that is released in the next year that can pull its weight, we will continue to see the mass exodus to AT&T and the iPhone.  That will mean that many more people will go away from Verizon and it will also mean the iPhone users will be locked into that dreaded two year contract.  This will keep people on the AT&T network that much longer.

If I was Verizon I would be doing whatever possible to get the iPhone.  It might even be a smart move for Apple to partner with Verizon as this could totally stomp out the other budding smartphones.  It would be in the best interest for both Google and AT&T to have the exclusive deal between AT&T and Apple to remain.  You have to wonder how much money AT&T is forking over to Apple for exclusive rights.  That number has to be mind-blowing!

If the Droid phone is not a success, Verizon should be very worried.  As this is maybe their last chance to save a portion of their customers from changing to AT&T.

Written by wirebear

November 2, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Android vs. iPhone

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Can Android beat out the iPhone?

Call today the calm before the storm. Chris Ziegler at EnGadget Mobile believes that on October 28 the new Droid phone will be unveiled.  Verizon Wireless is claiming it as the “must-have device of the year”.  For Google’s sake this statement better be correct.

If the new Droid phone doesn’t stack up to the iPhone, it is going to be an uphill battle from here forward.  The iPhone is already leaps and bounds in front of any other competitor.  Every other platform at this point is playing catch up, due in large part to the Apple App Store.  Currently a lot of smartphone developers are simply saying “iDon’t” care about the other platforms because of the lack of a decent app store.

I personally think that there is room for several different platforms and welcome the variety.  I think that the key for Android is to find its niche in the market place.  What is that niche?  That is up to the brain power at Google to find out.

I think one of the more interesting underlying stories in the whole Android vs. iPhone story is the companies behind the platforms, Google and Apple.  Several years back both companies were seen as the sexy alternative to Microsoft products.

I sense a paradigm shift on the horizon.

I feel that in a way it is almost becoming “uncool” to like Google and Apple, kind of like it was (or is) to be a Microsoft advocate.  Sure people still hate Microsoft, but lately all the tech blogs are talking about the frosty relationship between Apple and their developers.  This is something you definitely would not have seen a couple years back.

The rest of the year should be interesting for the smartphone world.  My feeling is what happens over the next several months will clearly define the direction every smartphone developer will have to take.  If the Android “does” get the job done, then it will force Apple to take the next shot and step it up with the release of their next iPhone.

In the end, the consumer will definitely benefit!

Written by wirebear

October 27, 2009 at 4:46 pm