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Apple: is being a great curator enough? (part II)

Yesterday I wrote about the growing parity between iOS and Android. Summarizing where I think we are currently, and the key question to ask of Apple:

  • If most major points of differentiation are erased; 
  • the cost of Android devices is lower;
  • the selection of Android devices is much broader; and
  • sales channel loyalty is somewhere between neutral and favorable to Android,

 ...how does Apple sustain market share?

Apple's profits are driven by device sales. The world is moving to the cloud, as Amazon and Google knew years ago. Devices are necessary as smooth portals to services and data in that cloud, but device margin is not the sustaining business opportunity.

The competition will therefore be fought on "curated experiences"--who can most successfully integrate a solution which combines device, user interface, and cloud data storage / services?

When the business opportunity is phrased this way, things look better--but not great--for Apple. They historically have not built particularly good software (tried the new iTunes yet?), and they have almost no foothold in services (no, Maps doesn't count, and MobileMe is dead).

But Apple makes gorgeous hardware and does transcendant UI design, which continues to captivate consumers. My thinking is that this simply doesn't add up to the market share they currently enjoy.

In fact, this sounds ever more like the desktop / laptop business strategy they have now. The problem is that  OS X has roughly 10% market share. Where will iOS settle?



Last week I wrote about my disappointment in Android--specifically why, as an early adopter, I resisted the siren call of the OS.

As 2012 ticks by, big changes are happening for Android, and they are called Google, Amazon and Samsung. As a consequence of these changes, I set my iPhone down and bought a Samsung Galaxy S3. To summarize the rest of this post: I’m not going back.

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competing for smartphone OS market share

In my last post I discussed the stunning ascension of Android.  The mobile OS has passed all competitors (including Apple) in the United States, and is on track to be the number two mobile OS in the world by the end of the year.

Of course this is not a winner-takes-all market....

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Android's Breathtaking Ascension

Perhaps it's the nature of technology--certainly consumer electronics, and mobile in particular--to distort one's sense of the passage of time.  The pace of change is remarkable, and that dynamism attracts companies and personalities who thrive in highly competitive environments.

Google is certainly a formidable competitor in almost any space it chooses to enter.  Despite that fact, I'm not aware of any mobile pundit who predicted the rate of ascension of the Android OS.  It is the number 1 smartphone operating system in the U.S. now, a position it reached in Q2 2010.  Gartner is predicting that it will be the number 2 OS in the world by the end of this year, two years ahead of their earlier predictions.

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iPad: Converting a Tablet Skeptic (part 1)

While I believe I'm quite capable of going beyond my personal experience (the "sample group of one" problem in marketing), I couldn't imagine how an iPad--which starts at $550 with tax--could possibly displace any existing device category, or endear itself to prospective customers. And I was mostly wrong.

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