Just had to share my mate Roy’s blog about this stuff and how far its come. Perhaps Klout and this lot should merge so you get the mood aabout how inpactful it is, a true emotional intelligence metric What mood are you in right now? Someone already (thinks) they know..
A recent article has made it even clearer to me that the days of the PC, whether desktop or laptop, are numberd.
As many people that know me well will recall I predicted the end of the x86 PC as a primary tool in 2007.
At the time I had been given AMD Live as a Market Engagement Strategy to run with in Europe, a strategy that could have worked if the leadership team had also realised the PC was heading past MainStreet into Laggards and Decline was the next destination (to reference Geoffrey Moore)
The US AMD Live plan was to place the PC at the centre of home entertainment, a flawed strategy. The most unreliable compute service in the home would never take that position. The set-top box was already there and the Xbox, Wii and Playstation were strengthening their hold.
In Europe I changed the game to be one of enhancing the home entertainment. The PC in the home has your music, photographs and home video already so why not find a path to deliver it to the home entertainment systems around the home.
Simply, in order to give reason to home computers with a 4-core processor have the computer act as PC and Media Server.
The content is in data formats that are not compatible with all destinations, for instance HD MPEG-4 video can be sent to a DVB Set-top box as long as the ‘server’ converts it to MPEG-2. For the simplest view, one core is the home PC, another is sending video to the lounge, another to a bedroom and another your iTunes collection to the kitchen WiFi radio.
My point was at the time that the PC had to morph into the home media server, as it was likely a smartphone would grow to be a tablet and provide the screen and keyboard but the content needed to be somewhere. In todays palance this would be considered an ‘on premise private cloud’.
At the time I thought Microsoft were a visionary. They had lined up Windows Home Server for a early 2008 launch. This had such promise, a morph of the desktop PC into a remote, power managed, multi-core server that could deliver a remote desktop, full Office, music and video transcode and store home photographs in a RAID safe space. Soon after a service like SkyDrive would even support hosted back up, or what would come to be archive in the cloud. I was mistaken, Microsoft had no clue what they were doing, they continued to fumble, performed poorly in mobile, inconsistently in PC and left Home Server out to die.
Network Attach Storage from companies like Buffalo, Netgear, LG and others have tajen the home storage, all without data format transcoding. The rest of the world went smartphone and then tablet and then consumer cloud.
The consumer, the public sector and private sector are moving to smartphone then tablet with data stored in some sort of cloud service.
If the momentum continues then we will all be using LTE or fibre to access in the cloud our content from some form of thin client, whether its iOS, Droid or WP7.
From earlier posts on here you can read about my belief that WP7 is the leading phone in around 2 years from now. I think that will have Microsoft transform into a SaaS vendor with platform solutions for data centre servers.
As I mentioned to the AMD leadership team in 2007, the strategic focus has to be servers and smartphones, let the PC ‘die on the vine’. The FTTC ( fibre to the curb) and LTE (4G) will provide the digital path, the client will be a using a tablet to access their content on a server that is either off premise (market opportunity for consumer managed hosted services) or on premise (for those that like to know where it is, the content that is!).
Still in doubt, well I can say the only reason I am wrting this blog on my PC today is that the WordPress App on my Windows Mobile is unable to handle long blogs. The video and photographs I took yesterday of my son cantering were automatically uploaded from my phone to SkyDrive, my tablet has a SkyDrive access (and a Dropbox as it happens) is on my tablet and so I easily shared with the family on my return .. PC not required. If I have Office365 on my phone, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Lync, SharePoint and OneNote with Exchange email from my phone, or tablet. I have Facebook, Twitter, various news feeds, my music all on my Windows phone … I have Skype on my Windows phone and my Tablet. If my 8Gbyte RAID NAS boxes were smarter and could run some of the Apps I use in a client/server model I would never need to use my PC again … my Games are on Wii or Xbox and online, my BBC iPlayer is on Xbox … now try and convince me to spend $500 on a Windows based PC … or an Apple base PC … OK, my Klout is 52 so perhaps I am an early adopter, a geek to some.
Microsoft, you are indeed taking a Gambol with Windows 8, I would suggest you focus everything on Smartphones and Tablets and learn from your history, read my earlier blogs if you are unsure of your history. Its all about the Application, and I believe Office365 is the killer App for business and will therefore, as nobody wants to carry two devices, become the business and consumer standard just as the Windows OS became in the PC arena of yesteryear.
I have just read that Nokia is on the way back powered by Windows,
I could not agree more. I have had an iPhone, I have had an Samsung Galaxy Spica and now I have a Nokie Lumia 800.
As I mentioned in my past blog, those that forget the past are condemned to repeat it and we are all on the same trajectory as the WinTel provision we all know and love.
I think the killer App is Office365 and as a O365 user for my business I am truly impressed. Whether is Exchange email and its access from phone, tablet with no issue including the Calendar staying in sync, sharing Calendars and more. Whether its OneNote, or Excel, or Word, or PowerPoint. Whether its Sharepoint and the ability to collaborate with others, or whether its the automatic upload of any photo taken to the free 25Gbytes of Skydrive in the Cloud, its all killer.
I hear some say, well that is fine for the business user but what about the consumer, they will stay with Apple and Android. My daughter is a teenager and in her school the aspirational smartphone is the Blackberry. The reason, its BBM. OK, she has unlimited texting and unlimited internet and limited voice calls, but what she wants to to chat to groups at once. WhatsApp and Kik can do it, but BBM has it and its free and does not demand the internet. Its the consumer killer App on Blackberry, it also allows them to share music with each other, unlike iPhone.
The Blackberry started as an Outlook client, it was not even a phone. Now its a group chat device and a music sharing device and is reliable, dependable and the teenagers dream device.
Business people do not want to carry two phones, they are also consumers. The killer App of Office365 (Exchange, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Lync, OneNote) for £4/month/seat coupled with 25Gbytes SkyDrive for free, Zune integration with music, xbox and video the Windows Mobile combination has real compelling reasons to buy.
Couple that with the bomb proof, Blackberry like, reliable,dependable quality of Nokia the value to the business community of a Windows Mobile phone is immense. Couple that with the most sociable phone I have used in that its tough to tell whether you are texting, messaging, twittering or facebook chatting and all your friends from all your email accounts, LinkedIn accounts and Facebook accounts showing in your People space … its seriously compelling as a consumer. Also, Nokia will keep the Koreans on the straight and narrow, there will be no tolerance for flaky, battery removal rebooting, the bar has been set.
Meanwhile Android is all over the place, its splitting like Linux, following the geek path of the PC world. RIM is lost, unless it opens up the OS for other hardware and Apple is staying in its pure white, Apple pure zone just as it did with the PC history.
Microsoft understand what made the PC a huge success, it was Lotus 123 on anyone’s hardware that was compatible with the Microsoft OS. This time the killer App is Office365 running on anyone’s hardware that is compatible with the Microsoft OS. History is repeating itself.
Now, Google is the only vendor that can change this. They have 12 months, they need to understand the history and put the pieces in place to ensure they provide a truly alternative business level solution that will encourage the business user to adopt Google Apps and Android. They will only carry one phone, if they pick Google then the consumer will take the same path, as business men are consumers.
I fear Google think its about search, and exciting geeky things. I fear Apple thinks its about entertainment and music. This leaves the path to the top wide open and undefended with Windows Mobile initially taking out RIM and then Android and then, well then we have only to wait for Intel to arrive in this space (and they are coming) and we are back with Wintel in the new era of the smartphone.
This week a friend of mine posted an article about the Android situation for developers. Develop for Android and it shows that we are all still on the path to repeat history. Sad news indeed.
Having been in the CPU side of the PC since the start and knowing what made the PC the huge success its history now repeating itself, as am I.
Google, wake up!!!!
If Google continue down this path they will have lots of platforms for a short while until a developers dream and a killer app appear. Those locked in their hardware are doomed to be trapped in thier fan base, as Apple have been in PC.
That is RIM and Apple believe they are able to sustain there market share with proprietary hardware, fools indeed.
Google have the superb idea of enabling a huge base of choice, but unlike the success of history and being led by geeks rather than marketing they have enabled a developers nightmare.
The application developers enable the success of the platform so make sure you make it easy for them.
I still think the killer app is Office365, I think Microsoft should consider making something free to boost adoption. The bigger picture being to attract the RIM user now and provide robust email and messenger. Kill off RIM as O365 is BES without the middle man.
Once Microsoft has the RIM customers and has multiple platforms with the same OS from Samsung, Nokia, HTC, Motorola and more then make a Developer program and accelerate the appeal to developers.
Then we have the same steady state in phones that we have in PC. Apple locked in thier own world, Linux with the geeks and Windows for the masses on commodity hardware with no margin other than for the CPU instruction set vendor and the OS vendor.
Of course, if we do not want this to happen then either Google has to engage a marketing strategy and step away from the Linux dream or Apple has to allow none Apple hardware to run IOS. .. forgetting the past will have us all live it again!
Here is a thought, and an extension from something I saw demonstrated in 2008 but has not appeared in the market as yet.
- BMW have a proximity RFID like key that opens the car doors and enables you to start the engine, an ability that could easily be added to a mobile smartphone.
- Barclays Connect card has an RFID like ability that allows proximity payment to be made without Chip & PIN or swipe, an ability that could easily be added to a mobile smartphone
- Forward facing cameras are able to scan retinas, or finger prints and can also easily be added to a mobile smartphone
- Smartphone SIMs have an account associated with them that can be debited and credited just like a credit card account or a bank current account
So, here is the thought. The Mobile operator buys a bank. Then, using Virgin One like value added marketing, the operator encourages the subscriber to have their salary paid into their mobile phone account. The security can be PIN, Retina and finger print and the combination can enable payments. From then on the mobile phone account is running like your Current account, perhaps providing free data and text and so many voice minutes.
The Chip & PIN machines in retail are replaced with either Bluetooth or RFID secure communication as the “Chip” is part of the SIM inside the phone. So the Chip & PIN mechanism is still present but its now contact-less and most likely more secure as the customers part is also active and connected.
The smartphone becomes the car keys, the wallet, the credit cards, the cash, the loyalty cards and possible the house keys. Losing the phone will demand the PIN, Retina and finger print to be valid so is very secure and, using the IMEI number a lost or stolen phone can be disabled by the bank/operator over the air in minutes.
The technology is here, its now. VISA is not just a clearing house for credit, its really just a case of who moves first. Will the banks buy the phone operators or the phone operators buy the banks. What is stopping one moving in on the other? … not technology, and I think the consumer would welcome the simplicity of a very familiar and very secure system.
Daily Mail reports “Bye bye BBM? BlackBerry abandons consumer market after ANOTHER $125M loss – and retreats to focus on business
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2122489/BlackBerry-gives-Manufacturer-RIM-withdraw-consumer-market-focus-businesses.html#ixzz1qakCSdeB
As predicted, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” .. November 2011
RIM should really read some of Geoffrey Moore’s books, or even one of then would do. Escape Velocity, where he talks about being trapped in the past and being unable to escape due to the pressures of the present.
The idea of Category Power, Company Power, Market Power, Offer Power and Execution Power and how to harness all three to escape from the past and survive in the constantly changing technology world.
RIM started as secure mobile Outlook client vendors in a handheld appliance. It soon became a phone as all those that have an appliance were also carrying a phone, and once a phone it became a camera, etc., etc.
However, the Offer Power was strong as no other had taken that step to build out a secure mobile infrastructure that could extend Microsoft Exchange, the corporate preference for email, into the hand of the user. A master stroke of genius. However, from there they lost it.
History shows (see early blog) that success is not proprietary in the main, its derived from competative pressure. The PC succes was based on a killer application called Lotus 123 and the Microsoft OS succes was due to the fact it removed the hardware dependancy from the platform and allowed the application to run on any machine that ran the OS. Hence why more Android is shipping than IOS at this time.
Now RIM took the Apple path, that of locked hardware. The offer, Exchange client on your mobile, had huge power. However, to succeed Geoffrey states you need all Powers in alignment. The advent of Apps on the phone and association with iTunes for your music has been a compelling offer and Apple knows “cool” so Market power pulled the consumer to iPhone. RIM responded with Apps on the Blackberry, not really understanding “cool”.
Eventually the business user simply ditched the Blackberry and battled with corporate IT to get the iPhone delivering Exchange email. When that happened RIM’s days were numbered. In fact, the owner of Exchange is Microsoft and while they were floundering around the place trying to work out how to convince WinXP users to move to Win7 the mobile world whizzed by …. however, they have never been one to ignore Apple.
So, Microsoft arrive with Windows Mobile 7 that includes Office, support for multiple Exchange accounts, and a raft of additional value. The unique offer of RIM is no longer unique, the owner of mobile Outlook has arrived. RIM at this point is in danger of not understanding the Offer Power, the Market Power and the Category Power and are in a flat spin scrabbling to recover.
The Blackberry Messenger becomes the passion of youth, they can sign up for very low cost mobile subscriptions and can text their friends constantly for no incremental charge, they do not even need an internet connection. Competition arrives in the form of Kik and WhatsApp but that curve keyboard is a huge appeal to the fast texting teenager ..
Then RIM annouce they intend to refocus back to their roots and the business market, suggesting that BBM is about to become something in the past. That show such a lack of understanding of any of the Escape Velocity powers and will mean that RIM is heading the way of DEC, Compaq, Kodak, etc. and all we can do is thank them for helping to define a category and wish them well in whatever their executives decided to do next.
Just a very short post this time, but I just had too. Finally my Samsung Galaxy battery has taken a turn for the worse, holding its charge for a maximum of 15 minutes when in a call. Despite purchasing two new batteries from Amazon they state “battery disconnected” when I try to charge them, despite leaving them on charge all day. It would seem phone batteries are not stocked by the service provider and those on the internet, despite branding, are proving dysfunctional. The phone is a commodity.
Now my phone has 4 months to run, I call my provider (http://www.three.co.uk) and they say the best thing I can do is to purchase a second contract as they have family deals and then I can take my old one to a store to have it looked at. However, buying a new phone of the same sort on Amazon is less I inform them, and besides the deal is no different from that showing on their website. I decline. I guess Three are not keen on customer service and are hopeful for customer aquisitions to out run churn, best of luck with that one.
I client of mine offers to provide a HTC Desire as a temporary solution to this battery/upgrade challenge, and as its on the Three network all is cool. However, the Galaxy was Android 2.1 and the Desire is Android 2.2 and it would seem while the 2.1 email client (Email) can handle my 3x MS Exchange accounts the email client on 2.2 (Mail) cannot. I search the web and find an email client that claims it can support more than one Exchange account, I install it and hook up and while it shows it has the ability of more than one Exchange account in reality it refuses to connect to more than one. I can rotate around the 2 remaining ( I now have an App named Mail and another named Email) but I cannot get both to connect at the same time. I explore whether I can rename the App OMail and install it a second time, its a no.
So, I moved forward a version of Android and I moved backward in a level of capability. This truly is Linux all over again as per my earlier blogs on not remembering the past dooms you to repeat the mistakes of the past in the present.
So, I explore to determine when my phone will come up for renewal (Three call it upgrade) and which phone should I choose. I have already chosen to subscribe to Office 365 as I like the calendar integration with email that Exchange provides and do not want to host Exchange myself. The determine the resellers sell it for more than Microsoft so I purchased direct and in my research I find that Windows Mobile 7 has Office and can support Office 365 and also has the ability to handle multiple Exchange accounts, in fact a Microsoft CTO shows me the wow! of it in action.
Then I cannot believe it, just as the myth states in the 1980’s that Bill gates said “640K is enough for anyone” the Windows Mobile Phone base level design, which is adopted by the ODMs and then made to look special by the OEMs, has ommited the SDCard slot found in just about every other phone. The statement of 2012 is therefore “16G is enough for anyone” … well, my 32G SDCard in my HTC Desire has 18G of stuff on it and as far as I am aware there is no himem.sys available to help as there was in the PC history.
Of course, I get the business model, they want you to use SkyDrive and in the usual way of Microsoft the best way to cause the customer to comply is to ensure they have no choice and have to follow the herd. However, I suppose 25G in the Sky is interesting for data assuming you are connected. My 18G is music, personal pictures and a number of Apps of which I use many of them, including UPM which I was hopeful would be available too, its not. It would seem I am expected to drop my music and Apps to a less than 16G level, it would seem Microsoft have to leave us something to complain about as always.
So, this week is the week of the a salt and battery. The salt, as no matter where I ended up Pizza seemed to be the food of choice, and battery as every battery I approached seemed to fail just at the point I needed it most.
For nearly 2 years I have been running with Android 2.1, same phone, second battery. Heading back from a client I needed to make an urgent call, so I hooked it up with my Jabra via bluetooth and headed out. Just about to make that call and the screen striped … never been seen before, it just striped like a graphics card failure in a Windows PC.
Plugging in the charger had it doing something, but it would not turn on. Some 40 miles later it turned on, found its operator connection and then died. So, I ordered a new battery and limped along plugging in when I could. The new, branded same as phone, battery arrived, and on plugging it into the phone the phone reported “battery disconnected” … no amount of persuasion would change its mind. The supplier said “oh, sometimes we get that even with branded batteries and has sent another. I suspect the charging circuit in the phone is dead, I’ll have to wait and see. No idea what iPhone users do at this point, send it away for a battery change I suppose?!
Hearing my struggle the founder of TARCA (www.tarca.co.uk) mentioned he had a spare Android phone on the same network that he would wipe and I could borrow. Great news.
I moved the SIM and the 16Gbyte SDCard over to the replacement phone, selected all the options, logged in with my gmail account and “boom” my phone was back. The Apps I had bought at the Market were showing, waiting to download, the updates for the locked in Apps were also waiting and all I had to find were the Apps I obtained for free as it did not recall those. The Gmail sync’d contacts, calendar and email and all my contacts were in the phone. Could this get any better I thought. The new phone was Droid 2.2.2 so everything should be wonderful as I had been 2.1
However, now my point. This Droid story is following the Linux story nearly to a tee, a huge pity as it will never be taken seriously while its stuck in geekdom. I hope you follow the next part, as its so typical of Linux.
The Linux world has had no standard, every instance is a new instance. Moving from one to the other is an awful experience, as nothing, other than the very basics, is the same. As it is with my move to 2.2.2
I have 3 Microsoft Exchange email accounts and 6 POP accounts, as IMAP does not keep its promises and is seriously painful to use in anger. My Droid 2.1 email App that came with the OS supported the 3 Exchange and 2 POP use for business and I used the Yahoo email App for the other 4 POP accounts. That way when I opened either App I could see all the email accounts that App supported.
However, the email App that comes with 2.2.2 on the phone I have as a stop-gap can only support one Exchange account. Reading the internet it would seem Droid 2.2.2 is better than 2.2 in that the email App can support multiple Exchange accounts. However, the vendor of the phone I have decided to keep the 2.2 email App … and so we have the Linux world all over again.
Searching the web, as you would with Linux, I find on the internet the current version, http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=9693816#post9693816 runs through a long, complex discussion and the last entry has an attachment whose QR code gets you to the download of the 2.2 email App.
Now, for some reason, while this App lets me try and configure more than one Exchange account its only letting one through to completion, despite copying line for line, entry for entry from the old phone, which I can still use if I keep it plugged into power.
So, I have a phone that has the later OS running on it, yet it has an older email App and if I run to the geekdom I can get the latest App that does not quite do the same as the one before. That is at least THREE versions of the same thing in my possession and I only have TWO phones. This is all the bad things of Linux and none of the good.
Meanwhile RIM are running out of road, locked into proprietary hardware trying to sell mobile Outlook clients with free text (BBM) when my operator is offering me 5000 texts, 2000 minutes and all you can take internet on Windows Mobile 7 platform that has an email client that truly is mobile Outlook and can accommodate multiple Exchange accounts and multiple POP accounts and can merge calendars with colours so you can see your complete set of calendars on a single view ….
Come on Google, get a grip. Get behind the professionalism, the business mentality, let the engineers do their thing but do not let them run the company. Microsoft is about to accelerate past the whole lot and leave you wondering what happened … and lets not go there again, we’ve had this with the PC’s for the last million years!
As I wrote in November, the time from the Apple PC to the IBM PC was around 5 years and while the excitment at the time was around the large mainframe vendor providing a PC the management of IBM did not take it seriously. However it changed the world.
The reason, the Application, something that has most recently, in an attempt to make it a TLA has become the App – seems we all have to preserve the air and using full words is wasteful.
The killer App for the MSDOS platform, to use the like terminology being used in Smartphone space, was Lotus 1-2-3. The Apple II (1977) along with the Tandy, the Atari in 1978 and IBM in 1981. The adoption of the PC architecture by Northern Telecom, ICL, Compaq (1983), Dell (1986), AST Research, Epson, HP, NEC, Olivetti, WYSE, Zenith Data Systems … werr all about running the killer App of Lotus 1-2-3.
The Guardian reports that Android is leading in its article this weekand it shows Windows as almost none existant. Yet, the perceived wisdom of the street is that Apple is the leading phone and the one everyone is talking about, so how can Android be in the lead right now?
Taking history, the other aspect that made MSDOS the main platform was that it appeared on so many hardware offerings and enabled the killer App to run without issue. In fact the famous “Gang of Nine” pushed to get a hardware defined standard for add-on products, leading eventually to things like USB, Bluetooth and 802.11 (WiFi).
Everyone that ever used MSDOS will have cursed the memory issues, the painful interface, the amount of geek you had to be to keep it alive and the fragile nature of floppy disks. Apple, Commodore, Amiga had seriously better user interfaces, far more friendly but they did not have that killer App. Microsoft eventually bowed to pressure and delivered Windows, and it was a horrid example, in fact it was not until Windows 3.11 that it became useful.
In fact Microsoft are known to make things hated by the customer base. Things like Windows 1.0, Windows 95, Windows ME, Windows Vista and yet they also manage to correct the mistake and cause a massive market acceptance with things like Windows 3.11, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows 7 and yet the customer base tolerates the bad and cheers about the good. Yet, all the way through its the killer App that leads the charge. It was Word Perfect, DBase, Supercalc, AutoCAD but soon became Word, Access, Excel, Powerpoint and now is Office 2010 with Sharepoint, Exchange and most recently Lync.
So, why Android ahead, I would suggest because it has part 1 of the equation, that is its multiplatformed. There are so many choices for Android phones from so many vendors, while Apple and RIM are only available from Apple and RIM. The strength of the IBM PC was MSDOS and the compatible hardware of the clones to run MSDOS so the killer App worked across the board.
I have been using Office 365 with Online Exchange, Online Sharepoint and it is enabling me to edit files on my PC, my Tablet, my Phone, my friends iPAD, my friends PC, a PC at a client and its combining Office WebApps anywhere with Dropbox with Exchange email. That is indeed a killer App, and it runs on any platform.
Now, Windows Mobile runs on any platform, alongside Android, so perhaps if that was on the only factor then its likely by the end of 2014 the market share will look like Android 40%, Windows 40%, Apple 20%, RIM 0%, Symbian 0%. However with the killer App and the association of Microsoft with Microsoft infrastucture I would suggest its more likely to be Android 30%, Windows 50%, Apple 20%, RIM 0%, Symbian 0%.
So, my suggestion is that Windows Mobile is coming at speed, they are late, but then Apple to IBM was 5 years so the game is by no means over and they understand what they need to do and they are doing it. The latest Windows Mobile phones are single core cpu and running better than iPhone, beating them at tests, for example ITPro Head to Head
They have the multi-platform, they have the performance, they have the killer App and they are late, but I predict they have learnt from the past and they will be ahead of the pack in the very near future. This week coming, in Barcelona, will be very, very interesting.
Dave @ Elementum Evelor Ltd
In 2013 who will be delivering what to the user needing computation power that which was the Desktop PC, became the Laptop PC and is now rapidly heading to Tablets and Phones, OK Smartphones to be American about it (they like the specific).
As mentioned in my last blog, it would seem we have forgotten the past, and hence are condemned to repeat it. It was 5 years from the first Apple to the first IBM PC. The first iPhone was 2007, that would put the appearance of the winner to appear at the end of 2012.. this year, to be secured of the win.
RIM is lost, proprietary hardware, proprietary developer platform, unique value moved from Outlook client to free SMS (in the form of BBM) for teenagers. The BB Torch is swore at by most owners, the touch experience being miserable especially if sat next to an iPhone user and looking at the ease it can be deliver through. If another delivers free SMS .. kik messenger http://kik.com/ is just that, enabling all you can eat internet to provide SMS chat between all and every platform. RIM, in the apprentice like tone, goodbye.
Android, now Google has all to play for, but simply have not learnt from the PC experience. I suspect those in the company are not old enough to recall and they could do with buying in some history, the wise of sage of old does have value in the new world. If you let multiple versions appear, put the source in the public domain, enable enthusiasts to do what they like the end result is Linux-like. That is an inability to gain any traction as the platform is under constant change. As a developer of Apps you have enough of a challenge meeting your own deadlines without struggling to align to the constantly shifting sands of the platform.
Already the Android 2.1 phone I have is struggling to run the latest update of Facebook while the 2.3 is under no such struggle. Expected I hear you say … however, the Application vendor in in the PC arena would always state the platform required … it was written on the side of the box. Apple will not authorise the App appearing in the Store if it does not cut it, Google have no such controls in place. That places Android in the consumer space, despite the set of tools they have that could take it to the corporate arena.
It would appear that Google still think the killer App is search, pity, as while that does provide some real value it needs to be multi-platform to make it fly, so, for a smartphone, its not the killer App.
Symbian, well and truly lost with Accenture. Very sad that they took an App based platform called EPOC that made the Psion the leading light of organisers that with the addition of a phone and a camera could have been called a smartphone. This is a typical Geoffrey Moore Escape Velocity (http://tinyurl.com/7wk5pdu) issue in that those at Symbian saw large revenue coming in from the distant future as a mountain climber believes they can see the summit, as they came to the edge they fell. They had it all, and let it slide through their fingers through lack of innovative vision, as Moore suggests they missed Horizon 3. Goodbye Symbian.
Apple is the darling of the moment, the niche of the past. If the iPhone was not music, phone, camera and App platform it would be nothing … what I hear you say, mildly accusing me of being a rocket scientist!! My point is that I have heard from many that music alone is not the killer App, the App’s they run are not killer either, the phone is mediocre with rubbish battery life and the camera is acceptable. So, none of the features are killer on their own, yet it’s the darling of the moment. Sure, the RIM selection is not much better. The Google selection is significantly worse, the wild west of Apps ..
As I have mentioned before, Microsoft have a huge amount of resource to call upon. They may have messed up Windows 3.0, Windows 95, Windows ME and Windows Vista but they corrected them with Windows 3.11, Windows 98SE, Windows XP and Windows 7 … I could say the same about Wordperfect, Lotus 123, Supercalc, Autocad, Eudora, DBaseIII and the full Microsoft Office Suite. They took a while to get there, but from 2007 onwards they have taken the world by storm.
The dump of Open Office into Apache from Oracle, so removing it from mainstream corporate selection and with Google Docs being a half-hearted attempt and integrating the features of Office is pushing the Microsoft Office provision to the fore. As Microsoft learn about Cloud, data sovereignty, SaaS and what a real Office365 will look like and deliver the scene will be set.
The original RIM was only an Outlook client, no phone, no camera, and yet it was adopted by the masses. To get 24 hr email was a means of the many communicating to the many often. It bridged time zones, it followed you to the restaurant, it was a sure way of improving communication…. or so the world thought and is based on some truth.
If Microsoft can get Office365 to appear on Windows Mobile 8, Android, iPhone, iPad, RIM and even PC (thick or thin client) then it will provide the end user with the killer App. Every school will run it, every office will run it, and hence every home will run it … and we have our repeat of history.
Apple with iOS have a bigger following, but they remain the “Nouveau niche” in the Apple fan club.
RIM is lost, unless it can rapidly find defendable value.. Geoffrey Moore, Escape Velocity would be good reading.
Symbian are forgotten, long gone.
Google with Android become the other “Nouveau niche” with the geeks in their modern version of Linux.
Microsoft become the provider of the killer App that works fine on all of the above and really well on Windows Mobile 8.
Here is a thought, my 12 yr. old daughter is bored with 3D as it brings nothing and after hounding for a Blackberry for months before Christmas to get BBM and “free” SMS she then immediately installed KiK and now admits any phone with unlimited Internet would have done … one down, look at the stock price, the market see’s it too.
PS I have not ever been employed by any of the above, despite how it might read. I would, in fact, welcome a conversation about the escape velocity and strategy with any of them.