Linked by David Adams on Tue 25th May 2010 04:07 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Over at Daringfireball this past weekend, John Gruber put words to what many people are thinking about after Google's rush of Android announcements and not-subtle Apple-bashing at this week's I/O conference: "all-out war." I agree with Gruber that a good old-fashioned bitter rivalry could be a great thing for the computing world, and for smartphone/handheld fans in particular.
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Nice article.
by cjlacz on Tue 25th May 2010 04:59 UTC
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2010-05-13

I agree Microsoft looks like it's in a bad position now. It would be interesting to see them create their hardware and become a little more Apple like, but they lack the experience and probably lack important patents. They've got a lot of great technology though. If they can get pointed in the right direction I'm sure they could have an impact.

I wonder if it's still a little early for the cloud computing revolution. Chrome seems a little ahead of it's time yet. Have both Android and Chrome is confusing to customers. It doesn't seem like Google really has a plan in mind. I do like some of Android's cloud features, but some of Google's privacy issues question whether I really want all my data on their servers.

Who knows that Apple's plan is for cloud computing, but they seem to be in a good position to transition their product line in that direction if/when they need to. For now, the App model seems to be most popular and I imagine it will be for quite a while. I can't see personal computers disappearing from households in the next few years either, so their current syncing system doesn't seem like a big problem.

I don't think this new computing world is going to be conducive to a monopoly as we've had with Microsoft the past umpteen years. I don't think Apple is aiming to crush all competition. They can survive quite well with a piece of the pie. Google's all out war attitude reminds me more of Microsoft, but Google's strategy probably depends on them having a large market share. Still, their all out war attitude against Apple doesn't seem to make much sense. I think there is more than enough room for both.

A lot of these applications are accessible so many different ways. Simplenote for example, I use their web app on the iPhone, two different apps on the Mac, and their web site on the PC. Flickr, twitter and other services are the same. Data floats between machines with much more ease it's going to be hard for one company to kick all the others out.

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