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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I think the part about MS was a bit of wishful thinking:

But clearly, in the Google vs. Apple smartphone (and soon-to-be, certainly tablet) wars, the big loser almost certainly is going to be has already been Microsoft. Not only can I not imagine them being able to make up for their lost momentum enough to be more than a side player, there just aren't many people who are really rooting for them to win.

To begin with most people don't buy phones to root for companies. They buy them for features.

I wouldn't discount MS when Zune HD is pretty slick and makes use of their xbox live service for movie rentals and music. A lot of business users will buy Wp7 just for portable MS office.

But the real problem is that there is really no compelling reason to get an Android. Android games suck compared to the iphone and lot of people are going with Google simply because they don't want to switch to AT&T. Google has gained ground due to a lack of competition.

Google has also made a mistake by fragmenting their own market. Google is hyping 2.2 but there are devices that are currently shipping with 1.5. They also have been too loose with hardware specs. Carriers can build basically any type of device with any Android version which causes headaches for developers.

I wanted to see Google put some pressure on Apple but so far I have been disappointed. People aren't leaving the iPhone for droid. Google is mainly picking up Verizon customers and people that don't care about having a bazillion apps.

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