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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RE: Nice article.
by mrhasbean on Tue 25th May 2010 06:37 UTC in reply to "Nice article."
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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.


Despite what some would have you believe there is two way sync'ing of key data for those who subscribe to .Me services. I think this is something they will expand with future versions of the OS, and as mobile data speeds, reliability and data limits improve. Something they've always tried to be mindful of is pushing emerging technologies beyond their current useful limits - a lesson some others need to learn too.

When it comes to apps, again despite the spin some like to put on it there is a simple way of sharing apps with up to 100 other people without having to use the App store (http://developer.apple.com/programs/iphone/distribute.html), so even small companies can have custom apps written for internal use or individuals can write apps to share with their friends without having to go through the app store approval process - something that seems to be conveniently overlooked during discussions on the topic. While they are somewhat draconian and inconsistent with their rules the model is working relatively well and gives enough flexibility to satisfy their target audience, which is really all they're interested in. Google's model is also a good one, whether it's seen as such long term by the larger developers remains to be seen.

As for the future, I think Google is actually the one in the box seat. They own the data market, and data, information, has always been king. They can advertise their own products free of charge across a wide variety of generic web services, something that would cost their competition millions - millions that in turn would go into Google's pockets - so as more services become web based their position gets ever stronger. Whether they have the balls to control the market to the extent they must in order to consistently deliver a good user experience for tangible products remains to be seen.

I think they're a little like teenagers at the moment, trying to impress everyone so that they have lots of "friends" on their Facebook page. Unfortunately that usually creates "fine weather friends", and they may just have to tread on the toes of some of those friends if they want to be a long term player in markets that deal with something tangible. They certainly have some fantastic technologies available to them how they use them going forward will be interesting.

As for Microsoft, well who knows. They have this habit of coming out with something just at the right time. They still have some very good technologies under their belt, they just seem too slow off the mark to be considered relevant at the moment. But that can change in a heartbeat.

If I were a betting person though I'd be putting my money on a Google dominated future with all the others making up the rest of the landscape.

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