Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Mar 2013 22:17 UTC
Apple Apple's Phil Shiller has been trash-talking Android in the press these past few days - just as Samsung is about to launch its Galaxy S4. "Public, preemptive slamming of a competitor is far outside Apple's PR wheelhouse; it's a dramatic shift for a company used to making news rather than reacting to it. But why is it happening?" The Verge hits the nail on the head: "Cupertino's behavior this week is yet another symptom of Samsung's stratospheric rise in the smartphone market globally, a rise that challenges Apple and has outright stifled Android competitors like HTC and Sony."
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The transition to music on mobile phones was already well under way - I saw a study how in 2007 or 2008 ~20% of mobile phone users in Europe used them also for music consumption. That alone was already more than all iPods ever made (which generally had a slower start than most people think - and only in few atypical places, while most of the world was already transitioning to mobile phones)

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