Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd May 2012 16:13 UTC
Google Google CEO Larry Page was interviewed on Charlie Rose recently, and there was certainly some interesting stuff in there. Sadly, the interview suffers from the curse of modern journalism in that it was all a bit timid and civil (no truly harsh and confronting questions), but despite that, it's still a good watch. Two quotes from Page really stood out to me.
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RE[3]: are you kidding?
by zima on Sun 27th May 2012 02:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: are you kidding?"
zima
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Not Oracle, but sun was a major player in the mobile space. [...] Sun had licensed JavaME (Mobile Edition) to dumb phone makers. They have zero market now

Micro Edition.

Also, "zero" isn't quite right... NVM huge existing base, it still ships on tons of less expensive devices (I wouldn't be surprised if on more devices than all smartphone OS ones combined) - "dumb phones"* like Nokia S40 or most of what Samsung sells.
And not only "dumb phones" - Bada and Symbian include it, too.

Yeah, its prospects are not great, but it's out there and will still serve an important role for quite some time.
(I mean, one of the most popular j2me apps is the #1 mobile browser - and its users, usually on "dumb phone" handsets ( http://www.opera.com/smw/2011/11/ ), do increasingly seek out games, social apps, utilities http://www.opera.com/smw/2012/03/ )

* but really, if we'd try to apply any resemblance of rigorous definition, S40 is more of a smartphone than iPhone in its first year...
Or what about such very popular "dumb phones" like LG Cookie, Samsung Corby or Star? ("sub-Bada" touchscreens http://www.mobile-review.com/review/samsung-star2-s5260-rev-en.shtm... )

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