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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bnolsen
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2006-01-06

Wise decision on apple's part: They decided to cannibalize their own ipod market with smartphones before someone else could beat them to it. Contrast MS which crippled their own smartphones (winmo) and netbooks to protect their lucrative desktop share.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ipod_sales_per_quarter.svg - and only in few atypical places, while most of the world was already transitioning to mobile phones)

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