Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Mar 2013 15:51 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry's CEO: "Apple did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market ... They did a fantastic job with the user interface, they are a design icon. There is a reason why they were so successful, and we actually have to admit this and respect that. History repeats itself again I guess ... the rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don't innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly. The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about is now five years old." Ironic, perhaps, that this comes from a BlackBerry CEO, but that doesn't make him wrong - although I'm sure the usual suspects will claim that it does.
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RE[5]: Comment by shmerl
by Nelson on Tue 19th Mar 2013 06:06 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by shmerl"
Nelson
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2005-11-29

Who else is really innovating in a groundbreaking manner?
Certainly not Samsung. Wasting GPU power by shoving 440 pixels into a display the size of a phone isn't innovation. Shoving eight power hungry cores into an OS that shouldn't need it isn't innovation.

To Samsung's credit, the only thing I've seen them do that should made others envious is how they figured out the secret sauce to stylus based phones right under from everyone else's noses. I sincerely feel Samsung accidentally became successful with the Galaxy Note.

Everyone talks about how fast and innovative this sector is, I agree about fast, but the innovative part is still up in the air for me when it comes to OS vendors.

Google Now and Siri are interesting in that they approach the same problem with a different twist, but that's about _all_ that comes to mind when I think innovation that has happened.

There really has been no industry shaking, segment defining events since the iPad. I hate Apple, but I think its foolish to disregard all that they do.

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RE[6]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Tue 19th Mar 2013 06:22 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by shmerl"
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2010-06-08

Hardware innovation is indeed slow across all players. But software innovation isn't. That's what I mostly was talking about.

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RE[7]: Comment by shmerl
by Nelson on Tue 19th Mar 2013 06:49 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by shmerl"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I wouldn't go that far, but if you have concrete examples I'd love to hear them. I think I pointed out a lot of them in the form of Samsung's TouchWiz making stylus on Android palatable and in Siri/Google Now style personal assistants.

Surely if the pace of innovation is so rapid that Apple is being left in the dust, there must be a huge list of software innovations that undoubtedly put iOS at a disadvantage now or in the foreseeable future.

I don't know what's worse, you pushing this notion forward or the even scarier aspect that you might actually start to believe yourself.

Apple created, coined, and proved the current mobile OS ecosystem model. The 70/30 revenue model, the curated app store, the touch interaction models, hell, half of Samsung's form factors since like 2010, has all been Apple.

For every Apple service, you'll find an opposite but terrible S-Something implementation by Samsung.

Samsung is like the modern day megabloks compared to Apple's legos. Sorta kinda like the real thing, but not really, and people notice.

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RE[6]: Comment by shmerl
by MOS6510 on Tue 19th Mar 2013 06:23 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by shmerl"
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2011-05-12

I think Samsung's innovation is that they are the first company to successfully emulate Apple. In the near future we will probably see more actions from Samsung to become Asian's version of Apple.

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RE[7]: Comment by shmerl
by Nelson on Tue 19th Mar 2013 06:51 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by shmerl"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Samsung is like the consumer electronic version of Walmart. Its this really insidious and sprawling vertically aligned apparatus that has incredible cost structure because of it.

Samsung will go down in history as the luckiest company in modern history. Its amazing how they seemingly stumbled into success because HTC threw away the keys to the kingdom on Android. Remember DROID? Yeah, me either.

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