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[7]: Comment by shmerl
by Nelson on Tue 19th Mar 2013 06:51 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by shmerl"
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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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RE[8]: Comment by shmerl
by MOS6510 on Tue 19th Mar 2013 06:57 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by shmerl"
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If someone stumbles you do have to be there to take advantage and I think Samsung has done that pretty well. They have and are still spending a lot of money on marketing, but it seems like money well spend as Samsung & Galaxy have become well known names.

Remember that marketing was/is Apple's weapon to erase any negatives of their products.

Samsung has used marketing to establish them as the (only) valid alternative to the iPhone.

Now it seems they are moving to control the entire experience like Apple does. Hardware, software.

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RE[9]: Comment by shmerl
by Nelson on Tue 19th Mar 2013 07:07 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by shmerl"
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I think they'll already there, and in some cases even beyond Apple. Samsung controls _everything_ . The memory chips, the displays, the processors, everything. The entire process is Samsung.

That's incredible when you think of it, especially if you think of how fast its happened. Samsung has their fingers in every cookie jar.

They release phones for every OS (Windows Phone, Bada, Tizen, Android, did I miss any?), they are willing to throw anything at any wall to get success to stick.

It is a great strategy once you're the size of Samsung but it speaks utterly to the lack of any soul as a company. They don't have a core vision or design philosophy. Maybe they'll try to shove one down people's throats a few years down the road, but it'll be like when Microsoft got serious about design, awkward and disjointed at first.

I'm actually doubtful about Android's future existence, I think it'll implode eventually like Windows Mobile did, but even more spectacularly..

but I have complete and utter faith in Samsung's agility to pivot from Android to whatever they need. I just don't think they'll do the OS engineering least not with success. They just don't have the discipline or the talent.

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