Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Aug 2013 21:16 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I wrote this almost exactly three years ago, to much debate:

Sure, Apple will most likely still make far more money per sold iPhone device than competitors will per Android phone, but the trend is clear: as much as I love my iPhone, it will be relegated to a ~10% market share figure within a few quarters.

It took a little longer than "a few quarters", but here we are. Android has revolutionised the smartphone market. I'm not particularly happy about that (both Android and Samsung are far too dominant, which is bad for the market and thus for consumers), but there it is.

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RE[2]: The final conclusion???
by Lennie on Thu 8th Aug 2013 18:01 UTC in reply to "RE: The final conclusion???"
Lennie
Member since:
2007-09-22

I think it will be hard to innovate at the OS/hardware on smartphone at all.

So what big advances are going to happen ?

The biggest problem right now is: battery technology.

If that gets improved, there can be proper innovation again.

There are some signs that it might happen though.

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RE[3]: The final conclusion???
by Fergy on Thu 8th Aug 2013 18:10 in reply to "RE[2]: The final conclusion???"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

The biggest problem right now is: battery technology.

Having a 2x better battery technology would be nice but I think it can be solved by smarter engineering. Intel is working hard on this stuff with integrated power management processors and choosing the most power efficient components for the motherboard. On top of that software can be a lot smarter. My phone does a lot of stuff in the background when it is in my pocket. Why? It should just standby for calls/sms and do the bare minimum of keeping the clock running.
My HTC One has a few battery tricks I like and that really work well but even then it could be much better.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Making the software or apps more efficient is a slow process everyone needs to repeat.

If it can be solved at the source, it would mean all these other people don't have to think about (as much) anymore. This allows developers to focus on more useful things.

That alone already makes a huge difference.

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RE[4]: The final conclusion???
by leos on Fri 9th Aug 2013 02:06 in reply to "RE[3]: The final conclusion???"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

On top of that software can be a lot smarter. My phone does a lot of stuff in the background when it is in my pocket. Why? It should just standby for calls/sms and do the bare minimum of keeping the clock running.


So you don't want email, you don't want the system to check for updates, you don't want push notifications about anything, etc etc
Plenty of legitimate reasons for background activity.

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