Archive for 'Mobile'

The Web Commoditizes Operating Systems, not Phones

In a future where every 3rd party thing you do on your phone is done using some sort of web-based UI, phones are only differentiated by (in no particular order): Industrial design Battery life Performance of web apps on the device Quality of UX for essential built in functions (e.g. voice calling) Price That is, […]

iOS versus Android: OS Footprint is not a Proxy for Application Footprint

This analysis by Henry Blodget on Business Insider makes the classic (repeated ad-nauseum) mistake of putting Apple in a race they’re not in. Apple does not make a third party OS platform for phones. It makes phones and it makes an application platform for developers. What he is implicitly doing is using OS footprint as a […]

The Mobile OS Under the Streetlamp

The debate du jour in tech circles is Android versus iOS. It makes for a great narrative — two big players duking it out, each with their own strengths. The story to date is that iOS took the early lead, but that Android will be the winner in the long run. So goes the conventional wisdom. […]

The Only App Phone

What makes a phone an app phone is not the ability to run apps, or even that it’s a great app development platform. It is the fact that people are using apps in great and growing numbers on that phone, that there is a sense of gold rush among developers, that people are paying for […]