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Notes on life, by James Welch



The ‘Droids are Coming. iPhone Scared? It Should Be.

Apple’s iPhone is sitting pretty. It can afford to but only for a short while.

Apple can afford to sit pretty, but only for a short while. (Hat tip to David Kainer at Viva La Mobile)

I read today that Apple will now do for newspapers what it has already done for music. It’ll revitalise the industry’s slumping sales. (see mediahunter ) That’s impressive. But, for iPhone, that’s a red herring.

What’s more, the iPhone is going from strength to strength. 30 million pockets across the globe relish an iPhone. In a couple of years, it may be 50 million. That’s impressive. But, for market share, that’s a red herring.

A red herring only because the ‘droids are coming.

First, the ‘droids won’t leave any space for under-performing phone brands: Blackberry and Nokia and friends better do something big and cool… and very functional. Second, the ‘droids will make iPhone run hard.

Blade Runner: Nexus Six

For those of you not engrossed by Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, here’s a quick overview of its relevance. In the 1982 screen adaptation of Philip K Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” (1968), the replicants (the androids) came back, rebellious, having learned how to learn. They were the Nexus version six. In short, Nexus Six. Well, Google just launched its first phone, the Nexus One, using the Android operating system.

It’s only a matter of time before Nexus Six is here.

Google Android: Nexus One

What this means is: Continue reading “The ‘Droids are Coming. iPhone Scared? It Should Be.”

The Google Wave: tidal or mexican?

It was that clever bloke at Intel who said that every 18 months the microchip size would shrink, the capacity would grow and the world would change. (See Moore’s Law.) In January 09 The Economist pointed out to us all that as consumers we’d take advantage of the situation and stop trading up and start cashing in (see ‘insert’).

The Economist Jan09
The Economist Jan09

And then Google gobbles Continue reading “The Google Wave: tidal or mexican?”

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