Saturday, December 3, 2011

Find: The Global Smartphone Market Landscape

Smartphones about 30% world market. Integrated makers slowing, open (android) growing. Check out Samsung! 

The Global Smartphone Market Landscape

Find: Apple could buy the mobile phone industry

Apple could buy everyone except Samsung and still have $25b left. Course they won't. They'll turn to a new market. 

Apple could buy the mobile phone industry | Updated

The last time I did this comparison (Apple could buy the mobile phone industry | asymco) was in June after the end of the second quarter. The following chart is an updated look.


 


Find: The big bang theory of computing

With tablets apple will soon blow by hp to be the top pc seller worldwide. 

The big bang theory of computing

HP’s CEO Meg Whitman admitted that, when iPads are included, Apple will overtake HP as the world’s leader in computer shipments.


“We need to improve our game and our products to take over the leadership position. Apple could go past HP in 2012. We will try to become the champion in 2013.


When the quarterly shipment data is seen as a chart the doubt of this happening disappears:




Find: Interview with SIGGRAPH ASIA 2011 Speaker & Microsoft Researcher Bill Buxton

Glad bill also thinks displays are a big part of the future of graphics. He's always been a leader in bringing the human element to the field.

Interview with SIGGRAPH ASIA 2011 Speaker & Microsoft Researcher Bill Buxton

Bill Buxton, a principal researcher for Microsoft Research, will be making a presentation during SIGGRAPH Asia. He recently got a chance to discuss his work.

Find: Navigation with way-finding graphics: with Tony Howard

Part of the inspiration for the metro mobile ui. Nice discussion of color. 

Navigation with way-finding graphics: with Tony Howard


Tony Howard, the Managing Director of the London based Transport Design Consultancy discusses his approach to way-finding signage.

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Find: Google and Apple Are Both Winners in Mobile Race

Android and rim are 70% of mobile market and climbing. Rim 3rd and falling. 

Google and Apple Are Both Winners in Mobile Race, Report Says

According to a new report to be issued Wednesday by Nielsen, the market research firm, Google and Apple are both winning in the mobile smartphone race. Android has become the operating system of choice for most consumers, partly because of the inexpensive handset options available through phone carriers. Apple's iPhone has become the predominant hardware choice, for 29 percent of all smartphone owners.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Find: Amazon Kindle Fire Review

Great hardware for price, software needs work. 

Amazon Kindle Fire Review


I'll be honest here (I always am?): I don't understand the iPad comparison. The Kindle Fire and iPad 2 couldn't be more different. They are vastly different sizes, shapes and prices. They even serve slightly different functions. The search for an iPad killer reminds me of the search for a Voodoo killer back during the heyday of 3dfx in the late 1990s.





The Kindle Fire serves entirely different purposes than to take marketshare away from Apple.

Find: Microsoft reportedly launching Office for iPad in 2012

About time. Good idea. 

Microsoft reportedly launching Office for iPad in 2012

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Microsoft's released a few apps here and there for the iPhone and iPad but has kept one of its prize breadwinners out of the iOS fray. According to The Daily, that all might change in 2012 with the launch of Office for iPad. The publication claims that this new release will play nice with Office 365's cloud-based service, and iPad documents should be compatible with the desktop versions of Office. In fact, this closely mirrors both Office for Windows Phone and iWork on the iPad, with document syncing and compatibility between mobile and desktop apps. Office for iPad's price point also is rumored to be similar to iWork on iOS's $10 per app pricing. The Daily claims a new Office for Mac will be coming out closer to the end of 2012, but...



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Find: BenQ releases Joybee GP2 mini projector with iPhone / iPod dock

Sweet. Put it in the phone please. 

BenQ releases Joybee GP2 mini projector with iPhone / iPod dock

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Find: Gingerbread is on over half of all Android phones

Not so bad now. Note hcomb Rare and ics not on radar yet.

Gingerbread is on over half of all Android phones

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Find: Nokia's Richard Kerris

Interesting thought on local apps.

5 Minutes on The Verge: Nokia's Richard Kerris

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Find: "Infinity Blade 2" dazzles critics

Local co a leader in mobile gaming. 

"Infinity Blade 2" dazzles critics

Cary-based Epic Games' new sequel to its best-selling "Infinity Blade" game for Apple mobile devices is getting a huge thumbs-up from gaming sites.


"Infinity Blade 2," which can be downloaded for $6.99 as of today from Apple's iTunes site, is "the perfect video game sequel," gushes IGN.


TouchArcade, meanwhile, calls it a masterpiece, "a technically and visually gifted game that consistently delivers eye-popping stuff."


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Find: Android Sells the Smartphones; Apple Makes the Money

Kinda shocking. The value of experience over ubiquity. But then Google didn't want experience, it wanted platform.

From Oppenheimer's Handset Guidebook, via Gruber's Daring Fireball


Android Sells the Smartphones; Apple Makes the Money

Android really is winning, no sarcasm, for HTC and Samsung. But they’re fighting over the remaining scraps of profit left by Apple.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Find: Is it Game Over for Nintendo DS and Sony PSP?

Portable players shrinking as percent market. Hmm, what about absolute terms?

Is it Game Over for Nintendo DS and Sony PSP?


Digital content distribution has disrupted several notable industries.  With the original iPod media player and iTunes Store, Apple changed the face of the music industry.  And the Internet, in particular, has played a role in commoditizing news.  All told, digital distribution of media has starkly impacted news, magazines, books, television, music, film and more.


Recently, no industry has been more impacted by digital distribution than video games.  Leading the disruption are iOS and Android devices, whose free and inexpensive games, distributed across a massive installed base of powerful and networked tablet and mobile phone form factors, have already disrupted billions of dollars of game revenue.  In this blog post, Flurry focuses on how mobile devices have severely altered the shape and flow of revenue in the multi-billion dollar portable game category.


Portable gaming, played primarily on Nintendo DS and Sony PSP devices, has been dominated by these two companies for over two decades.  In this model, at retail, consumers pay around $200 for the gaming device and up to $40 for popular game cartridges.  Because of the similar form factor, overlap in consumer base (especially younger players on iPod touch) and the casual nature of game content, Flurry combines iOS and Android devices with traditional portable devices to form the category.  With the inclusion of smartphone game revenue into the category, shifts taking place in market share become clearer.


iOS, Android, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, Game Revenue