Ep 34 of 2011
There is no such thing as stability in today’s high tech landscape, and last week was no different. Hewlett Packard, a company which until recently could have been called a rock of stability in a ever changing tech world crumbled, with the announcement that it would no longer make PCs and tablets which all came as a bit of a shock considering it just launched the Touchpad.
Last week also saw Google’s OS Android overtake Apple's iOS in smartphone sales in Australia for the very first time.
In the 12 weeks to August 7, 42.9 per cent of smartphones sold in Australia were Android phones compared to 37.2 per cent for Apple's offerings. The recent rapid rise of Android in Australia mirrors trends seen overseas and serves to explain some of the recent animosity between Apple and Android phone makers. But keeping in mind the pending launch of iPhone 5 in the short term, is this just an apparition in the space time continuum.
Other phone operating systems such as Symbian and Microsoft’s Phone 7 seem to be on the decline, which is probably for good reason. Rivalry aside, Apple and Google both have a stable and reliable platform on which to develop tomorrows applications. They both have their own web browsers which work well with their respective phone Operating systems, and it now looks like Google is entering the hardware game with its recent acquisition of Motorola’s Mobility. Just in case you didn’t know, Motorola makes Android smartphones, tablets, Bluetooth accessories, set tops, DVRs, and an array of other powerful communications products that apparently connect people and simplify their lives.
So it looks like the playing field is almost level and the tussle to be the number one telecommunications company will soon be underway. It seems the only difference will be the cost of the Operating System, and how said operating systems interface with existing technology offerings from the respective companies. The deciding factors may come down to application developers and their return on investment for their hard work and effort, as well as consumer acceptance and ease of use of the hardware on offer.
Like with everything technological, these scenarios raise more questions than the answer. Will we see a new class divide? Will there be 2 camps of warriors – Apple and Google? And what will become of RIM, Microsoft and Nokia?
This week on
Tech Talk Radio
HP decides to pull the ping and stop making PCs and Tablets, Google’s small screen OS android has for the first time overtaken Apple's iOS in smartphone sales in Australia, as well Google strengthens their grip on hardware with the purchase of Motorola Mobility. Those ugly black Optus style street cables are making a come-back across Australia, Desperate measures for desperate times for Microsoft, and Apple targets the Big Apple for counterfeit product.
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