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what he explained, very badly, was that RIM plans to have its own proprietary OS for the long term, based on QNX, that requires more powerful processors than those being used today for phones/tabs. but that once those processors are available, RIM will use this new OS for all future products, including their BB's. (just like iOS does, which he dissed amazingly stupidly as noted by others here). well, fine, that's a reasonable 10 year technical plan. then he went on...
classic desktop applications do/store everything local. pure "cloud" apps do the opposite except for local scripts and plugins running inside the browser. what has made iOS apps, and now Android, so successful is that they mix and match both web/local components flexibly, depending on what they are focused on, to give users the best of both worlds. the user doesn't bother to think about what is web and what is local. it "just works." it's the focus on specific topics,...
first-world business models - ad revenue, paid apps, credit cards, broadband wifi access, etc. - do not work in the second and third world where most of that world population still live. Chrome OS is a first world product. (so are all the other new OS's.) someday some company in India or China or Indonesia or Brazil may very well make and sell a knock-off Chrome OS tablet for $25, and people will pirate the paid apps and find free/purloined wifi when they can. (just like...
Google wants an OS that totally depends on the Google "cloud." but no one else except total Google fanboys does. heck, they'll even be competing with Android as they attempt to scale it up to tablet size as well. Meanwhile, Apple at the same time next year will likely be bringing a lot of iOS into the Mac desktop/laptop Lion OS. which is exactly what people do want - a much simpler desktop OS for the 90% of the time they don't need all the complexity of a desktop OS X...
but ... serious gamers don't want another expensive two year contract for anything. many already pay for XBox Live. their games cost a lot. and they all already have some other smartphone on contract. there is just no room in that market for a phone device (except no-contract products with VOIP).and Sony Ericsson is not a game company. it is looking for something to save its smartphone business. it's getting killed in the commodity smartphone market by everyone else,...
the problem with much of this discussion is the great differences among gaming market segments are not being taken into account. as now, "hard core" gamers will keep using consoles and PC's. they need physical controls. they are mainly teens and young adults, and mostly male. and they pay high prices for those very expensive to develop games. so dollar-wise they are the biggest, most important share of the game market. thus a PGP that extends those hard core games to a...
then you ain't been reading much in 2010. go over to Gamasutra and search their news for "PSP" to get the sad story. last fiscal quarter, all PSP sales were down to just 1.5 million, only 50% of same quarter in 2009. the iPod touch is killing the PSP. same 2010 quarter 7 million were sold. like i said, going the way of the Walkman.
Sales of the PSP Go were not "disappointing" - they have been a disaster. the Go is a total flop. the old PSP2 outsells it! because it's cheap and the old games work - and you can still find them cheap now too. for Sony to switch to Android is a desperate "hail Mary." Nintendo at least is trying to salvage its DSI franchise with new technology - 3D. probably won't work either. but being one more Android "me too" commodity product is certain death for Sony's PSP...
that's a fair point. maybe MS' reported $400 million WP7 marketing program will push that share up. if they sell 10 million like Apple did in iPhone year 1, that would amount to $40 per WP7 phone of advertising. Ifixit always leaves advertising out of its product cost analyses.
looking at today's Nielsen survey, between 5% and 7% of those surveyed plan or desire to buy a new Windows phone (i guessed 5% below). which pretty much tells what's going to happen to it: MS' new "hobby."
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