Originally Posted by ThinkPeople
next up RIMM, then, Android
Don't get too excited, for all its current flaws, the Android is here to stay, and as I predicted a long time ago when many Apple diehards are gloating, the Android phones in totality can eclipse the iPhone, and so far, has come true.
Part of this is the impact of the carrier subsidy in the smartphone business plan -- both the carrier and the phone manufacturers benefit. And Google will be the greatest beneficiary of all. The fact that Google will likely remain the major developer, it can exploit the Android for its own business plan - notwithstanding the efforts of carriers, manufacturers to put a stamp to the Android.
That the Android has proved itself to be viable, means that there is a great chance also that it shall eventually have a role to play in the tablet market. Because it is freely licensed, that is "freeby" that many mobile device manufacturers cannot ignored.
It's true too that the Android manufacturers maybe fragmented right now, but let's not forget that a number of manufacturers of Android devices have more depth than some American based mulinationals like Motorola, HP or Canadian RIM or even Nokia.
Samsung for example is the biggest company in South Korea. Once their initial attempts in other consumer markets were laughed at or considered inferior, but many of their products have now improved. Unlike many of the multinationals in the mobile devices, Samsung is more diversified and can absorbed more missed hits than the likes of the Palm, Dell or RIMM. The same can be said of those China-Taiwan techno-conglomerate manufacturers, We may dismiss their attempts now but like Samsung, some of these are big conglomerates, and their missed hits can be cushioned by their other businesses.
Whether they can really beat Apple in the tablet is another story, for as long as Apple continue to innovate and improve its ecosystem.
I am predicting that if Apple pays as much attention to the less glamorous needs of the enterprise and in big institutions where the tablet business will truly become the bulk of tablet applications will be ones it matures.
Part of this enterprise strategy may require the iPad to become a standalone mobile computer device with option to link to local servers and the cloud.
It may be true that many companies, as well as those in technology and biomedicine, are taking great interest on iOS devices. That inhouse development as well as third party Apps have helped in this goal on becoming more relevant. Eventually however, it must be Apple who must develop a more cohesive and comprehensive tools that are needed by the enterprise.
Some may not like Microsoft/Bill Gates but it was the instinct of Bill Gates on licensing and his business feel of the needs of enterprise that really made Microsoft the behemoth of its time. A strategy that continue to buffer Microsoft, even if it may had lackluster results in some of its more recent ventures.
This does not mean that Apple should license its intellectual property as Microsoft did.