Subject: A comment concerning analytical and factual errors in the presented editorial.
First off, I believe that the bulk of the article is well presented. However, several errors mar the editorial and confer a sense of bias. Most of this begins in the latter sections concerning the ugly year shared by Google, Microsoft and Samsung.
"crisis they had invented surrounding Apple's own bundled Maps offering"
Switching from Google powered Maps to Apple Maps with ios 6 came with a number of feature losses. While it was certainly not a "crisis" it not exactly something to tout as irrelevant.
64 bit chips will do nothing for CPU performance in the short term, period. In the long term, they will facilitate use of more than 4 GBs of memory (RAM). This will be important in the future, but is mostly irrelevant now.
"Google doesn't even have an articulated 64-bit strategy for Android because Android isn't moving forward as a cutting edge mobile platform"
Unless you count Motorola, Google doesn't make chips. It supplies an OS. Furthermore, Android is a modified version of linux, an operating system that has been 64-bit compliant before Apple (even before OSX). Other than driver development, (which is usually handled by the phone manufacturer as part of the phone development process) there is not much that changes. 32-bit applications will run on a 64-bit machine, and unless you want to run physics simulations on your phone, this is pretty much irrelevant to app developers as well.
"Windows Phone 8 last winter with little success apart from whittling Nokia down into an acquirable size through the sheer destruction of its smartphone sales. "
I'm quite certain that Nokia experienced year over year smartphone growth. No one can confuse them with any of the big players right now, but its market share tripled from Q2 to Q3. Nokia's market share was "destroyed" years ago. If we're discussing 2013, the truth is that they experienced growth (even though it was relatively small).
" Windows 8.1, which managed to further damage a major market that was actually wildly successful at one point: the Windows PC"
I don't really see how 8.1 damaged anything in particular. Maybe Windows 8 did but 8.1 is just a service pack. It wasn't panned and it wasn't the greatest thing since sliced bread. it just was.
"Samsung was hailed as the heir apparent of Apple: innovative, expanding and profitable."
What are you smoking? I've never heard this from anyone ever. ( Personal Opinion: I do think samsung innovates from a technology, circuit, and manufacturing point of view, I've just never heard it from anyone in the tech media.)
I could go on but much of the article is just factual distortion and biased supposition. There is a lot of truth in the article, but it's being bathed in crude oil.
Edited by rapatel0 - 12/29/13 at 6:31pm