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re: Yoshida in China: Vendors caught napping on smartphones
DMcCunney   8/18/2012 5:07:15 AM
I think we're seeing an example of something I've been thinking about for a while - that every phone will be a smartphone, simply because it *can* be. The hardware has gotten cheap enough that a feature phone is no longer the best that can be done on a limited platform. We may see "feature phones" that have specs comparable to smartphones, with the limitations being imposed in software. And those limitations might be flexible and dependent on the plan the customer got with the carrier. Need a cheap phone? Get a low end model with limited features and low data usage caps. Need something more? Pay for a more expensive plan and get the magic words needed to install the software to do those things together with bandwidth that will make them doable. Meanwhile, there are an assortment of choices. Aside from Windows Mobile (which will have an uphill fight against China's distrust of a platform *it* doesn't control), there is Android. And aside from Android, you have Japan's Access Corp's ALP (Access Linux Platform), based on the smartphone Linux port they got through acquisition of China Mobile coupled with software they got through their acquisition of Palmsource, Palm's form,er OS division. Access Corp has had their eye on the Chinese market for years. You also have things like Nokia's former Symbian OS, now open source, and HP's WebOS, going open source. A left field possibility is a Chinese acquisition of RIM and use of their platform (though that may not be popular with existing Blackberry customers. Or they might go home grown, though it's hard to imagine not using Linux as a base.

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re: Yoshida in China: Vendors caught napping on smartphones
chanj0   8/14/2012 11:58:11 PM
Smartphone is the best platform to leverage the convenience that Mobile Internet is bringing to the market. As more people are looking for being connected, smartphone or mobile platform market will only grow in the next few years. As the incoming gap is so big in China, the luxury iPhone may not be the solution. An entry level low cost platform may be a better choice. HTC has been launching product in this category. Question still comes down to for those vendors wanting to catchup in the movement of Mobile Internet, what would be the best platform - Android, Windows Mobile or Home-Grown?

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