Mobile boom in '11 and beyond expected and going to happen WW. However its not iOs, or Android who is going to lead the market share. Just in the mid '10 before iP4 we were talking how Adroid app. would catch up AppSto. Now we have a serious race
Windows is pushing hard, putting lot of efforts with partners to promote WP7, and taiwanese computer producers are planed to reveal pads run on Win7 at early '11. No need to mention about HP and imminent Palmbooks.
However, what about service providers, are they really ready to support our hunger for mobile computing with cheap costs, im doubtful about that. Only at Norway and some parts of US we have ultra-high speed GSM networks working. With current announced WW networking plans our dream might be postponed to early '12
@rick.merritt: thanks for the update on the coming tsunami of smart phones.
I have a different perspectives on this. I believe there are already too many players saturating the smart phone and tablet market. It doesn't justify the explosive growth they are all counting on UNLESS the subscription rates come down drastically. The subscription plans have to come down to the levels that represent a reasonable premium over the existing 'dumb' phone model. Alternately, the carriers should entertain a model where they give away the voice plans for free in return for connectivity to a 'smart phone plan.'
Take a look at the rising service drops of cable TV market in today's economy. Even basic cable connections are losing out to consumers' belt-tightening. They are least likely to shell out similar dollars for a smart phone plan. This problem will most likely play out even worse in developing economies whose massive volumes the smart phone OEMs are counting on! Many people in those countries will simply NOT need the smarts of a smart phone!!
I remain skeptical the 'explosive' growth in smart phone market because the consumers are already spoiled to a lower cost mobile market. Unless and until the subscription charges, this is what we can expect in 2011.
Dr. MP Divakar
Google is trying to bring the cloud technology to the consumers across the world. They would only seel the device, which I have across recntly. It is actually called as chrome and any one order it and give feedback to google. In future we might see many smartphones and tablets can leverage the cloud computing but I don't think this will anyway end the microsoft dominance in operating systems.
The trend is going to be towards personal devices as true clients rather than as relatively self-contained servers. We needed laptops, which could function as standalone devices much of the time, but now that wireless broadband (note the vagueness around this term) is becoming available we can move more readily into tablets and other mobile but tethered devices. Again, the network is the computer.
It's here where Nokia may get this right. The situation they found themselves in meant that they needed a good way to do multi-platform development and the Qt SDK is their answer. Depending on how much or how little they embrace alternatives to Symbian and MeeGo as outputs will make a difference of note of course.
Google dual OS strategy is really silly. Chrome OS for netbook & Android for tablet & smart phones!!(throw everything against the wall & see what sticks!). IMO a cloud OS like ChromeOS is ahead of the market. Nobody really has 24 hours uninterrupted & unlimited 3G internet. Often when I travel, I cant get a decent 3G connection Or even if get a connection, sometimes speed sucks or even if the speed is good, then there is the limits on the data volume!!
Why dont they do one thing right? ie to make android better than iOS?
I think the platform with the most/best apps will win the OS war. I don't see how HP/Palm's WebOS can catchup with the apps available for iOS and Android platforms. Same goes with MeeGo. Microsoft and Blackberry may have a chance if they can attract enough apps developers to write apps for their platforms. Anyhow, 2011 will be an interesting year for the mobile industry as the tsunami hits.