What's the point?
Posted Mar 8, 2012 12:58 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: What's the point?
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The market for rather low-end phones is surely one where we'll see strongly pushed B2G offerings first, due to the engagement of Telefonica, and that's a market where it's surely easier to make a significant impact than on the golden-iCage-loving US high-end market, for example.
Superconvincing argument. For 2006. Somewhat convincing argument. For 2009. Irrelevant argument. For 2012.
“Low spec” segment you are talking about is not dying. It's already dead. In a world where someone may sell device with 700 MHz processor and 256 Megabytes of RAM for $25 these differences are just not relevant. Pretty soon your basic $30-$50 phone will have SOC with 1GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM - more then enough for any contemporary phone OS. Sure, it'll have crappy LCD and, perhaps, cheap resistive touchscreen, but these things affect Android as much as they affect B2G.
But perhaps there's three or four people left in the "first world" that care at least a bit about personal freedom and privacy, then it might have some chance with them as well.
Oh, sure. There will be hundreds, perhaps thousands of them. Large number but not large enough to justify creation of even a single phone model (see OpenMoko story).
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