Tasting the Ice Cream Sandwich
Posted May 16, 2012 23:28 UTC (Wed) by ldo
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Consumers will buy all sorts of strange stuff...
No, they won’t. If they did. Windows Phone would not be languishing in fifth or sixth place, well behind Samsung Bada.
Android succeeded because it was the one platform that encouraged open-slather competition. Having a ready-made, adaptable OS lowered the cost of trying out risky new ideas. And handset makers were truly free to try out whatever ideas they wanted, regardless of what Google might have wished (Android 2.x tablets, anybody?). Most of them failed and were forgotten. But there were enough successes to make people realize that here was a platform to be taken seriously. And so success built on success, and we have reached the situation today where Samsung has knocked Nokia off its perch as the world’s number-one mobile-phone maker.
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