“Apple is very happy with its iPhone sales, thanks, and those are unlikely to be hurt much, if at all, by the Nexus One. Not that the Nexus One can’t be a huge success for Google,” Bob Cringely writes for I, Cringely. “But here are the points everyone seems to be missing: 1) there is plenty of room in the mobile market for both Apple and Google, and; 2) this product introduction really marks the ultimate decline and fall of so-called ‘feature phones’ and the rise to dominance of smart phones. Within two years there will be no more feature phones, at least not in the U.S.”
MacDailyNews Take: We agree on both points.
Cringely continues, “This does mark the beginning of the smart phone shakeout, when the industry matures and inevitably drops to no more than three viably competitive smart phone platforms. So just as you have Windows, Mac, and some form of ‘nix fighting it out for desktops and notebooks, so too we’ll shortly have three major mobile platforms to choose from.”
Cringely writes, “iPhone and Android will be here for the long haul with the question being which of Symbian, Palm, Windows Mobile, or Blackberry will die?”
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MacDailyNews Take: Without a buyer, beleaguered Palm will be the first to go. And, oh by the way, Gogole didn’t unveil a phone yesterday, HTC did. Google slapped their name on the back and claimed to have helped “design” the thing (which certainly seems to be the case, just look at its default wallpaper). What Google really did yesterday, causing the usual suspects to swoon (as they have with
LG Voyager, HTC Touch, BlackBerry Bold, Samsung Omnia, BlackBerry Storm, Palm Pre, and Motorola Droid), was open an online store to sell phones. Just like the ones Apple and AT&T have had open for business for years.