“‘From an industry perspective we had a high expectation, but from a consumer point of view the visibility is less than we expected,’ James Choi, marketing strategy and planning team director of LG Electronics global told Pocket-lint in a one-to-one interview,” Miles reports. “‘What we feel is that some people believe that some operating systems, mainly Google, are extremely complicated for them…,’ explains Choi when we asked how it was all going.”
“‘From a vendor perspective having that balance is critical, being dependent on one OS is not beneficial for us. That’s the same with not just the manufacturers, but the operators as well,’ Choi tells Pocket-lint when we asked whether that meant that we would see a shift to more successful platforms like Android,” Miles reports. “‘There is a need and demand from the operators saying there is too much ‘Android’ in the portfolio. In that sense LG always tries to balance our portfolio, and that’s not just in sense of hardware but OSes as well.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: At least some vendors are waking up. These vendors will drive Windows Phone ’07 downmarket which should allow Microsoft to gain a toehold (one that’ll eventually move upmarket) thereby hurting Android (barring any really stupid mistakes from Microsoft which, of course, is far from impossible to imagine).
The OS-less device makers who aren’t fools will not shackle their fortunes totally to one vendor – especially a vendor like Google, who could, at the drop of a hat, get distracted by whatever shiny Apple object happens to tickle their fancy, losing interest in the production and maintenance of fake iOSes. Rulings in various patent infringement actions may also cause Google to lose interest.
OS-less device makers’ need to diversify their risk is yet another reason why Android is close to or has already seen its best days; Android’s future is all about decline. Also expect consolidation among handset makers as there isn’t enough room – or a real need – for so many OSes. There will be iOS seated at a table for one and underneath a pack of dogs fighting over Apple’s table scraps.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “brawndo Drinker,” “GetMeOnTop,” “Travis L.,” and “Angel C.” for the heads up.]