“Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have brought mobile giants Nokia Corp. and Research In Motion Ltd. to their knees and captured more than 80% of the world’s smartphone market. Now they are going after the rest,” Jessica E. Vascellaro and Amir Efrati report for The Wall Street Journal.
“Apple is marching into new markets—most recently U.S. prepaid mobile phones—to continue the growth of its iPhone and iPad devices and iOS software,” Vascellaro and Efrati report. “Google is partly adopting Apple’s integrated model by manufacturing some devices on its own and it plans to sell several devices directly with big marketing campaigns.”
“Google, which gives away its Android software to device makers, doesn’t make much money from the devices, even though it comes preloaded with Google’s search engine and other services, analysts say. Its free software also has spawned devices with hundreds of different screen sizes and versions. Many Android devices are powered by older versions of the software, making it a challenge for apps to work well across them,” Vascellaro and Efrati report. “Google is moving to address such issues: Its $12.5 billion acquisition of handset maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. takes it directly into hardware. Google also opened an online store to sell future Android devices, and is expected to spend heavily to promote the gadgets.”
Vascellaro and Efrati report, “In coming weeks, Google is expected to unveil a lower-priced Android tablet that it developed with Asustek Computer Inc. to dent the market share of Apple’s iPad, people familiar with the matter have said.”
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