Could it be that by 2013 Apple and Google will dominate the USA mobile smartphone market? That’s what Charles Curran of The Daily Caller is suggesting. In an article this week he stated that he believes that Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android combined will have 90 percent of the smartphone market, and he cites research from comScore that shows that as of February of this year the two companies had just 34 percent combined market share.
So what could force out Nokia, Microsoft, Palm and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry in this space? Two things according to Curran; the first being price and the second applications. This isn’t exactly groundbreaking insight, and it is clear that the iPhone and the various Android-powered devices such as the Motorola Droid are all about the apps. But the question is whether that will be enough to completely dominate over the other four players.
Nokia has been the most established smartphone makers and it has fallen on hard times, but not as hard as Palm, which is practically on death’s door. But Microsoft won’t go without a fight and it is hard to imagine any future where the BlackBerry isn’t in the equation. While not as vocal as the iPhone crowd, BlackBerry users remain fiercely loyal to their handsets. There is no question that Apple and Google will be major players, but BlackBerry isn’t going down anytime soon.
What is also interesting about this scenario is that it really is a tale of two operating systems. One is akin to a walled city where everything has to be through very selective programs and structures, and the other is a much more open source type of model. There couldn’t be too much vastly different business methods between these two companies. No wonder they’re on the outs right now.
After Hour App of the Week:
Dream Home – Want to transform your house into your dream home? Now you can get a look at to the house you’ve always wanted with the Dream Home iPhone app from Apalon. Available now from the Apple App Store, this one features easy-to-use gallery navigation with a folder hierarchy including Recent, Popular and Favorites, as well as a slideshow to allow you to scroll through a selection of photos in each section. There is also offline viewing and the ability to filer images according to room type, style and color.
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