About Jon Cilley

Writer and owner of The Connected Monster, a site devoted to mobile, social and tech. Jon is also a contributor at SocialFresh.com.

What’s Worse: Android’s Fragmentation or iOS’s Planned Obsolescence?

At the macro level Android’s fragmentation is a problem. It sees an operating system that has less than 2 percent of devices running the latest version (Android 4.1 Jelly Bean), and over 72 percent of devices running a version of Android at or over two-years old. To offer even further perspective, iOS 6 is already on over 60 percent of iPhones in the U.S., after being available for only two weeks; with Ice Cream Sandwich or higher (Android 4.0, 4.1) only available on a quarter of smartphones after nearly year (three months for Jelly Bean 4.1). Continue reading

5 Threats the Cloud Poses to Apple’s Future

Apple makes money through a variety of services and products. Unlike most competitors, all of these offerings are available through one entity: Apple Inc. It allows the company to make oodles of money through a variety of platforms, but what happens when most of the framework in these spaces change? What happens when the cloud and its pieces become the norm? iCloud causes its own problems while fixing others, so below are five things that are moving into the cloud that could threaten the tech giant. Continue reading

How Android’s Fragmentation Actually Helps Google

Most of the people who complain about Android’s fragmentation, probably bought the wrong Android device. Because to be honest, Android’s fragmentation really doesn’t hurt Google, it actually helps. When looking at the early years of Android, where stock versions of the OS were just down right ugly, modulated versions like HTC Sense, Motoblur, and TouchWiz actually saved Android. It allowed people to not only select from different hardware, but also choose unique versions of the OS under the same platform. All that mattered to Google was that they funneled into Google Play (formerly called Android Market). Because Android is basically free, getting more people into Google Play is how Google makes money. Continue reading

Has Apple’s Well of Innovation Finally Run Dry?

Innovation is almost impossible to sustain. Set the bar high enough and expectations are bound to go unfulfilled. Since Steve Jobs’ rampage of innovation spanning across a decade, Apple seems to have found the ceiling of its capability – at least in mobile. Yesterday’s iPhone 5 announcement offered no surprises, no special features, and for the most part, represented a phone putting for par on Android’s favorite course. Continue reading

Can Amazon Sell Its Kindle Fire HD at a Loss and Still Win?

Before the Kindle Fire, the tablet world offered really only one device: the iPad. Its dominance was overwhelming and many wondered how others could gain a foothold in the space. The Kindle Fire became the first device to prove that real success in the tablet space was possible – outside of the iPad. But not everything about the Kindle Fire was as magical as it seemed. In order for Amazon to sell their tablet at its impossibly-low price of $199, it had to sell at a loss. Continue reading

Mutually Assured Destruction: Ending the Apple Samsung War

It’s what ended the Cold War, and it’s what will end the Apple, Samsung, and Google patent disputes: mutually assured destruction. In the old days of “duck and cover,” the U.S. and the Soviet Union were caught in a nuclear arms race of the worst kind. As the U.S. built a better rocket to deliver more destructive payloads, the Soviets would follow with a better rocket, and so on. Continue reading

Apple vs. Samsung: Why Inspiration Is Now Stealing

On Friday, Apple won a major lawsuit against Samsung for infringing on a variety of patents. Total damages estimates to over $1 billion, but did Samsung really steal? Or were they merely inspired by Apple?

We live in an awesome time, one that has the fortune of seeing rapid expansion in technology across all spaces. With so much brainpower offering the seemingly impossible for – at times – free, we also see such innovative battles play out in the wrong ways. Continue reading

DroidBook: Should Google Replace Chrome OS with Android?

One of the many problems with being ahead of your time is that you usually create markets that aren’t ready for you. This has been the main obstacle for the Chromebook and many other products that have come before it. Google may believe Chrome OS is ready, but perhaps the Internet just isn’t ready for Chrome OS? Continue reading

3 Reasons Why Google Should Overhaul Its Messenger Service

Recently I was in a Verizon Wireless Store asking about Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) expectations on the Galaxy Nexus (yes I’m that guy), where I encountered a man dead set on an iPhone. While he held his original Motorola Droid in his hand, his contract was up, and he was fed up with Android. He didn’t have a huge list of reasons why, except for one. All he demanded was the ability to send a group text message, and have any additional messages funnel back into the original group bundle he sent it out in. Continue reading