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

Apple’s Dilemma: The 7-Inch iPad

For a device owning the tablet space, Apple seems more reactive than proactive lately. As rumors continue to circulate about a 7-inch iPad, what is Apple thinking? By offering the Nexus 7 at $200, Google has conceded the high-end tablet market for now. Where unlike the iPhone, Apple’s iPad could exist virtually uncontested in its price range. It’s just up to Apple to convince the buyer to shell out an extra $300 – something they have done successfully for years. Continue reading

POLL: Which Excites You More? The Nexus 4 or iPhone 5?

As we brace for the coming smartphone bonanza this fall, which device will you want more? Google’s next Nexus smartphone (Nexus 4) or the iPhone 5? Both will arrive sometime this fall, offering customers with a choice that is becoming increasingly between not just two OS’s, but two types of devices. Continue reading