Sometimes the crazy folks win. Sometimes they lose. R.I.P. RIM. The BlackBerry is dead. Long live the BlackBerry.
Once the high flying home of the crack berry, RIM has fallen on hard times. In early 2007, Apple introduced the iPhone, and the smart phone world hasn’t been the same since.
Corporations are dropping their dependence on BlackBerry faster than advertisers dropped Rush Limbaugh. The company may limp along for a few years, but money is running out, customers are running out the door, and past is prologue.
It’s already been five years since Apple brought the iPhone to the world and BlackBerry still looks like it’s 1999.
Nokia was stunned by the iPhone’s emergence as the smart phone trend setter but they have a sugar daddy in Microsoft. Most Nokia phones of the future will have Windows inside. By all accounts, Windows Phone is very good. But it’s not so good as to knock off the Android-cum-iPhone hegemony any time soon.
Let the consolidation begin. Google needs a hardware maker and Motorola is struggling. That’s a match made in heaven. What of Microsoft? Is there anyone else having problems? Nokia has fallen on hard times and Microsoft has plenty of money.
Android? I called it a few years ago. Android would be the top selling mobile device OS. The problem is a thing called fragmentation. To get the latest Android OS you have to buy a new smart phone.
All those smart phone manufacturers and cell phone carriers have one thing in common. They want customers to dispose of the old and buy the new. Forget about upgrading. Buy another one. Buy two. Buy one, get one free.
Fragmentation won’t kill Android’s efforts to dominant the smart phone landscape, or even tablets, but it’s anything but a safe buy for a savvy user.
That brings us to Apple’s iOS and the iDevices platform; iPhone, iPod touch, iPad. Who’s your daddy, Microsoft? Who’s your daddy, RIM? Who’s your daddy, Google?
Apple? Spanking. The. Competition. All of it. Watch with wonderment in 2012 as Apple turns up the heat with an expanded iPad line, an expanded iPhone line, and the $99 Apple TV in clear plastic blister packs at the Walmart check out lane.
What about the Apple television?
I don’t think it will happen. What can Apple bring to a television that isn’t already there? A higher quality screen? Nope. A camera? Big whoop. Voice control? Ho hum.
Now, if Apple could bring me what every television viewer in the country wants, we’d pay the piper. What do we want? All content, all channels, any show or movie, a click away.