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March 29 2013
by Todd Hixon

The End Of Microsoft … As We Know It

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon Update: this post attracted some sharp comments from loyal users/supporters of Windows and Microsoft. However, the issue I raised is getting broader attention. See the post below: Why Windows 8 Is Microsoft’s Biggest Risk Ever Steve Ballmer’s announcement of the Windows Surface tablet seemed to channel Steve Jobs: dressed in a dark […]

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March 30 2012
by Todd Hixon

Windows Phone Beats iPhone by 2015? Not Likely!

Windows Phone jumping to No. 2 in smartphone market by 2015? | ZDNet. As a blogger, I appreciate the need to say something that gets attention. But this prediction is a big stretch. It overlooks the huge importance of apps, media content, and consumer cloud services in the smart phones market: areas where Nokia and […]

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February 16 2012
by Todd Hixon

Going Viral On The Mobile Web

John Doerr usually gets credit for describing the potential of the Internet to create a “new economy” (however, a Google search credits Clement Mok). Whoever said it, the point was: the bricks-and-mortar economy was about to be recreated in the virtual space of the Internet, and in many ways it has been. Today there’s a […]

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January 31 2012
by Todd Hixon

My Three Biggest Tablet Computer Surprises Of 2011

Las Vegas recently hosted the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (“CES”). At CES 2011, “The Year Of The Tablet” was proclaimed, but that struck me as the hyperbole of bloggers hungry for a tag line. Nine months in to the tablet era, Apple was off to a great start, and lots of other vendors had announced […]

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January 31 2012
by Todd Hixon

Android: The Consequences Of Open

  The Other Side Of Open | TechCrunch The link above leads to a post by TechCrunch’s MG Siegler about the perils of the open Android OS to Google: major competitors will hijack Android by building their own version, and then lock Google’s services out. MG observes that Amazon is starting to do this: the Kindle […]

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January 27 2012
by Scott Johnson

2012: Smartphones are now a social necessity

My last post, outlined five things to be excited about as we enter 2012.  Number one on this list was smartphone ubiquity. I am not sure on what day last year this occurred, but the smart phone went from luxury to social necessity.  Has the smart phone eclipsed the television in our hierarchy of needs? […]

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August 8 2011
by Todd Hixon

Tablets Turn 18

We’re now 18 months post the iPad announcement.  Like an 18 year-old, the tablet has matured a lot, but still has a way to go.  Here are some key things I have learned. Tablets are a new, major segment of the mobile device market, 40-50 million units this year, a big fraction of the ~250m […]

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March 29 2011
by Todd Hixon

Android Will Hold Its Own

The Verizon iPhone and recent strong success of Apple’s iOS on multiple fronts raises the question: can Android really compete with iOS?  (E.g., WSJ: “Verizon iPhone: A Threat to Android?”)  Although sales and installed base of Android devices have passed the iPhone, some argue that happened because carriers representing 70% of the U.S. market had […]

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February 18 2011
by Todd Hixon

Positioning for On-Line Subscription Dollars

Apple’s announcement of its App Store Subscriptions revenue policy this week (link) has got a lot of people buzzing, tweeting, and thinking – usually not all at once ;-) – about the subscription part of the app economy. E.g., see my partner Scott’s thoughtful post about what it means for Android (link).   The policy lays out Apple’s claim […]

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February 9 2011
by John Backus

Verizon’s Sneaky iPhone Data Throttling Strategy: Can You Hear me Now?

I think the Verizon iPhone is going to be big, for Verizon as well as for Apple. While it is not going to derail the proliferation of Android phones, I do think it will slow down the Android penetration, for a while, at least in the United States. But is Verizon trying to pull a […]

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