While there is fire on the horizon and the only motion that Research In Motion seems to be heading is down, Microsoft should acquire the once storied producers of the Blackberry mobile phone. This won’t be a long drawn out vent as thoughts on subjects like this tend to be. I will get right to the question of,”Why should Ballmer and Co. snatch the Ontario, Canada based company from the flames?”
A light has gone out in the world. Steve Jobs the man who help transform the world into the technological wonder that it is today has died. I felt a flush over my body when I received the news. To say I feel sadness would be remiss, because sadness is not a word capable of describing my feelings regarding this moment in our lives. This is a demarcation line in modern history.
This generation has been fortunate enough to receive the benefits of Steve’s imagination, ingenuity and passion first hand. With the foundation Steve laid future generations will undoubtedly reap rewarding harvests thanks to his ability to harness together the ideas of brilliant people and bring them to the world.
No doubt his family, friends, loved ones and competitors will miss him. A husband, a father, a friend and a fierce competitor who battled adversity, confronted competition and challenged the status quo. Steve changed an industry he also participated in building, redefined business and how we think about it and helped to set ablaze millions of minds across the globe, with ideas of what is possible when you still believe in your dreams and you have the tenacity to go after them.
Let us not simply mourn this day of losing the man we called Steve Jobs, but let us rejoice in the life of Steven and his enormous contributions to all of us. Friend, foe, every race, every creed and all in-between, some of us directly and others indirectly have benefited from his presence in the current era. Coming generations are fortunate to have his legacy to peruse and his shoulders to stand on as an able and firm foundation to help them reach their goals and to face coming endeavors yet untold.
Steve, thanks for your time here.
Between fighting with my browser to keep from crashing thanks to that dreadful Adobe Flash, and skimming Michael Arrington’s latest lamentation, I began to ponder my next tirade here on BigBerries, and then it dawned on me. Earlier this week while foraging about the internet and in particular while searching with Yahoo (forgive me) and subsequently with Bing (which is essentially the same thing). I noticed something quirky with the results bubbling upon the top my queries. The Christian Science Monitor (CSM) was peaking out in top-dog position for of all things, the Sony S1 tablet.
For CSM to seize position above Engadget, Gizmodo, cNet.com and the numerous dedicated gadget and technology websites and even above Sony is questionable to say the least. In addition, and only to make matters worse, also present in the disastrous heap of the search engine results was something labeled HuffPost Tech. I was so confounded by the results I laughed and jeered simultaneously.
I just finished reading Matt Burns’ article ruminating over the low sales numbers of the Motorola Xoom. Matt, in kindness attempts to shift the blame in equal portions away from the place where it truly belongs and that is squarely at the “feet” of Motorola and Motorola alone. Even in his introductory shuffle, where he looks to lift the Xoom even momentarily, Matt acknowledges even if not knowingly, that the Xoom is a failure of Motorola’s own creation, by pointing out the nullifying price point of the device and that the Xoom is not on par and most certainly not better than an iPad.
This writing is just my partial response and reaction to Matt’s thoughts and going line for line (almost). Well, at least I touch on the major points, reading the CrunchGear article may help, but is not required.
It is not the fault of Google that Motorola pulled the trigger on the Xoom launch. If, as Matt points out, that it is indeed true that Samsung, Motorola and the entire host of Android manufacturers need to release devices according to the Google Android release cycle, then clearly Motorola took the calculated risk to be first, negotiated the opportunity and subsequently mishandled the occasion.
That is not the fault of anyone at Google.
That is just a bad business decision and truthfully, it was not a “bad” decision it just had bad execution.
And just like that, the most gifted, most wish listed and most talked about by Amazon, but only in a positive way item, the Kindle, is finished. Just in case you begin to think, “here we go again” let me first inform you that this is not another Amazon will be the best competitor against Apple article. Nevertheless, you can withdraw an Amazon, Apple dialog from the text. Now back to topic, which is the necessary death of Amazon’s beloved Kindle, which is definitely finished.
“How so?” one asks.
Let me first mark this by saying I pondered over the “Why Amazon Must…” article written by the ever popular Apple evangelist, MG Siegler at TechCrunch, and I do agree with MG that Amazon must and should create an Android device, but for different reasons.
So what is your reasoning behind this?
Besides the fact that these are no-brainer decisions, Amazon needs to cover their ass on the investment they have made so far on the Kindle and I don’t think any of us can make it through six months of speculative posts scattered across the Web about what essentially still to most is vaporware. But in case you require more than my unparalleled Vulcan-like reasoning dispensed as a Spider-Man Pez candy in one highly concentrated sentence, here are two thoughts that I have compiled on the matter, broken down for you to digest as if they were Gerber’s baby food.
1. Amazon has a significant investment and presence in cloud computing. An Android device, be it a smartphone or a tablet could be just the component that Amazon requires to catapult their cloud computing services to the forefront and ahead of services such as Mobile.me. (In fact, while preparing this, Amazon released a cloud based music solution for Android. So much for being too busy to press the publish button earlier this week.)
2. Today’s phones and now our tablets serve equally as doorways to consumption and items for utility, if not more. Amazon is the undisputed king of internet retail when it comes to physical goods (consumption). It should not take much to transition consumers to include and ultimately prefer making their digital purchases with Amazon as they do their physical.
Additionally I would like to highlight a point that I agree with, previously presented by Dan Frommer, in “How Amazon Could Quietly Become a Huge Tablet Player”. Dan makes several hearty vaunts on the topic but the one where he states that Amazon’s music store and video services are essentially second to only Apple is one of the strongest if not the strongest point made.
The distance from or closeness to iTunes does not matter. What does matter is that Amazon, aside from Google should be the number one destination for all things Android. To miss the opportunity to connect that to a device that could serve as a gateway to other products and services would be like failing to connect a Velcro chinstrap on your helmet before bungee jumping.
Since HTC started rolling Android phones like joints at a medical marijuana dispensary, stock prices for the foreign phone manufacturer have done Apple-esque numbers. You think one hundred percent? Nope. Maybe about two hundred? Think again. Triple it up from last year and then you’re on point.
Before I begin let me point out a few things gone awry.
More specifically let me point out three screwy occurrences, and from there I may wander off in tangents.
Motorola – The good people at Motorola are clearly living in a fantasy world by pricing the cool looking but unproven, Motorola Xoom tablet out of damn the stratosphere. Somebody over there is obviously drunk with nostalgia of Motorola RAZR sales long forgotten and past brand perception.
HP - The gargantuan printer company that happens to sell all the bloatware loaded laptops and PC’s that are either waiting to be fixed (by a friend of a friend) or are for sale on Craigslist and eBay, unfortunately decides to completely scrap the Palm brand.
Sony Ericsson – Thirdly, Sony Ericsson unveils the Playstation Phone. Wonderful. Except for the fact that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play phone is not the Playstation phone it is a Playstation phone. More specifically, it is a Playstation Branded device. If that isn’t a crock of shit, I don’t know what is.
With a newly available communication spectrum to expand upon, an intercontinental collection of network cabling secured and under Google control to go along with the current batch of data centers, both known and unknown, in the near future Google through the mobile sector will unveil the means to end the use of phone numbers. We still will have phones technically, but the phone number will be dead.
Nokia and Microsoft have announced a strategic partnership. So far, the announcement apparently solicited a Nokia employee walk out and contributed to slashing the price of Nokia stock 15 percent in one day. Numerous articles spawned on the subject, ranging from this being a small step towards Microsoft eventually taking over Nokia, to opinions of a Google Vice President referring to the two companies as being ducks and not eagles and then of course Nokia responding.
While I can speculate the negative regarding the yet finalized deal, I instead hope for the best of outcomes regarding this relationship. Should Microkia (Microsoft + Nokia) create the hardware and software that they are truly capable of, we can only benefit. The entire mobile phone industry will shift and options of better performing mobile phones, tablets, PCs and other products will be available for us to use and enjoy.
Motorola, Rim, HP, Sony Ericsson, HTC and others will have to make changes to their approach when it comes to devices and the software that runs on them. In fact, if this more formalized agreement between Microsoft and Nokia bodes well, you can expect other similar agreements to take place. The Microsoft Nokia partnership may signal a shift of the mobile phone industry and not just be one-off arrangement.
However, before looking too far ahead, here are three reasons that suggest the partnership between Nokia and Microsoft will be good for each company and ultimately beneficial for us as consumers who thanks to their efforts will have better choices when it comes to mobile phones and tablet computers.
I ask you this because Google is expanding into the mobile web and Apple, with the help of the iPhone is taking market share from other handset makers.Together they pose a serious threat to the Microsoft way.