Outlook 2012: Mobility & Platform War Begins

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Barbara Jorgensen
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Barbara Jorgensen   12/1/2011 4:49:53 PM
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These all look pretty consistent with what we have been seeing from the IT world in the past year or so. The last one--the vertical platforms--is the one I least understand, though. Does this indicate the so-called horizontal markets are saturated, and everything is becoming specialized?

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_hm   12/1/2011 6:31:51 PM
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Major contributor will be innovation in pipeline. It may be Apple, Google, ARM or other upcoming organization. It is too early to predict specific technology.

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Dave Sasson   12/1/2011 7:20:49 PM
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When you combine mobile devices with embedded smart devices, the numbers become astronomical.  Emerging fields, such as Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology is expected explode in the coming years. In fact, in a recent research report by Analysis Mason, the global market for M2M device connections will grow to 2.1 billion in 2020.

These types of applications can be complex and will require a tailor-made solution approach in specialized vertical markets.


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Bolaji Ojo   12/1/2011 9:57:53 PM
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Are tablets really that vastly different than PCs to the point that they have become a class in themselves? Aren't tablets, in reality, simply scaled down PCs or must a device have a keyboard to be called a device? After pondering these questions, I could only come to the conclusion that tablets are in reality highly portable computers.

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Jacob   12/1/2011 10:11:58 PM
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Ann, yesterday Samsung wins a patent war against apple in Australia and the ban for galaxy tab has been removed. I think this is the first time Samsung winning against Apple. More over I had read that they had filed a case against Apple 4S in Australian court. So I think the mobility patent war is going to be heaten 2010

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Anna young   12/2/2011 6:51:00 AM
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@Barbara, I was surprised to see that you're the first to comment on this article. Thank you for your comment.

Yes you're correct. The approach now focuses on delivering industry specific application to a target audience.

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Jay_Bond   12/2/2011 7:06:43 AM
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@Bolaji,

I was asking myself the same question. It would appear that the general population is considering tablets to be completely separate from PCs. Yes they both have some differences, some good and some bad, but they are both PCs, the tablets just being more portable.

 

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Anna young   12/2/2011 7:19:24 AM
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@Jacob, I read that too. That is good news for Samsung. I don't think that's going to be the end of the patent war. IDC, in its report, predicted that the next high tech products war will be in the communications area. The outlook is that the large tech companies have got battles on their hands. We are going to see more upstarts company competing with the long established ones. So I foresee more courtroom drama in the coming year. What's your thoughts?

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Anna young   12/2/2011 8:02:32 AM
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@Dave, you are absolutely correct. This is why the likes of AT&T,Verizon, Sprint and T-mobile have tapped into this segment. There is vast market potential in M2M embedded cellular - based consumer electronics such as e.readers,digital photo frames,netbooks, home security monitoring and navugation device.

What's more it is forecasted that m2m cellular connections will triple by 2014 to 75million.

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Dave Sasson   12/2/2011 8:16:01 AM
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@Anna, many if not all of the major carriers are now looking seriously into M2M and embedded device connectivity.  People can switch carriers pretty easily today and just transfer their numbers and get a new mobile phone, but with embedded devices the amount of devices is more numerous and they are part of a much needed solution making it harder for the customers to jump ship from the carriers and the potential for ongoing business will be typically a lot more than the usual cell phone contracts too.            

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