Apple-Samsung Duopoly: Great for Consumers, Lousy for Business

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Sparky the Wonder Cat
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Sparky the Wonder Cat   3/29/2013 1:14:28 PM
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re: Any bets on whether Apple will, over the next 5-10 years, grow by big acquisitions 

If Jobs' essence carries-on I see no big acquisitions. As you stated Apple has no history of large acquisitions, preferring instead to achieve domination through innovation. I do see interesting alliances, however (caution - humor alert): Victorinox-edition iWatches. Great global branding and more applications than a Swiss Army Knife. More far-out? OK, Apple enters the communications market by acquisitioning Iridium then introducing the worlds first satellite-direct line of tablets and smart phones. No more cable, WiFi, 4G. AT&T and Verizon, are you listening? I'm ready to sign-up for iPad 7 with iSky service.

Oh-yeah, one last thing: It has always been Jobs who told us what we wanted. If Apple proves it lost it's vision when we lost Steve Jobs, they may indeed consider buying other people's ideas. Apple certainly has the cash to buy whatever/whoever they want. 

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Brian Fuller   3/29/2013 10:58:36 AM
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@Sparky, that's a good point. It got me thinking about your corporate examples. Those companies were disrupted by technologies that were emerging right before their eyes. There's something about the human DNA in most companies that makes it difficult to chart a new, radical course when necessary (hence startups). 

Savvier companies will grow by acquisition where they can't grow organically. 

Any bets on whether Apple will, over the next 5-10 years, grow by big acquisitions (which it's not done much of in its history)? 

 

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Sparky the Wonder Cat   3/29/2013 10:01:35 AM
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I miss the point about this all being lousy for business, so I'll re-read the article. In the interim it seems to me business is excellent both from the hardware, software and service providers' points of trade.

Lousy for Business, or, You Snooze/You Lose - Nokia is going the way of other complacent corporations (e.g., Digital Equipment Corp., Wang, Kodak). Maybe Blackberry will join that list of has-beens before long. I think business will always be lousy for companys who lose their vision or chose to serve their stockholders better than their markets.

 


 

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mfbertozzi   3/28/2013 3:53:08 AM
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Well, it is right; at the end the driver is the trade-off involving budget available and enduser's needs. For those reasons, I suppose most people, as you have mentioned, don't need in principle top performer device; basic features cover several services then in the future other vendors bringing devices cheaper, could break the field dominated by Apple-Samsung (as of today...).

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Brian Fuller   3/27/2013 1:21:38 PM
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@Nemos... "if only" as people might say. I think stability is a thing of the distant past. I don't see any change to the increasing "eat or be eaten" ethos in the electronics business, do you?

 

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Himanshugupta   3/27/2013 1:20:24 PM
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@mfbertozzi, i agree with you that the premium of the smartphone is very high and for basic purpose we probably do not need such high end hardware and software. Today's smartphone hardware need seems to be due to high end gaming and image processing software requirements. 

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Himanshugupta   3/27/2013 1:04:46 PM
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Unlike electronics, automobile industry has so many players and everyone seems to have identified its forte and market. I hope the same happens to electronics but i guess the main problem with electronic industry is the fast changing environment. In automobile industry one can drive the same car for a decade without really worrying about the new models but the same is not true with electronics.

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Eldredge   3/27/2013 8:51:44 AM
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Usually there is a more competitive situation when more than two players have a real presence in the marketplace. It will be interesting to see what happens in the smartphone arena in the future.

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HM   3/27/2013 6:37:28 AM
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I think its very healthy. When you have a good competition, consumers can ensure that they wlll always be the winner. Apple and Samsung both are very competitive. Samsung has an edge in Asian market. Apple is very classy.

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mfbertozzi   3/27/2013 3:44:21 AM
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It is good in principle, but I don't think the story will last again; products' price from those vendors are really high and other competitors are coming and they are bringing on the field good solutions.

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