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  • HTML5 Changes (But Does Not Level) Mobile Apps Playing Field  [View article]

    You are comparing like for like. The author was comparing html vs native code.
    Aug 14, 2013. 03:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • HTML5 Changes (But Does Not Level) Mobile Apps Playing Field  [View article]
    Most importantly the experience of an html(x) application is vastly inferior to a native one.
    Aug 14, 2013. 03:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Bullish Case For Nokia  [View article]
    It costs a lot of time and money to upgrade an OS. Why would a company do so if there is no value in it? Just so the OS vendor can make more money?
    Aug 14, 2013. 03:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Is Breaking Out  [View article]
    Apple is not a cheap brand. Cheap does not make money. There are two companies in mobile making money and their names are Samsung and Apple. Everyone else loses money.

    Apple is an aspirational brand. Now they may very well come out with a more affordable phone but it will not be cheap. And they do not want the customers that buy cheap.
    Aug 14, 2013. 03:37 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's Problem Is Not Microsoft's Problem  [View article]

    I saw a commercial for win8 that showed what you allude to. It was interesting but just not practical. I saw a laptop being held in one hand and then the screen popped off.

    Now if I held a laptop ( clamshell ) in one hand I assume sooner or later it falls and becomes a paperweight. Also once you take the screen away what do you do with the keyboard?

    My point is no matter how you slice it the mobility and convenience of a tablet is very compelling. Now currently it is not as functionally rich as a pc but it will be. Just as in the early days of dos a pc was not as functionally rich as a mainframe/mini/unix workstation..

    And by the way when the pc killed the mainframe/mini/unix vendors made millions selling them but their time passed a long time ago even if they did not know they were dead computers walking..
    Aug 14, 2013. 03:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's Problem Is Not Microsoft's Problem  [View article]

    I would argue Unix came before Windows and is just as powerful and is the father of Linus, but I digress.
    Aug 14, 2013. 03:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's European Prospects: A Country-By-Country Review  [View article]

    No i do not have any teenage boys. And no I do not play Candy Crush.

    But the games on mobile are getting better. Not as immersive as a console to be sure. The graphics look really good and the gameplay is a bit simplistic.

    However, there is a racing game real racing 3. A great game and it is on iOS and perhaps Android too. Great game. Lots of fun, good sound and social to an extent.

    As I have written before, consoles are supported by the casual gamer not the avid gamer. It becomes a significantly smaller market when just the avid gamer is involved. Will that population support the big game companies that spend tons of money and years to develop a game that might not have a return? Somehow I don't think so. I see a number of big companies exploring mobile as they should.

    The numbers do not work for consoles.
    1) High price to buy a console
    2) High price to buy a game
    3) Not mobile.

    On mobile it works
    1) High res screens
    2) You already have a phone or tablet
    3) Games are free or cheap
    4) Games are not that complex. You can play them for 10-30 minutes at a time.

    And by the way simple games can be compelling. Look at Angry birds. It is simple shoot a bird at stuff. Watch it tumble. Very simple concept. It can be addicting, at least for 10 minutes. And everyone can grasp the concept and play. Oh and it is free. When you get bored you can delete it and pick up something else and you won't think of the $60 you dropped on it and what Game Stop is willing to give you for a used game that no one really wants.
    Aug 14, 2013. 03:25 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Is Breaking Out  [View article]
    So what happens to the stock when Icahn does not get his payout?
    Aug 14, 2013. 03:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • HTML5 Changes (But Does Not Level) Mobile Apps Playing Field  [View article]
    I do not know what html5 is. Certainly not what you are describing.

    In general html is a server/client architecture. The UI elements are on your browser ( phone/pc ), when you call a service that typically runs on the server ( the website you are on ). Unless of course it is a javascript or some such.

    I am confused as to why html5 app talks directly to the hardware as this means you have no standard. Which would make html5 as a general purpose standard useless. I believe you must be confused as to the actual implementation of html5. Besides if it does talk to the hardware directly you are better off with native tools ( ios/Android/etc ) as you are doing that anyway and the optimizations are better.

    In summary, html as a standard ( such as it is ) is a meta layer to allow a write once run anywhere model where the hardware interface is buried in the browser so you as an html developer should not have to code around it. This is the dream which never materialized as browser vendors always added specials to differentiate themselves from the competition. So by claiming that html5 app talks directly to the hardware rather than to the browser you are doing an end run around the very architecture you are supposed to leverage.
    Aug 12, 2013. 02:15 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Reality Bites, So Time To Sell  [View article]
    "The profit margin data (Apple = 33%, Samsung = 19%, Windows and BlackBerry = negative) seem to offer a positive offset, as described by the WSJ:"

    Where is the other 50%? If Apple makes only 33% profits in phones and Samsung 19%, who is making the other 50% if everyone else loses money or barely breaks even?

    The smartphone market seems to be following the pc market where cheap is in. What does this say for the prospects of Samsung or anyone else ( Nokia, Microsoft ) trying to make money here? I leave out Apple because with a measly 5% share they make 45% of the profits..

    Your point is taken. Cheap is in and so Apple's revenues and profits have stalled. They need to do something to grow and stabilize revenues and profits. But they live on the high end and so will never be majority share of units and never were.
    Aug 9, 2013. 05:18 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's Problem Is Not Microsoft's Problem  [View article]


    As I say above about data and services..
    Aug 9, 2013. 04:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's Problem Is Not Microsoft's Problem  [View article]
    I think you have it wrong.

    Why does the consumer want Windows?

    They do not. They have shown no desire for it.

    What they want is their information and services. They do not care about the OS. They care that their information and services are readily available no matter how you deliver it.

    This is my problem with the strategy. Microsoft is convinced that their OS is important because historically it has been. The problem is outside of some programmers and others living in the Microsoft world NO ONE CARES.

    People care about their data. Microsoft cares about the OS because that is how they tie you to their services and products. The fact that historically the only way to get services and data was to use the same OS does not mean people love your OS.

    Apple has it right. You optimize for the hardware. This means you try and make the interface for the device as good as possible without constraining it by tying it to an artificial construct. In the mobile world a mouse and keyboard are useless. Sure there may be times where you want to sit down and use it. But most of the time you do not.

    There are many ways to skin a cat. The technique to skin a cat using a paring knife or a machete are different because of the properties of the tool.
    Aug 9, 2013. 04:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's Problem Is Not Microsoft's Problem  [View article]
    Also as you get smaller and smaller the hardware changes. Can you place a desktop OS into a stamp?
    Aug 9, 2013. 04:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's Problem Is Not Microsoft's Problem  [View article]
    I saw some chart or something recently that said at this point in the lifecycle more people were running Win 7 than are running Win 8.

    Of course they were running from the awful vista..
    Aug 9, 2013. 04:34 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's Problem Is Not Microsoft's Problem  [View article]
    You have a point about momentum and getting enough quality apps.

    But it is a catch 22. You need the apps to sell phones. You need the phones to sell apps.

    Yes. Microsoft is a software company. But they are also one whose model is to charge for software. Apple does not charge for most of their software ( with the exception of some productivity apps ). Also you have 2 entrenched systems in Android and iOS. Developers have to make a decision to support another system with 5% marketshare. A desktop app is not a mobile app.
    Aug 9, 2013. 04:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment