The news is abuzz with the revelation that Google has made a deal to purchase the mobile devices division of Motorola for a reported 12.5 billion dollars. Motorola competitors HTC and others almost certainly suspect, in spite of Google’s protestations to the contrary, that Google is making preparations for war with Apple, the maker of the iPhone, and may intend to eventually spin off a proprietary version of Android, with the open-source version becoming a feature-deprived stepchild.
I believe that these are completely mistaken assumptions. Google is the undisputed leader in both search and online advertising. Their Android platform is… Continue reading
Tablet PC’s are all the rage nowadays. You might think that the Apple iPad started this trent, but not so. Some companies to produce of the predecessors to the iPad include (although some never made it beyond trials):
The Tablet PC has almost attained market acceptance several times since the 1980′s, however many problems, including battery life and cost, have thwarted widespread adoption at every turn.
The device that actually turned this dynamic around is not, strictly speaking, a Tablet PC at all. Amazon’s Kindle device, credited as the first comercially successful e-reader by… Continue reading