If you think about what’s happened the last 4-5 years in smartphones, it’s truly remarkable. Apple has created an entirely new, multibillion-dollar franchise. Nokia and RIM’s dominance have been severly damaged. And entirely new app and OS systems have been developed.
What’s it all mean? As we surmised back in January, it probably means more pain for the legacy market leaders — people such as Nokia, Ericsson, and RIM. Clearly their market-share is eroding, but more importantly they are losing their grips on OS and apps markets. Apps willd drive this market forward, and Apple and Google’s Android are leading here.
With that, on to the news, which in the tech world today is dominated by smartphones:
- With Verizon rumored to be close to picking up the iPhone, look for them to sell upwards of 12 million (Apple Insider). Boy, Nokia and RIM are totally screwed now.
- ZDNet answers your Verizon iPhone questions (ZDnet)
- Credit where credit is due: Bloomberg had the original iPhone-on-Verizon story (Bloomberg). The big Bloomie can still rock out!
- RIM CEO puts on the gameface, even though quarterly subscribers were weak and clearly the iPhone-on-Verizon story is scary for RIM (WSJ). Rearranging deck chairs, anybody?
- RIM is trying to lure developers to its App store (WSJ). Here, kitty kitty.
- How to troubleshoot the iPhone 4 antenna problems (BGR). 1) Get out of car 2) Put on tin-foil hat.
- Cisco introduced a tablet device! (ZDnet). Picture John Chambers speaking in his soothing tones: “This will really enable collaboration and innovation in the workplace.. ” yada yada yada.
- Cool international espionage news of the day: A Russian spy worked in the Barclays office in London (Guardian). I love the fact that she had a LinkedIn profile. Think of all your Facebook friends that could be spies!
- Market looks pretty snoozy today (MarketWatch). Time for the hedgies to spruce of their end-of-Q marketups and markdowns and then grab a facial. Don’t be lured into complacency, becuase the next market facial may be coming.
- Wall Street psychology cheat sheet (The Big Picture).
- Profiles of “Open Carry” advocates (Time). In Montana, this is not news. My friend pointed out that he walked by a guy carrying a shotgun down the street the other day.