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August 7, 2016

How samsung lost the opportunity of buying out android before google

Before Google bought andy Rubin’s android, Samsung missed a golden opportunity of buy out and acquire the Mobile OS Android. Reflecting on this Andy Rubin in Fred Vogelstein’s book on the "Dogfight ,how google and Apple went to war and started a revolution" looks back on the day, when he was supposed to give a presentation to Samsung’s headquarters in Seol and what could have changed the smartphone world.

" How samsung screwed up the chance of taking over Android"

"I walk into a boardroom with my 6 employees,where I was greeted with 20 people on the other side of the board room.. Like a military tribunal the Samsung CEO walks in and  then everyone  takes a seat .Samsung is known to be a extremely hierarchical organization".

During the first few seconds, everyone started at me blank, waiting for the CEO to signal the start of proceedings .Rubin says “ I started pitching the 15 slide presentation on how Android could shake up things in the marketplace. However I only saw blank faces and freezing looks that gaped at me, as the CEO constantly stared  back , almost ready to pounce on me.Once the presentation was over, I was greeted with pin drop silence, you could hear the whirring of the AC, and then what seemed like an hour, after 2 minutes.I heard whispers in Korean amongst the CEO and his deputies followed by another one minute of silence

After a while the CEO says" Are you dreaming ? You and your army of 6 people are going to do this ? Do you think you can invent such a thing. Which Phone maker will buy this ? This happened 2 weeks before Google bought Android.Then suddenly one fine day, Rubin says that his the phone rings and it was the Samsung Ceo on the other side  “ I demand that you immediately fly over to seol to discuss your very very interesting and revolutionary idea , which you presented us when you were in Seoul. To google’ credit, It did not take long enough for them to understand the the future of internet is going to be mobile.

August 2, 2016

how blackberry founders sabotaged their first tablet "playbook"

By the spring of 2010, when the iPad was sweeping across the world ,Mike Lazaridis was swept with the urgency to keep up with the tablet craze .The smartphone maker initially  tinkered with the possibility of producing a handheld computer larger that the PDA nut smaller than a PC. However it decided to  launch a 7 inches screen tablet.As the  iPad threatened RIM's  positioning and dominance of its enterprise wireless hand held wireless market, it had to react to iPad. 
With the purchase of   technology company, RIM had a secret weapon, QNX. The QNX OS specialty was creating microkernels , which was a building block of OS ,but not the complete OS . However it  wasn’t efficient on the battery front, which was one of blackberry’s core strength.Compounding the problems was the deadline which was set to the new Playbook launch. This mean that there wasn’t enough time to get the blackberry email on the playbook.For this the email application had to be rewritten as RIM wanted to provide one corporate email from both devices which meant that it also had to update its enterprise software which was deployed with over 25,000 of enterprise customers.Given the deadline to launch the tablet to take on iPad, this was impossible

The result was that Playbook’s customers also had to own the blackberry if they had to access corporate email, making the device as a accessory to blackberry, which was its Flagship device rather than a standalone tablet. What this  meant  for consumers  to access email at Playbook was perplexing .Among the series of  steps to access corporate email 1)They had to download a bridge software app to their devices.2)set up to pair with the smartphone to its playbook 3)Then users had to wait for several minutes for the bridged email box on their playbook to fill up with their blackberry smartphone email.This had to be repeated every time since the email box vanished from the playbook as soon as the connection was cut If the kept both the devices, bridged for long, the wireless activity drained very quickly

For consumer this was  ridiculous as  in comparison ,the ipad enabled user to access their personal as well as corporate email, at a touch of the screen .What was more perplexing was that “ why did RIM take these cumbersome steps, instead of just giving access to hotmail or Gmail In the book “ "Loosing the connection" which chronicles the fall of blackberry, author Sean Silcof , states that Mike Lazaridis was so enamored with the Bridge concept theta RIM dint bother to develop the capability in time for the launch As apposed to this,the ipad came with the email box. The fascination of the founders with technology without understanding consumers preferences sounded the final obituary of the company

how samsung killed the blackberry star :the inside story

" the end of blackberry and the rise of samsung"

As smartphone market gathered crescendo with the launch of iPhone , RIM’s first signs of trouble started in US results.The iPhone's arrival in 2007 dented RIM’s market share but dint slowed its growth. But as Android gained traction,Blackberry showed signs of getting hit. For 7 straight quarters in a row,from late 2008 to 2010 summer RIM recorded revenues of around $2billion for each period followed by a dramatic slide quarter on quarter with sales dramatically falling to $1billion in the quarter ending August 2011. As Android siphoned off market share led by  droves of OEMs which lapped up Android to power their low cost handsets.

For RIM, this was the ultimate death knell. Meanwhile RIM’s share of Verizon’s smartphones sales dropped to a 14% from the last 3 months of 2010 from 60% a year earlier.The drop was also significant at Sprint, which saw blackberry shares fall from 63% to 22% and continuing the disaster ‘ T mobile share of RIM phones dropped from 60% to 18%. Never in the history of RIM it has confronted such a situation.

However another player which changed the dynamics of the smartphone market was Samsung. Samsung was the largest electronics component supplier in the world , which supplied Rivals, RIM and iphone componens for their phones. Due to Samsungs size and scale it could easily outspend, Nokia, RIM and Motorola in terms of Its huge marketing budgets

If Samsung lost a smartphone sale, it made its money by supplying the components to the winner.As a critical supplier, Samsung had access to the latest new technology ,priority on supply and the chance to have a first peek inside its competitor’s hardware. In the book, Loosing the signal, RIM's joint CEO, Jim Balsillie talks about the Samsung marketing budgets  ” In 2010 when I saw the huge splash made by Samsung, and got to know about its huge marketing budget, it have me the chills, and I knew that out crown jewel, Blackberry was now loosing its way to becoming a crackberry.

February 16, 2016

moto smartwatch vs one touch alcatel

Smartwatches comparison: Motorola  Moto 360 compared with  Alcatel One Touch

January 5, 2016

December 12, 2015

global gadget growth trends : 2015 to 2020

the below chart shows and forecasts the growth in conputing gadgets from 2015 to 2020.Tablets will grow the fastest followed by mobile phones and touch enabled ebooks  

"global gadget growth trends : 2015 to 2020"
global gadget growth trends : 2015 to 2020
Small, lightweight tablets will drive most of the growth in the computing hardware market this year, analysts forecast, as sales of PCs continue to fall and smartphone upgrades slow

August 30, 2015

5c smartwatches having the best battery lives

May 28, 2015

Product review : Logitech K760 wireless solar keyboard

"logitech K760 solar keyboard"

"logitech K760 solar  wireless keyboard"

 Logitech K760  wireless solar keyboard 

For those who lives on the Mac and iOS side of the technology, here is  something which you  could consider buying with your eyes closed. Besides getting one for yourself ,This  should be  a gift which you should consider for your friends and family who shares with you the apple ecosystem. You will fall in love with this keyboard so much that this  that you would not even thinking of replacing  and perhaps this  could  be the last  keyboard you would have ever purchased  

Powered with solar and indoor lights, forget charging this device unless you are left in a dark room for over 3 months. The Logitech k670 wireless solar keyboard works perfectly with MAC and iOS powered iPhone, iPod and ipad’s . It pairs without hitch up to 3 devices seamlessly and simultaneously.

April 29, 2015

Apple's revenue by geography:with 70% growth,China set to emerge as no 2 apple market

" apple's revenue from global regions "



 China is on the verge of replacing Europe as apple's  no 2  biggest revenue making region after growing an at impressive a 70% growth in Q1,2015.
For Apple the growth in Chinese market has surpassed  all  expectations. Europe's loss is china's gain as Apple  is set  to  make China its second home after America, the original bastion of  Apple. So far  Apple's revenue was centered around America which in Q12015  has seen its revenue growing by 23% compared to the  20% growth from  European market. In comparison it has seen  70% growth  from the 
Chinese market during the same duration .Apple's Asia Pacific revenue  too showed an impressive 33% growth.

Chart of the day : ipad loosing its way in the tablet market

"ipad mini has been a disaster to ipad"
Statistic: Apple's iPad market share of global tablet shipments from first quarter 2012 to fourth quarter 2014 | Statista

Find more statistics at Statista

 Apple's  seem to be loosing its leadership position in the tablet market . Apple was the first to enter this market back in  2010  and seems to   have lost their way since its heydays in 2013 when it was in its height of popularity. Tim Cook had termed the dip in sales a speed bump last year. However it seems that this bump is beginning to  slowly look like the  entire road  is bumpy

So how did this happen ? : Blurring of lines between the ipad mini and iphone and original ipad: The ipad mini killed the market for apple. The ipad was the kind of Tablet users liked. Stylishly designed..just the right size.The mini killed this market as " it only served to  giveusers the message that  even an standard smartphone can be a tablet .Plus the pricing played a big role with the iPhone 6 Plus costing  about the same as an iPad mini up front.

This was a typical positioning disaster you cant  be everything to everyone. The ipad mini started 
cannibalizing its own  flagship brand . You can see  cannibalization of the iPad is shown in a chart from Credit Suiss

Phablets vs Tablets : has the 4 inches Screen Smartphones killed the Tablet star ?

the phablets   have cannibalised the tablet market

The chart shows how Phablets has  sounded the death knell for Tablets

Below the cannibalization of the iPad is shown in a chart from Credit Suisse. Characterizing phablets as “4+ inches” seems a little out of date, but the point is clear, phablets like the iPhone 6 are eating into tablet share across the board.

Apple reveals its ipod sales in US

Statistic: Apple iPod Touch sales in the United States from 3rd quarter 2007 to 2nd quarter 2012 (in 1,000 units) | Statista

 This chart from statista shows Apple iPod touch sales in the United States from the third quarter of 2007 to the second quarter of 2012 .The Apple  iPod was released first in 2001 and since  the initial release, the iPod has developed and evolved and at present there are 4 different versions available on the market: the iPad Nano, iPod Shuffle, iPod touch and iPod classic. While the market for MP3 players has been declining Apple has and continues to dominate sales and market share in this area  . During the above time Apple has sold 46.5 million iPod touch units in the US between the device's introduction in 2007 and the second quarter of 2012

April 26, 2015

media consumption led by devices and gadgets in south korea now bigger the TV viewing

In south korea, out of 5.7 hours of  media usage daily,TV and Smartphones usage now are almost equal .TV usage stands at 88 minutes ,followed by  83mins  spend online from a desktop or a laptop .This is closely followed by mobile  usage which stood at 81mins and tablets with 38mins
Interestingly the highest number of mobile ads seen  by south korean users  was via an app,39% as compared to 36% via search engine

October 5, 2014

Internet speeds Comparison : South Korea, Hong Kong and Switzerland in the top 3

A recent report by Akamai called "The State  of the Internet Report," South Korea boasts the highest average internet connection speed in the world. Korea's internet users surfed at an average speed of 24.6 Mbps in the second quarter of 2014 according to Akamai's measurements (click here for details on their methodology). Korea is trailed by Hong Kong, Switzerland and Japan who each saw average speeds around 15 Mbps. The United States ranked 14th with an average connection speed of 11.4 Mbps, which is still way above the global average of 4.6 Mbps. To add a little perspective on what these speeds mean: At 10 Mbps it takes around 50 minutes to download a 2-hour movie in HD quality

October 4, 2014

February 4, 2014

US Makes Up 57% of the World's 90 Billionaires

US global billionaires vs rest of the world
While  Technology Firms are most often seen as the Golden goose when it comes o generate wealth  with Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Ellison leading the list . However there have been many billionaires from other industries as diverse as Financial Investments,Media,Food and Beverages Sports, Retail and so on . The chart above shows the list of  the industries that makes up the highest Billionaires and most of them has been self made  .

1. Investments: 100 billionaires
2. Technology: 51 billionaires
3. Media: 37
4. Energy: 35
5. Food and Beverage*: 31
5. Service*: 31
7. Fashion and Retail: 28
8. Real Estate: 27
9. Manufacturing: 18
10. Sports: 15

 Of the 90 tech billionaires in the world, 57% are Americans. Looked at another way: While 12% of U.S. billionaires made their fortunes in tech, just 5% of non-American billionaires did.

Tags: Billionaires ,richest, Investments, technology, infographic,

January 25, 2014

5 Disruptive Technology Gadgets that will go mainstream this year

This years CES (Consumer Electronics Show) showed off some breathtaking Technology Devices , and taken off the wraps on upcoming technology and innovations that are expected to go mainstream this year. Among a few of them are " wearable devices   and internet-connected car

January 23, 2014

When Steve Jobs Finally Made Peace with Microsoft

This is the Video of the 1997 Macworld Expo (August 5-8) in Boston where  Apple and Microsoft  long standing dispute was finally settled.This was a  Huge Turnaround on the part of Apple, and more with Steve Jobs, as he did not have kind words for Bill Gates, and had made no secret of the fact that "Microsoft created legacy systems which put the brakes on Innovation and development

Steve Jobs announced that Apple would be entering into partnership with Microsoft. Included in this was a five-year commitment from Microsoft to release Microsoft Office for Macintosh as well a US$150 million investment in Apple.

As part of the deal Apple and Microsoft agreed to settle a long-standing dispute over whether Microsoft's Windows operating system infringed on any of Apple's patents. It was also announced that Internet Explorer would be shipped as the default browser on the Macintosh, with the user being able to have a preference

Apple, Steve Jobs, Personal Computing,Microsoft,IBM