Particle Debris (wk. ending 1/21) The Future Can’t Come Fast Enough

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TV industry expert Steve Smith writes about his experiences with Google TV in his third installment: “Google TV Notes on Week Three: Web TV Should Be TV.” Here’s a notable quote: “CNN’s interface for drilling into recent videos pretty much demands that you resort to the touchpad, and they even present the navigation in topic tree not unlike a Windows Explorer. Ugh!”

Here’s a novel concept: the efficiency of an OS in generating search revenue. Horace Dediu gets into some serious geek-talk and charts and explains, “Is Android more efficient than iOS at generating search revenue?” (Here’s a preview: no.)

If you’re the check-box-making type, it may appear that there are a few other phones with technical specs that are superior to the iPhone. Skattertech has created just such a chart, and it’s very interesting. Of course, the iPhone 4 is getting old, in smartphone years, so one can expect that smartphones announced at CES might be better in some areas. Here’s the chart: “Motorola Droid Bionic vs. Apple iPhone 4 vs. HTC Thunderbolt.” Some people use a chart like this religiously; other people just know they want an iPhone and are done.

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“Steve Jobs will go down in the history books as the equal of Thomas Alva Edison, who founded General Electric; Henry Ford, who founded Ford Motor Co.; John D. Rockefeller, who founded Standard Oil; and J.P. Morgan, who started a certain eponymous bank.” That’s the conclusion of a short investment history of Apple by Jon Markmann entitled, “Steve Jobs and the miracle of Cupertino”. We think we know everything about Apple, but this one has some interesting tidbits from an investment standpoint, how the iPod turned the company around, and how Jobs stole the album selling process from the music industry.

It costs billions of dollars to upgrade a major wireless network from one technology to another. But, hey, why wait for the work to be complete to start bragging. Customers have to be persuaded now. As a result, we’re seeing the wholesale usage of the term 4G long before LTE networks are completed. So what’s all this fuss about “4G” and how do you tell it apart from “3G”? Dan Frommer explains in: “Here’s Why It’s OK That We Started Calling Our 3G Network A ‘4G’ Network.

Have you wondered why the Kindle store has so many more book selections than Apple’s iBookstore? Here’s the answer from a former engineer at Amazon: “When Will iBook’s Catalog Catch Up To The Kindle Store?” Come on Apple…. afraid of a little work? Here’s something to spend some money on. Oh, wait. Apple doesn’t spend money, they only make money.

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Did you see Letterman on January 12? There was a cute video skit on the Verizon iPhone. Ignore Letterman’s ignorance; just enjoy the slam on Verizon.

How will the tablet market evolve in 2011? Here’s Don Reisinger’s slide show on the market and competitors to the Apple iPad in 2011. Who does this author think will do the best? Hewlett-Packard.  They control their hardware and software completely.

Finally, one more piece from Horace Dediu, this time, entitled, “Why Eric Schmidt had to go: Google’s innovation dilemma.” As usual, Mr. Dediu brings math, charts, and insight to the table: “The real condemnation of the leadership at Google is that there has been a failure to create entirely new disruptions. As the stock chart above confirms, Android and Chrome are, if successful, sustaining technologies for Google. That’s not going to be enough.”

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Technincal Word(s) of the Week (TWoW)

The InterGoogle (n.) The, you know, the Inter thingy. Source: Craig Ferguson, The Late, Late Show.

Comments

Peter
John Martellaro

ROTFL!

macjeffff

Priceless!

mhikl

As always, makes for a good Saturday read and learn.

Getting a bit of a bite, John. Good; that’s what Apple success does?pulls the sting and sense (if any) from under Apple Hating Envyboys.

And spot on about Letterman.

Oh, and does xoom rhyme with zoom or exhume?

And regarding Dell’s 5 inch wonder (there are some things where bigger is better) we can’t be reminded too often of M Dell’s suggestion that Apple should be sold off and the money returned to its investors. Can’t remember which Apple Death Knell it was.

wab95

As the stock chart above confirms, Android and Chrome are, if successful, sustaining technologies for Google. That?s not going to be enough

Hello from the field. Just a quick response to that quote. The same was stated on Bloomberg’s Marketwatch back in November 2010, with specific comments that neither Android nor Chrome represent new disruptive technologies, but are yesterday’s momentum going forward.

This does not mean that Google cannot dig deep and come out with real advances in its core technologies. As Horace Dediu’s article suggests, this is likely what is behind the change at the top. That said, strategic modifications generally carry substantial institutional inertia. Additionally, any technological innovations are not likely to be as nimble coming to market as those from Apple, so long as OEMs are the primary means by which those (Google’s) technologies are incorporated into new devices. Google know that they have some serious digging out to do.

Given the unlikelihood of MS making a credible tablet device showing anytime soon, as well as uncertainties around the success of its WinPhone 7, I think it is in the industry’s best interests that Google succeed.

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