I couldn't care less about who wins the smartphone battle

The Practical Computer | By Tom Ledford

I don't have a dog in the fight

I will gain no matter who wins. I don't develop mobile software other than for a browser. I have an Android phone and no contract. I don't want a contract and I don't want to spend more money on any phone right now. 

I just want to call my Mom, text my sister, ask my wife what she wants for dinner, reply to my boss's  email, take a decent snapshot, get directions when I go out of town, and have something to do while I'm killing time in an airport. I can do all that with my phone. 

When I have a need for a phone with greater capabilities, higher performance, better camera, or whatever, I will review my options and make a decision. In the mean time, Google, Apple and Microsoft, have at it. Play feature topping games like crazy! Fight for content control. Babble on about "ecosystem" bull shit. Beat the crap out of one another. I'm sure one of you will get to be king of the mountain for a while.

When buying a new phone makes sense for me, I will see who is on top and decide if their phone, with all its bells and whistles, is worth my money.

However, if anyone wants to give  me a new phone, I would love to have a Moto X, LG G2, HTC One, Nexus 4 (or 5, if it takes you a while to decide what to buy for me). Hell, I guess I would even take a new iPhone 5S, if it was free.

Gotta go now. I need to call Mom.


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Microsoft Buys Nokia's Mobile Phone Business

Microsoft Corp on Tuesday said it will buy Nokia's mobile phone business for 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion).

Reuters - http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/03/us-microsoft-nokia-idUSBRE98202V20130903

Nokia, once the worlds largest vendor of mobile phones, has slipped to the tenth largest. After Nokia replaced their Symbian OS in all their phones with Windows in February 2011, their sales decreased dramatically.  

If Microsoft has any edge that they can combine with Nokia to help them revive their mobile business, it is their entrenchment in corporations with their server operating systems and Microsoft Office. However, their once iron grip on the business software market is now threatened by cloud players, Amazon and Google.

Microsoft's responded to these new threats, with Azure and Office 365. Many have criticized Microsoft for being slow to respond to the change in market forces created by the Internet. Out maneuvered, going all the way back to the browser wars with Netscape, they have relied on their three cash cows - Windows, Office, and Server systems -  to keep them on top as a technology powerhouse, if not a leader.

Microsoft never obtained serious market share with their mobile phone operating system, but kept a toehold in the market by their integration capability with Microsoft Exchange Email Systems, widely used by businesses from small companies to large corporations. Smartphones by Apple, Samsung and other Android systems overwhelmed them. Their late entrance into the tablet market with their Surface tablet was executed poorly and their Surface RT was a dramatic failure.

Stymied by  the innovator's dilemma, Microsoft is trying to shake things up with a change of leadership in the replacement of Steve Ballmer as CEO. Their purchase of Nokia gives them a device manufacturing capability they have never had before. It will position them to compete more effectively with Google and Google's new device manufacturing prowess since their acquisition of Motorola. 

Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop, once the head of Microsoft's business software division, would now seem to be the odds on favorite to be named Microsoft's new CEO. Some think machinations and plans were in place for just such a merger, when Elop joined Nokia in September, 2010. Microsoft's future will depend upon how well they can assimilate a large hardware manufacturer with their software business. 

Do you think it is too late for Microsoft to become a serious competitor in mobile technology? 

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