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Why iOS is not doing that well in Europe?

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You will find more statistics at Statista

Among all regions, Europe is by far the worst for Apple, as the chart shows. Surprisingly even Windows Phone is getting close to iOS market share in Europe.

The reason is quite simple:

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The price for the lowest spec iPad in US is $499 while in Spain is 499 Euro. For years Apple has maintained a pricing policy where prices for their products in Europe follow the 1 Euro = 1 USD rule. At today’s exchange rate, an iPad costs 36% more in Europe than in the US.

We all know the Apple target client is not price sensitive, but in a Europe in recession with an impoverishing middle class (specially in southern countries) it is not a surprise that Samsung and Android are doing pretty well.

If Apple wants their market share in Europe to resemble US, they’d better change their pricing policy in Europe. Otherwise they risk to be beaten by (shame on you Apple) Windows Phone!

 

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Why Google gives Android for free?

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You will find more statistics at Statista

The chart already answers why Google gives Android for free.

Google is set to dominate advertisement, in any digital form.

  • Google dominates online, which it is about to surpass print media as an industry.
  • With Android, Google is set to dominate mobile ads, whatever form it may take, beyond search and display. As eyeballs go to mobile, Google will have an advantage position by controlling the OS.
  • And TV is the next one to disrupt. Youtube might be turning to be profitable by now. The experiments in online video ads are beginning to pay off, as it shows the amount of content agreements Youtube is getting into.

Googe wants to control the underlying technology platform, so that whatever evolution digital ads go, they are at the leading edge. Chrome and Android are the most obvious cases. On2, Widevine acquisitions followed the same rationale.

Google strategy to kill competitors is also getting more and more obvious: Give for free the core value of your competitor.

  • Google Apps against Microsoft Office
  • Chrome and Chrome OS, to make the OS irrelevant, as all apps run in the browser.
  • Android against Apple iOS

Digital advertisement, powered by Google, is one of the biggest enablers of the Digital Renaissance. Google enables both publishers and advertisers of any size to benefit from online advertisement. They are one of the biggest ‘patrons of the arts’ for the long tail.

Highlight data points in the chart:
Mobile ads market in US is $4 bn in 2012. Facebook managed to get $339m, even if they just started mobile ads this year.

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Back from MWC 2009 in Barcelona

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After a few weeks traveling I am back in KL after the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. I was planning to link any comprehensive report  from the blog-sphere with the highlights from last week, but strangely enough I did not find any. So I will summarize my high level impressions from the show:

  • The news with most press coverage was incredibly the handset that a pickpocket stole from a Telstra exec, with the yet-to-be-released Windows Mobile version 6.5, and loaded with “secret product information”. Is Microsoft using new viral marketing techniques? or was really the show lacking any more striking news?
  • Where are the Android handsets? After more than one year of Android birth many were expecting 2009 MWC to unveil stunning new handsets. But Android devices were missing. HTC only showed  its T-Mobile’s G1. Are HTC, Motorola, Sony-Ericsson and others preserving their weapons for the Xmas season?
  • Still some interesting devices, like LG’s Watch Phone also shown at CES, or the INQ Social Mobile Phone, a web-centric budget phone that got the best mobile phone award. This is a $50 mobile phone optimized to enjoy Facebook, Skype and IM from a mobile, in Om Malik’s words, “chasing what is going to be the biggest trend in the mobile industry: application-specific mobile phones”.  Also grabbed my attention the Texas Instruments’ pico-projectors embedded in mobile phones.
  • There were also major annoucements of large Network contracts with less attention from the general public. The most significant was Verizon’s annoucenment for LTE deployments as early as 2009! Verizon also disclosed their selected vendors, with Alcatel-Lucent as the biggest winner, followed by Ericsson.

In general, less visitors than previous editions,  more sun, a few Lara Crofts in Hall 8, and occasional pickpockets making it into the headlines.

Who Wouldn’t Back Android?

Android announced this week that 14 new companies are joining the Open Handset Alliance. The new members are: AKM Semiconductor, ARM, ASUSTek Computer, Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin International, Huawei Technologies, Omron Software, Softbank Mobile Corporation, Sony Ericsson, Teleca AB, Toshiba Corporation and Vodafone.

Some readings:

  1. Sony Ericsson sold their shares of Symbian to Nokia to be able to run to Android, as predicted.
  2. ARM does want to power Android handsets processors (G1 has a Qualcomm processor)
  3. Even Vodafone will put Vodafone Live on Android. Wouldn’t they sell it as a mobile App in App Market and make Vodafone Live available to users from any carrier for a  wider audience?
  4. Softbank (is this the same Japanese mobile operator that sells iPhone?) might be hoping for an Android flip phone that meets the Japanese taste for clam-shell phones.
  5. Garmin, fearing of the strong threat of mobile phones with A-GPS and Google Maps to their navigator devices, might be thinking that better partnering than fighting. Garmin already launched its first GPS-phone, the Nuvifone, earlier this year. It seems that there will be more to come, confirming that GPS and Phone synergy is here to stay.
  6. Nokia, RIM, Microsoft and Apple keep resisting to join the “Alliance”, and remain in the dark side of the Force. No wonder Android logo looks so much alike C-3PO!

Let’s get ready to enjoy the cool devices that the members of the Alliance, as well as Apple, Nokia and RIM, will bring in their own star wars.

Android, may the Force be with you.

N97: Too Little, Too Late?

Nokia has finally reacted and announces a device to compete with the iPhone. The N97 has a beautiful touchscreen and a sliding qwerty keyboard. From the video clip Nokia posted in YouTube you can notice that Nokia bets on widgets to make the interface even more touch-friendly. One surprising thing about the video is that apart from widgets it only shows how the N97 plays video and music controlled by a soft touch interface. No demo on web browsing experience, nor on Nokia Maps powered by A-GPS, nor on any other feature that outperforms iPhone.

The device has 32GB of internal memory, a micro SD slot, and features a mini-USB interface, which already signals how Nokia is giving up on forcing users to buy proprietary Nokia cables and chargers. This shows how good (and necessary) competition is to avoid market leaders to abuse their position, as Nokia has been doing with their accessories (and Apple still does).

All in all, a quite decent device compared to previous Nokia phones. But at the expected 550 EUR price, is it cooler than iPhone? Furthermore, what new iPhone and Android models will we have by the second half of 2009, when the N97 hits the market?

Market leaders tend to be slower to respond to disruptions, usually after wasting months downplaying the disruptive competitor. Has Nokia reacted soon enough to avoid losing its throne?

Nokia N97 Specs, extracted from CrunchGear:

  • Size: 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm* *18.25 mm at camera area
  • Weight: Approx. 150 g
  • Memory: Up to 48GB (32 GB on-board memory, plus 16GB expansion via microSD memory card slot)
  • Display: 3.5 inch TFT with up to 16 million colors nHD 16:9 widescreen (640×360 pixels)
  • Talk time: Up to 320 min (3G), 400 min (GSM)
  • Standby time: Up to 400 hrs (3G), 430 hrs (GSM)
  • Video playback: Up to 4.5 hours (offline mode)
  • Music playback: Up to 37 hours (offline mode)
  • Image capture: Up to 5 megapixels (2584 x 1938) JPEG/EXIF (16.7 million/24-bit color)

One Year of Blogging

One year has passed since we started this blog with Steve Job’s famous commencement address.

Less than one month later a post on LinuxMCE made it to the front page of Digg, and got 25.000 visits in one day!

Since then, we have spoken about iPhone, Android, Mobile Internet, Mobile TVIPTV, Internet TV, the economy of freenetbooks, WiMAXclouds, pipes and even nanotechnology. We have also echoed from great entrepreneurs as Guy Kawasaki, Tim Ferriss or Martin Varsavsky.

It has been close to 200 posts, 250 comments, 139.000 visits and 260.000 pages.

Thank you for being there.

Note: Did I mention we also wrote about iPhone?

Apple Vs. Nokia: Less is More

While Nokia posted a 30.5% drop in earnings in the quarter ending on 30 September, Steve Jobs proudly announced to analysts that 6.9 million 3G iPhone units were sold in the same quarter, outselling  even RIM’s Blackberry 6.1 million units.

While Nokia blames price cutting for their profit decline, Apple says that their iPhone helped push net income up 26% to $1.14 billion.

While Nokia sells their phones worldwide in more than 140 countries, iPhone is currently sold in only 51, targeting 70 by year-end.

While 159 different Symbian models were shipped in the previous quarter, only one Apple model was shipped.

Only one quarter after launching the 3G iPhone, Apple is ranked third by revenues among smartphone vendors, just behind Nokia and Samsung, and ahead of SonyEricsson and LG.

In Steve Jobs words, Apple’s mobile phone strategy focuses on “software and user experience“. It is the usability, stupid. That is the magic why a phone without MMS, video recording, videocall or a memory card slot still rocks.

Nokia downplayed Apple’s impact in the mobile phone market when iPhone was launched. Now the financial numbers confirm the revolution anticipated by all the headlines and hype iPhone generated.

Anyone bet that Android and iPhone will outsell Symbian by end 2009?