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R.I.P. Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011)

A true visionary… he will truly be missed. Where would we all be in the Internet industry without the desktop revolution he unleashed?

Steve Jobs (from Apple Home Page on 6th October 2011)

RIP Steve Jobs

 

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What must Nokia do to get back into the smart phone war?

Check My answer on Quora to: What would you do to get Nokia back into the smart phone war? http://qr.ae/Mf9s

Below am reproducing the same:

I am going to answer this query using Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop’s leaked memo (Ref: http://ree.ms/elop_memo ) as the base for information where it is now accepted that Nokia has lost the smartphone war. The situation is so drastic that Elop compares situation to a “burning platform”.

Nokia must first choose which war it wants to participate in as that decision will affect the strategic direction of the company in the next decade:
1. The Platform (“eco-sysytem”) War: the two major participants are Apple iOS and Google Android with Microsoft Winmo7 & RIM/BB fighting for distant third place. Microsoft in all probability will emerge 3rd by sheer force of cash.

2. The Device War: the participants are Nokia, Samsung, Apple, HTC, RIM, Microsoft, HP, Dell, LG, Motorola and dozens of Chinese & Indian brands like Micromaxx

If Nokia chooses to join the Platform War, then as Elop rightly identified, the scope of the battle is much wider as it involves Hardware form factor, Operating System, Developer community, Applications and App Stores, multiple features involving location, search and social. This is a war which Nokia could have won if it entered in 2007. Today as we approach 11th Feb 2011, it is simply too late. Nokia has the lowest cash resources compared to AAPL/GOOG/MSFT and is minimum 2 generations behind the development cycle.

Nokia is better off being a “kingmaker”, where it can choose to support either Android or Windows7Mobile and make either of the 2 very competitive against market leader Apple. Nokia can then focus on its traditional strength, Devices.

In the Device War, Nokia has the distribution and experience to tackle competition once it chooses to go with Android or Windows 7. Android is clearly ahead of Windows 7, and Nokia-Android is a better combination if Nokia wants to remain an independent Device manufacturer. If Nokia chooses Windows 7, then it is better off for Nokia shareholders if Microsoft buys out Nokia. Microsoft has the cash and needs the manufacturing expertise of Nokia in many markets.

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iPhone 4 launch by Steve Jobs

Update  June 2010:

Check out the iOS 4 Launch here:  WWDC 2010 Keynote by Steve Jobs

Highlights:

1. WWDC 2010 stats – 5200 attendees from 57 countries. Seats sold out in 8 days.

2. Apple has over 2m iPads (one every three seconds).

3. There are now 8.5k native iPad apps in the App Store, downloaded 35 million times (17 apps per iPad).

4. First 2 months,  users have downloaded over 5 Million books from iBooks app (2.5 books per iPad). And for five of the six biggest publishers in the US, share of iBooks is up to about 22%.

5.  eBAY APP stats: 10m downloads, $600 Million  sales  volume in year 1. Grew to $1.5 Billion in 2010.

6. The iTunes App store has crossed 5 BILLION DOWNLOADS.  At 70% revenue share with Apple, over $1 Billion cash has paid to App Developers.

7. Nielson market research for US:  RIM is #1 with 35%. iPhone is #2 with 28%, WinMo #3 with 19%, Android 9%.  iPhone is over 3x that of Android.  As for the US mobile browser usage — 58.2% is via iPhone. That’s almost 2.5x that of #2, Android.

8. iAds gets $60 Million commitment from 16 advertisers second half of 2010. iAds now has 48% of Mobile Display Advertising market share

9. New features of iOS4: FaceTime, Multitasking,  Retina Display, HD Video Recording & Editing, 5-megapixel camera with built-in LED flash, 3 Axis Gyroscope, iMovie app, Folders, iBooks enhancement, deeper mail and enterprise support and tons of new features. Read in detail here:  iPhone4 / iOS4 Features

10. BING added to iphone search.

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iAd demo (Posted 12 April 2010):

Steve Jobs & Apple have completely turned mobile advertising upside down with the launch of Apple iAds. These have more impact than TV, look and sound better than TV, have more interaction and engagement. Very intuitive & consumer friendly. This is what ADS should be like. Not stupid boring text links or 15 secs interruption.

They are also App Developer friendly (users don’t have to leave the App if they browse the ad).
Apple says they will sell the ads and share 60% revenue with App Developers.

Overnight, Apple has made Google/Admob obsolete in the mobile space. The fact that iPhone 4 also has the word “Google” removed and replaced by the word “search”, clearly means Apple/Jobs don’t even want Google in the Apple iUniverse. As Jobs said, iPhone users search for Apps not search the web (as they do in desktops). In the battle for Mobile space between Google vs Apple, the clear winner is Apple.

Watch the iAd Demo here:

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