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RIM May Split Business Apart

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Top message:  Not going to happen :/ by skaii   Jun 25, 2012, 7:08 PM

Replying to:  Google should give up too! by HawkeyeOC   Jun 25, 2012, 7:42 PM

Re: Google should give up too!

by T Bone    Jun 25, 2012, 8:15 PM

I know that when you say that Apple and Google should just 'give up' that you're being sarcastic, but the fact of the matter is, that a completely objective analysis of the market would conclude that both Apple and Google have serious problems which could point to them being, in a few years, in the same position that RIM, Nokia, and Palm have gone through...

Apple's problem is that it is no longer growing, the days when everyone and his brother wanted an iPhone and would be satisfied with absolutely nothing else are over, and the days when every iPhone outsold its predecessor are over as well. Currently, about 80% of iPhones are sold to current iPhone customers and NOT to new customers. And the fact that Apple is now trying to get the iPhone on every tiny microscopic regional carrier is a sign that Apple is aware that the days of exponential growth are over and are now getting desperate to find new customers anywhere they can get them. Apple is really behaving oddly in their iPhone policy because they are trying to get it everywhere, even though Apple's normal strategy is to RESTRICT access to their products, not expand it...which is why you can't buy a Mac at a place like Walmart, because Apple wants to create the impression that the people who shop at places like Walmart are not good enough to own an Apple computer. So.....with the prospects of growth limited, it appears the iPhone has reached its peak of popularity and will now start to plateau....

On the other hand, Android is widely popular NOW, but it is also on A LOT of really bad handsets, and really bad tablets....which means that a lot of people who are currently using Android phones are very unhappy with them, and might not buy Android again...

Sure....the Galaxy S, Galaxy Nexus and other 'high end' Android handsets might have very satisfied users, but most people aren't buying top of the line Android, they are buying bottom shelf Android, and they might not be sticking with Android for their next upgrade.

In addition, the fragmentation and lack of updates with many Android devices makes many 'technology nerds' very unhappy, and less likely to continue to buy Android in the future.

Nothing is certain, nobody knows what the market will look like 2, 5 or 10 years from now, but anyone who claims that Apple and Google are simply unbeatable and nobody compete with them is full of it.....both companies have weaknesses that can be exploited by a strong competitor....

Which means that if companies like Microsoft and Nokia with Windows Phone and RIM can hold on a couple more years and find a way to capitalize on the weaknesses of Apple and Google they may yet see some growth.

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