Some people believe that this newest iPhone will be one on steroids, and as I said yesterday, it had better be, because the competition is really beginning to heat up from newer phones such as the Motorola Droid.
Verizon's and Motorola's hugely expensive ,"Droid Does," advertising campaign also appears be working too, with some estimating that they may have already sold upwards of 700,000 to 800,000 Droids. However, others are not too sure, believing that the actual number sold will be somewhat lower than their intended goal of some one million phones.
Despite the braggadocio contained in Verizon's $100-million Droids ads, it appears that the Droid may not quite be the iPhone killer that Verizon and Motorola had planned and hoped it to be. Yesterday, for example, Stewart, writing for Aslop Louie Partners, provoked a storm with his post entitled: "Droid Doesn't: It's Not Ready For Prime Time." His post prompted over 144 comments, and some rather ones nasty at that, when he began his post by saying things such as:
"The Motorola Droid is truly terrible, in part because it has such promise (and has been amazingly well reviewed — I worry I’m missing something). Ironically, most of the blame for the cruddiness of the phone really should be laid at Google’s feet, not Motorola’s.
The hardware (which is Motorola’s) mostly works. The keyboard is horrible and I’ve never used it, which means that it is a real design flaw given how much weight and mechanical operation it adds to the device. (The software keyboard works well enough that I’ve found it adequate but the other problems with the software make it barely useable.) The camera button on my Droid doesn’t work and never has, so I call up the camera from the home screen. The on-off button is poorly placed for one-handed operation and requires real force to actuate. But this is just version 1.0 issues that Motorola will likely fix next time out."
Sadly, for the Droid and Android in particular, there seems to be more wrong with it than just posts like Stewart's. There have been further reports, such as this one, that suggest that developers are especially not all that happy with Android as well.
French developer Game Loft, for instance, recently declared that they were leaving Android to solely concentrate on developing for the iPhone, claiming that they sold 400 times more apps for the iPhone than they did for Android, but they have since apparently reversed that decision.
What ever, some developers are still very concerned and worried that any apps that they might write for Android may, or may not, work across all Android phones, since different manufacturers will be building phones with different and far ranging specs, from different CPU's, to different graphic chips and, as well, to various and different types and sizes of screens, making it all the more difficult for them to consistently write apps for.
Apple and Google, according to some, are on a collision course and seem headed straight for the divorce courts, as Google, all of a sudden, finds itself competing directly with Apple in the smart phone sector, and, as well in the OS and browser space. Some are even reporting that Google is about to introduce its very own branded hardware, the so-called "G-Phone", which could end up alienating Google even further from Apple, and, not to mention, quite possibly also a few of its own Android partners.
Apple has not only banned certain Google apps, like Google Voice, from its APP STORE, but now reports are saying that Apple is about to bring out its own mapping software that may take maps, especially on the iPhone, not only to a whole new level, thanks to its purchase of its very own map company, but also as a part of an effort to help free itself from any need for Google or any of its apps.
In addition, to the above, some have even dared to speculate that it's entirely possible that Apple is about to directly compete head-to-head with Google by creating its very own search engine! If true, then both of their plans of entering each others traditional turf could end up making them both bigger foes, to themselves, rather than their much hated and mutual nemesis - Microsoft!
In conclusion, this would be a bloody shame, because, in the end, I would much prefer to see them working with rather than against each other. By themselves each company is hot commodity, but together they are even hotter still, and by working together they are both in a better position to not only challenge and take on big, old Microsoft, but together they are in a much better position to also dominate and influence the entire world of high tech! By directly competing against each other, sadly, the only really big winner will end up being Microsoft, and that's the last thing that either Google or Apple really needs, or really wants.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Tuesday, December 01 , 2009