Geeks at Microsoft were doing okay, there was this fad going on with people inventing stuff that would connect to their Windows PC’s. It was business as usual in Redmond. If you wanted to send a video or a picture – then you had to buy a PC. At the end of the day no one had figured that you could make the toaster and the telly communicate. And, this was not entirely Microsoft’s fault. You could do all this things but, they were not in-built, that was for another market “PC peripherals”.
When they launched Win-Mo back in June 2003, it came in four different versions depending on how deep your pocket was, and what you wanted it for. This was the norm back then, fragmentation of software.
On the 9th January 2007 at the Mac world show in San Francisco, Apple introduced the iPhone. It combined three products: a mobile phone, an iPod, and an Internet communications device with email, web browsing, search and maps all in one device.
Mr Jobs told the world “the stylus is old-fashioned and our software is FIVE YEARS ahead of its time”.
Guys just looked and shrugged, .
People said it wouldn’t work, everyone was worried about the battery life, saying “what if you turn on blue tooth?”.
The Geeks at Google didn’t have anything to show at that time in mobile computing. They watched as Apple stole the limelight. But were busy making money so they continued developing.
Speculation about Google’s intention to enter the mobile communications market continued into late 2006. The media soon caught on and started reporting that Google was developing a Google-branded Mobile Phone.
The “Nexus One”. Another Google coop.
“Nexus is an American Superhero comic-book series by Mike Baron and Steve Rude set 500 years in future.” Its also defined as a link or connection between things.
In November 2007, Google announced the Android Developer Challenge, which would provide $10 million to developers who build mobile applications for Android, the first open source free mobile operating platform.
This was no surprise - Eric Schmidt a former member of the board of directors of Apple and Chairman of Google decides to do a Unix phone. He was forced to retire at Apple when it became public.
It is said that, by November 2007 Apple had over 25% of Smart-phone sales in the US.
This guys were shifting 1 million iPhones and 10 million iPods every quarter. Yup. iPhones are not cheap.
If anyone is looking for where all the money in the world has gone, and now we have a recession, ask Steve Jobs and Apple. To add salt to injury their Macintosh computer sales jumped by over 30%.
It was all happening in Cupertino.
“Apple ended the fiscal year with $15.4 billion in cash and no debt,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the first quarter of fiscal 2008, we expect revenue of about $9.2 billion and earnings per diluted share of about $1.42.”
Meanwhile Nokia peaked with a 3% growth and market share at over 30%, Motorola lost its second spot to Samsung.
Then iPhone killers started popping up all over the place. At some point the hardware in this iPhone killers was years ahead of Apple’s iPhone, but people were still choosing the iThings.