Wireless Wars: Apple and Google Take On the World

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| In response to these gathering forces, carriers, handset makers, and leading
| mobile software producers are gearing up their own initiatives. Some carriers
| are investing in open source software: Vodafone
| and Japan's NTT DoCoMo recently cofounded LiMo, one of nearly two dozen
| mobile flavors of Linux. And when another mobile Linux purveyor named
| Trolltech released a limited batch of handsets for developers to play around
| with in June, "a surprising number of handsets were bought by operators,"
| reports Benoit Schillings, Trolltech's chief technology officer.


Apple's devices are too closed to evolve. Only Apple truly works on them.
Windows, with 4-6% market share, is barely even worth a mention.

Related, from yesterday:

The Man Behind the Google Phone

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| “The thing that gets me going is touching a large number of people — if
| there’s 3.1 billion phones out there, it’s a great way to touch people,” he
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| says. “I want to find something that delights people so they use it, and
| they use it for the merits of it being it.” *


PCs being pushed aside in Japan

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| The PC's role in Japanese homes is diminishing, as its once-awesome monopoly
| on processing power is encroached by gadgets such as smart phones that act
| like pocket-size computers, advanced Internet-connected game consoles,
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| digital video recorders with terabytes of memory. *