The Powers in the Mobile Industry

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There are only two powers in the mobile industry: Apple and the Carriers.  That's it.  You may think that Samsung, Google, Nokia, Android and others are in a position of influence of some sort, but they are not.  They are all riding in the slipstream of what Apple began and the carriers are now executing on with their handmaidens Google/Android and Mediatek.

As a software developer in the mobile space, you need to plan your strategy in accordance with the dynamics of the industry, so it is important to understand this.  Here is some great thinking by Ben Thompson that lends itself to this understanding.  Well worth the read:

http://stratechery.com/2013/two-bears/


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