The iPhone Killer title is still empty, many has attempted to rob the crown, but none of them have achieved any success and things look like that those new hardcore Android mobile phones won’t have a chance either, the iPhone formula is not about hardware components or media campaigns with Star Wars characters, it’s a mixture of iOS features aimed at providing the most rich user experience with features designed with the end user in mind, because not all mobile phone users have the time to tweak their devices in order to obtain a higher satisfaction.
I really like Android a lot more than anything from RIM, but it’s so frustrated or difficult to achieve-reach the same level of satisfaction with the different flavors around, Motoblur has is unique and excellent user interface, so do the HTC and Samsung Android flavors and putting together these environment will be a very difficult task even for hardcore hackers with time to do that.
RIM, Nokia or any Android based phone maker are just trying to convince us that their devices are far better than the iPhone and in some form it’s true, you can find phone with better cameras, more megapixels and a lot cheaper (get a $1 dollar Android phone at Amazon.com) or get 2 Blackberry or Windows Phone 7 based devices at your Verizon Wireless or AT&T store, an extraordinary offer that you won’t ever see with the iPhone, because the iPhone is selling so well that there’s not need to accelerate or force its adoption and the fight is not about Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Voice Navigation GPS or bigger screen it’s about integration with hardware, software and media, a formula that guarantee the smaller fragmentation for developers and an one that provides the faster return on investment, this is not about the new a portion of that formula, this is about all the component at once.
Android may be taking marketshare from iOS because of a bigger distribution, but brand by brand none of those Android based mobile phones are ready to make the iPhone runs for help and their chance on getting the iPhone Killer title is smaller each day with the next iPhone 5 ready to rock the market in months.
Walled Garden or Open Doors
Apple’s iOS strategy has been called a walled-garden, too difficult to gain access to the AppStore, not customizable user interface and few hardware choices (internal space,
white or black).
The AppStore with its deficiencies and sour stories is the main place to have your mobile app spotlighted, it’s the place to be for professional and amateur developers, probing to be a cash cow for a lot of developers and a gold mine for Apple, it won’t be matched any time soon and while the Android could have a bigger audience its Android Market is far from being a money making property, some Android developers have opted to launch their apps for free and get the profit generated for the inclusion of intrusive ads.
iOS is the undisputed brain inside the iPhone and the iPad and with its most recent updates a few anomalies were cut out and a lot of new features brings to the iPad, this alone guarantee that the next major Android OS version won’t even have the change to make iPhone and iPad users envious of any feature that is only to Android.
So who’s the next iPhone Killer? The most qualified device to dethrone the iPhone from is pedestal is the next iPhone 5, Apple has a record of adding hot new features to their new devices and with the iPhone 5 it won’t be different, it will bring hottest and hardcore features making the iPhone 4 irrelevant instantly and that alone could kill the iPhone as we know it, Apple is not afraid of being guilty of displacing its own son for a more market-wise offering.