If Japan can offer any lessons here – about 20 percent of its population pays for goods and services using mobile devices – it is that laying the groundwork and support for this type of payment takes a deep-pocketed, influential player with a strong will.
Do you enjoy talking Android, tasting Napa Cab, seeing a Show? Then put on your Ray-Bans and join the adventure already!
Price of the iPad Mini is perhaps the biggest unknown at this point. My guess: $299-399. Despite the seemingly innocuous idea of a smaller iPad, however, there are actually some big ideas percolating beneath the surface. Here’s a few.
When they Kill Kenny it’s funny, when they Kill the Start Button not so much. Worse still for Microsoft, consumers won’t be running away from the Vista Monster when Windows 8 finally lands this month. Are there compelling reasons for consumers to buy the new OS?
Android is winning because it is by nature customizable by manufacturers, can be retrofitted for a variety of platforms, and gives consumers far more choice (various price points, screen sizes, performance levels).
When the new iPad shipped I was absolutely floored that it was bigger than the previous model. What?! That’s impossible. That never, ever happens! Unless, you’re a hugely successful company that is getting sloppy, innovating less.
Camp Android increasingly looks like a two horse race: Samsung vs. Motorola. I’m guessing that Google’s mobility division is reluctantly pleased that team Samsung is venturing daily into those San Jose courtrooms.