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The Next Big Thing
What will challenge Android and iOS in the mobile OS market?If you're wondering what will be the third major platform alongside Android and iOS, you may need to change that "what will be" to "if there will be."
-For the longest time, the discussion has been who will take that third position in the running with iOS and Android. Now the discussion is beginning to tilt a little bit away from who to whether. -Running Windows Phone 8 as its operating system, this Lumia has 4G LTE and NFC in addition to the usual smartphone capabilities. You won't find any buttons non the phone's face and that's because the Z10 uses only a series of gestures to navigate around. -This is the home screen of Tizen. This operating system wants to go head-to-head with Android. -You can see you have your apps arranged on the home screen as opposed to Android. There is no normal home screen that you fill with widgets and then a separate app tray. The app tray is the home screen if you like. In the bottom right, you have a back button which is quite similar to how Android works. While over on the left, you get this context-sensitive menu, which will display different things depending on what you're looking at. -Thanks to the new Snapdragon 800 processor, pages and menus are accessed here immediately. -Look at this global marketshare data from Gartner. There is android then there is iOS below that. And then everyone else rolls up into an iTask at the bottom. And worst than that, either not trending or trending the wrong way. Similar U.S. data from eMarketer. There is Windows phone, BlackBerry, and other rolling up to take increasingly less share of the overall market as times goes on. It's not the direction you wanna be going. -Now, we'll talk about Microsoft's specific prospects in the future episode. But whoever wants to challenge for that third seat or even prove it exists, they've gotta get these things done in my mind. First of all, be different, but recognizable. That's kind of a tight rope to walk. You wanna be different enough to justify switching pane from whatever platform the user is already on, but at the same time be common enough to have an answer to every arrow in iOS and Android's quiver. That's a lot of arrows. Next, it seems as though you have to do your own hardware. I mean, much to my surprise, look how things are shaking up. Apple, of course, has always done hardware. Now, look at Google with Motorola, Microsoft soon to have Nokia. Amazon's kind of in there as well. It looks as though if you wanna be in this battle, you've gotta be able to fight it on two fronts. Be affordable. Perhaps the only low-hanging fruit left in mobile business is in the low or lower cost market either socioeconomically or geographically around the globe. Finally, be simple. And by that, I mean simple in terms of how I use the device, its interface, and its services, but also simple in understanding why I would do so and either leave one of the entrenched guys or get into mobiles for the first time, which may millions of folks are about to do.