On Monday, there was a bit of news that we put off to the side, because it needed a bit more thought, and also because we feared that it would get lost in the tsunami of iOS 8 coverage. The Wall Street Journal reported that Google was planning to spend at least $1 billion on an array of Internet satellites that would bring connectivity to more remote areas of the globe. This could potentially be huge.
Google has agreed to sell the Motorola devices division to Lenovo for$2.91 billion. We've covered that news, as well as the fact that Project Ara is staying with Google, and the possible reasons why Google may have decided to make the deal. But, now it's time to look beyond the what and the why and take a gander at what this means for the Android ecosystem moving forward, especially when it comes to the dominance of Samsung.
There has been a lot of talk recently about emerging markets, almost as if analysts have finally realized that they exist, and that smartphones will be finding a lot of new customers in places like South America and Africa. Recently, we heard the Blaast CEO say he expects that
of the market share in emerging markets. And now, an analyst wants to throw Apple's name into the ring with the possibility of a $200 off-contract iPhone in 2014.
Of course, just like the Blaast CEO didn't mention which version of Android would be taking over emerging markets (we're assuming it will be Android 2.3, not Android 4.x, as we've mentioned in
), Apple fanalyst Gene Munster doesn't really give much info on his iPhone prediction either.
are the biggest segment that no one talks about, but that doesn't mean that the companies providing the platforms aren't planning for them. If the predictions are right, the next few years should be huge for smartphones in emerging markets. And, the proliferation of smartphones and faster Internet connections could spur a global culture explosion from the easy sharing of local content across the globe. But, the real question is: which platform has the best shot to be the face of this emerging market segment?
Recently, there were some bits of code found in Android that seem to point to the system
on a single device. The immediate thought of many (including us) upon hearing that was that it would be great for tablets, but not so much for phones. But the reality is that multiple users would be a huge option for phones, just not in the US or Europe; rather, it would be huge for emerging markets, like Africa and South America. This is an idea that we touched upon before. Back when Google first announced that it was buying Motorola, we came up with an idea for how Google could use the purchase to
for emerging markets like Africa or South America.
There are only a few things in this life that I really and truly love. I love my wife, I love my friends and my family. I love wandering, exploring, and learning. I love language, art, and basketball. And, I love evolution. Most passions are easy to explain, because most are fairly specific passions. I love basketball because of the athleticism and grace. I love language for its subtlety. I love my wife because of her strength, intelligence, and beauty. The outlier of the group is evolution, because it covers such a wide variety of things from nature, society, language, machinery, electronics, media and systems. Though, when I focus a bit more, there is one specific kind of evolution that I love to study more than any other, and that is the evolution of technology.
Seeing the process of a wolf-like land animal evolve into a whale is fascinating and awe-inspiring. But, in general we don't know exactly how it all worked or if it even worked exactly as we speculate. With technology, we can see it grow, combine, and evolve. It happens within our lifetimes. We may not exactly be in control of the process, but we are complicit at the very least.
Just in my lifetime, we've gone from Atari to the PS3, rabbit ears to HD streaming, the Apple II to Alienware, rotary phones to the Galaxy Nexus, from bumping into someone on the street to bonding with someone continents away. The world has become smaller, knowledge more organized, and serendipity embedded in every moment. There has never been a better time to be human and to be curious. To connect with passions and people. To share ideas and interests. To create almost anything you want in any medium. To be part of the beta test of a global society via the Internet.
And, that is where my mind often loses grasp on the concepts because they grow too big. The Internet as a beta test for a global society. A networked society that is truly democratic, with collaboration from those passionate and knowledgeable, rather than simply those best able to win an election. I can understand the technology behind it, and even some of the sociology, but the economics, politics, etc. escape me. The Internet has the ability to change every aspect of life from a top-down power structure, to bottom-up. I'll try to delve into the ideas more as we go along.
I've gotten myself back into the habit of writing with my work at PhoneArena. Now, I need to get back into the habit of writing for myself. Writing about all of my passions, not just mobile technology (which is the current number one passion, because it is the technological sphere with the fastest rate of evolution right now.) Presumably, I'll have a more permanent space to do that, but until my website is fully functional again, this space will have to do.