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The mobile industry has got its confidence back, and it's spending money again while drawing up the ranks to take on Apple. Last year‘s Mobile World Congress was subdued in comparison to this year's, as operators held back on spending in an uncertain economy and Apple seemed to be holding all the cards. Not much has actually …

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"Take on Apple"

From what I'm hearing from mobile developers, the phone manufacturers are not only going to take on Apple, it looks like more than half these companies are going to be at risk of also being killed in the stamped!. Apparently there's around 170 different Android phones already on the market or just entering the market!. That's nuts, I don't see them all surviving that kind of gold rush, but then Google have also said 300000 new Android phones are being activated per day! So maybe its just a case of them not earning much per phone model, but still earning a lot of money.

It also doesn't look like its going to stop any time soon, as the hardware companies are releasing some amazing next generation chip news. Some of these chips in the next 18 months will be bloody fast.

The frantic rate of change in mobile is making desktop hardware development look like its asleep by comparison. I'm sure Apple will also up its game as well to keep up, but they are going to have one hell of a battle to stay in front. I don't see how one company (no matter how big) can compete with so many other companies all rushing in the same (Android) direction.

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@"I don't understand what this talk is of Apple supposedly being in front"

That's not completely true. (Plus AC you are misrepresenting my position). I have seen unit sales figures for Android vs iPhone and up until that point very recently, Apple did still have the lead over Android. But like I was saying, that won't hold out for long as Android sales are rapidly speeding up (just at the time Apple have spent the past year alienating and trying to close off developers from their phones, which is inevitably pushing many thousands of developers on to Android).

I don't see much evidence for Apple still being ahead (like I was trying to say), but I keep hearing people say its currently ahead but that won't last, (like I was saying AC!). From what I keep hearing, Android is powering ahead, so even *if* Apple are currently just about ahead, it won't stay ahead for much longer, as Android's stampede of support is going to rapidly steamroller all over Apple.

@"Generally though, this talk of catching up to Apple may have made sense back in 2007/2008 where iOS was ahead of the competition"

I would agree Apple was technically ahead in phones in 2007/2008, (although games have had interactive UI's decades before phones, so its hardly much of a technical lead, as they try to claim!) … but anyway Apple PR & marketing droids were strongly pushing the image for years that it was ahead in high end smart phone sales up to very recently. (But lets not forget Symbian had over 200 million smart phones on the market, which Apple's PR people have been happy to forget, whilst they try to promote iPhone).

Apple's Phone lead is rapidly becoming a case of selling on the past strength of its past glory. Its rapidly becoming more about perception of greatness than by any measurable amount. Like I was saying AC, Android are rapidly growing & Apple are falling behind, but they were leading over Android sales up until recently, which is why I said they were in the lead *at that point in time*.

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CBOSS

Is apparently "a transnational corporation and one of the world leaders in the development of innovative convergent IT solutions for end-to-end automation of telecommunications companies, delivering a competitive edge to telecoms across the globe.

"CBOSS Corporation offers a full range of equipment, systems and application software, professional services, including consulting, turnkey implementation, technical support, staff training and IT outsourcing, providing telcos with guaranteed operations quality while minimizing operational and capital expenditures.

"CBOSS supplies operators, service providers and MVNOs with all components of integrated IT infrastructure and/or services, as well as with full-scale outsourcing options, providing a reliable single point of responsibility."

Translated into English, they make the software that prints out phone bills.

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Re: CBOSS

How did you get "prints out phone bills" out of that little lot? I don't see anything in there that ties 'em down to actually doing anything specific at all.

If there were a world championship for Wankword Bingo they'd be gold medallists though...

I reckon that Bill looked 'em up and read that before writing "Nobody knows what CBOSS makes or does"[1], which would seem to be a pretty accurate summation of that guff to me.

[1] Including themselves by the look of it.

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Wow

My attention had disolved into a thousand yard stare before the end of the first paragraph. There's something about that horrible corporate bollocks speak (that never means anything anyway) that I just can't focus on. Who they think they're impressing with it is beyond me.

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Paris Hilton

Self-destruct in T-10 ... 9 8 7 ...

"while drawing up the ranks to take on Apple"

Yep ... which makes Apple's '30% share' attack on content providers all the more bizarre? A lesson in how to p1ss off everybody you need to partner to make money? What is Job's thinking? MWAHAHAHA me thinks as he chews his pinkie and strokes his pussy ...?

Without the operators or content providers, the Apple media and content business is but a bunch of empty servers sitting somewhere doing nothing! It really seems that the reality distortion field has kicked in and either somebodies ego is going to take a hammering in an about-turn or that self-destruct button is going to be pressed. (For the media side of the business - not 'i' devices!).

Yeah ... had to be Paris after the comment above ...

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FAIL

many have tried...

better have failed

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If CBOSS did something interesting

They wouldn't need the girls.

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Paris Hilton

so what?

Who cares? They have dancing girls.

Where's Paris when we need her?

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this is not a title

Yes but where's the proof that they dance? Video upload please....

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Not quite in sync...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX9wKN2lKiU

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CBOSS Stand

I always love passing the CBOSS stand for obvious aesthetic reasons, but can't help cringing at the blatant drooling of the saddos just hanging around there taking photos like they'd never seen a hot woman before.*

*Accepted that your photo was purely for journalistic purposes, obviously! :-)

Icon = visually impaired man on blue background, as apparently you'll go blind if you spend too long enjoying your photos of the CBOSS stand.

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