Re: Smart Phones Myth
Isn't it simply the fact that the Intel and Microsoft monopoly pricing of operating system and processor/chipset has become untenable with the rise of Android/OSX/iOS/Linux and ARM processors? I remember when a decent Compaq Windows laptop cost about £4000+VAT and the operating system was a tiny proportion of the cost. Intel and Microsoft are still trying to charge monopoly money (in every sense) for their PC components but the proportion of the cost absorbed by processor/chipset and operating system has grown by an order of magnitude rendering the PC platform uncompetitive and unattractive when consumers can choose to use smart TVs, tablets, media players, smartphones or old PCs to do what only a new PC could have done cost-effectively a few years ago. Companies like Dell and HP, who made good profits by hanging onto the Wintel monopoly for decades are being annihilated in the market but are incapable of doing anything else as the products are rendered uncompetitive by Microsoft and Intel's prices and their own lack of innovation and investment in R&D, itself a result of the Wintel monopoly. Unless some killer applications come along that forces the use of Intel processors and Windows, I can't see the situation changing any time soon.