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May 25, 2017


Abdul Muis


Thanks, good info. I was wondering if all the indians brand (i.e micromax, lava, karbonn) are going south after their initial success?

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Hi Abdul

That is somewhat strange. I can fully understand that a few foreign but STRONG established brands can do well (at more the top end of price pyramid). Nokia Samsuing Motorola Lenovo. Also a few STRONG Chinese 'new brands' would make some sense in a global expansion distribution plan say Huawei and ZTE. what is bizarre that total newcomer brands like Vivo Oppo Xiaomi etc able to stal so much share from India domestic (strongly entrenched) brands like Micromax Karbonn etc.

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"I don't see any way Apple can turn this around any more."

You are in for a huge suprise then. (Well at least it will be suprise for you, but not for us.) So hold on to your seat very tightly so you don´t fall off.

Apple just had their dup dup dc and they just kicked the competition out off the arena.
(ARKit, VR with Metal 2, MLKit, ProMotion etc...)



So great. Another proprietary library is supposed to be Apple's savior.
I can outright tell you where this goes: There will be open competitors that are platform independent long before this stuff reaches critical mass and the playing field will be levelled again.
The main problem is the same as always: Developers have to reinvent the wheel to support both iOS and Android. And in the long run Apple will lose that game because their market share will slowly but surely decline.


Last time I checked this site, apps were supposed to be a dead end.

So how can providing new capabilities to apps help Apple? It's all worthless if it cannot be integrated into websites!

Abdul Muis

This year at VidCon, YouTube shared some new metrics that really drive home how much it’s dominating mobile video usage and how quickly its service is gaining viewers on TVs.

The highlight was the fact that there are now 1.5 billion logged-in users visiting the site every month. The distinction is important as there are undoubtedly still quite a few folks hopping on YouTube that aren’t necessarily using Google Accounts to do so.

The site announced it hit 1 billion monthly active users in 2013, though that number assumedly related to all visitors, logged-in and not.

Logged-in users spend an average of more than one hour per day watching YouTube just on mobile devices, a pretty daunting number that showcases just how pervasive video has gotten on the mobile web.

“When we compare that [metric] to TV, people — in some countries like the U.S. — watch up to four hours per day, so we think there’s lots of room to get people to watch even more YouTube,” CEO Susan Wojcicki said onstage.

On that note, the company said that the TV screen was their fastest growing medium of consumption, noting that the category was growing 90 percent year-over-year, something that the company’s new YouTube TV service is undoubtedly going to add to. The company didn’t have any new details to share on desktop video viewing habits.


@Abdul Muis:

"Logged-in users spend an average of more than one hour per day watching YouTube just on mobile devices, a pretty daunting number that showcases just how pervasive video has gotten on the mobile web."

I wonder how many of them are just watching music videos as a free means to listen to music. I do that a lot, actually.




I say the same as in my last post.
Apple is not doing themselves any favor here by using a proprietary API on a minority platform.
This already led many game developers to abandon the Mac as a target platform for games because it does not warrant writing another backend for it.

Many developers are actually quite angry that they are pulling a Microsoft stunt and instead of supporting open standards they do their own incompatible thing now.

Microsoft could do it with Direct3D because they had the market power and the competition (i.e. OpenGL) was weak and quite broken. But Apple has to compete against Vulkan which doesn't suffer from all those problems and works great on Windows, Linux and soon also on Android. So all they'll achive is to cause friction and that's not good.

One of the reasons Apple got to where they are is that their software was always good at implementing standard APIs so that the costly backend development could be shared between platforms. This was quite conductive towards getting broad support.

But with Tim Cook the only mission objective these days seems to be to separate themselves from mainstream software development. And this WILL hurt - sooner on macOS but ultimately also on iOS.


> Last time I checked this site, apps were supposed to be a dead end.

That is not what Tomi writes. He says that the app economy (trying to make money off selling apps) provides no viable income for almost all participants, except the store owners and a select few individuals.


This is the best information regarding smartphone. I am very happy to read this article.

Abdul Muis


If Gionee is the new kid on the block, then this is wrong:
8 (8) . . . Gionee . . . . . . . .9.6 M . . . 2.7% . . . . . . . ( 3.5% )

it should be:
8 (-) . . . Gionee . . . . . . . .9.6 M . . . 2.7% . . . . . . . ( )

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