Rob Enderle over at TechNewsWorld.com has an interesting piece up today where compares and contrasts Google’s Android project with Microsoft starting up the PC business in the 80’s. He also goes on to talk how the game will change in 2008.
Apple has what is currently the most popular smartphone that has ever existed in the consumer space and RIM the most popular single vendor platform in the business space.
At this point, no single vendor owns the smartphone space across all segments, and smartphones as a class are a small fraction of overall cell phone sales. This is about to change. At the recent Phoenix Technology Strategy 2008 conference, which is attended by PC companies, the consensus of the forward-looking analyst panel was that smartphone-like devices are likely to replace PCs in many segments, and may be the platform that dominates from the get-go in emerging markets.