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    Platform Wars: Battlefield Mobile

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    During the “platform wars” of the 1980s, tech companies duked it out over which computer operating system would emerge from a crowded field. Now there’s a new platform war being waged, but this time the battleground is mobile devices. The bad news for businesses looking to standardize on a winner: The most likely outcome is multiple survivors.

    Many businesses initially saw mobile devices as a way to check email and make calls on the go. But it’s become clear over the last few years that these devices are small computers, capable of accessing the Web and running software just like a PC. The software piece is the challenge for businesses: As in the PC world, software written for one platform doesn’t run on another.

    This isn’t really a problem for PCs, since just about every business runs Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system. But the mobile-device world is still fragmented: Many businesses use Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry, but hardware that runs Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system are gaining in popularity. Apple Inc. is storming onto the market with its iPhone and associated software, and Google Inc. is about to enter the field with its Android operating system for mobile devices. Operating systems from Palm Inc. and Nokia Corp.’s Symbian PLC are also popular.

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    looks like the ones I have
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    ^^ lol ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by dallas1125 View Post
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    We all know BB is going to take it all!
    Let's hope so. Be aware that money plays a BIG part in this competition in the long run. You can see what money can do in terms of the sales of millions of iPhones before the system is ready for it...and maybe it's ready itself.

    Many of you are too young to remember the VCR format shakeout - beta vs. VHS. Beta was by far the best format - the cassettes were smaller, it loaded faster, started/stopped (almost) immediately and (I couldn't prove this) the resolution was better than VHS...but only Sony and Zenith (I think) went with Beta and all the other guys went with VHS and poured money into it - guess who won?
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    Kinda like the holy war of blu ray and HD DVD? Except the better one won this time.

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