Last week, Apple garnered the majority of the media attention with their September 1 press event. While the event was really focused around the iPod/iTouch product line, Apple did release an update to their iOS operating system. While doing so, Jobs slipped in that Apple is activating 230,000 new iOS devices (iPhones, iTouches, iPads) per day. His comments were a jab at Google, implying that Android was counting more than new activations in the 200,000 daily Android activations they announced. Google responded that their numbers are only new activations and likely under counted. Really now, Google and Apple need to stop focusing their energy on crowing about numbers and stay focused on serving their customers. While entertaining, I find these arguments to be childish. It’s time that both companies acknowledge that they are fierce competitors and just move on.
Both companies really should be more concerned about potential new competitors. One such company is Huawei, the largest telecom equipment manufacturer in China. Huawei is releasing smartphones into the US market and is working on some very interesting concept phones (see video below from Andoid and Me). I have experienced working with Huawei firsthand in a previous career, and they are very aggressive when entering a market and determined to win, at any cost. With Huawei entering the market, all the current major players – Nokia, Apple, HTC, Samsung and Motorola – need to pay close attention to Huawei’s next move. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them get very aggressive here in the US and Europe with their smartphone offerings, particularly on price. Make note of the name . Huawei’s first smartphones should show up on T-mobile later this year.
Finally, for those who like green initiatives, one innovative person came up with a new way to charge a cell phone – by hamster! I’ve seen phones that use solar to charge, or movement, but this is the first time I’ve seen a phone charged by hamster. Who knows if it’s real or not, but it sure makes for an entertaining video.