Will Apple’s iPhone Also Go The BlackBerry Way?

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 13, 2014

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This year’s Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas was attended by about 150,000 people, most of them being techies, decision makers or early adopters of technology. One would expect such a geeky population to be carrying more iPhones, but it seems this year there were more people using large-format Android phones instead, observes a report on Business Insider.

“The fact that many attendees appeared to be using Android devices - or at least non-iPhone devices - for mobile communications at CES ought to worry Apple,” says the report.

“There is an assumption that most tech bloggers are Apple fanboys and girls,” writes tech blogger Jim Edwards, “Yet when I got in line to see the big Samsung keynote address on Day 1 of the show, the crew from one of Business Insider’s more annoying rival publications were all using Android.”

A possible reason for this could be the fact that Samsung had had flown in hundreds of its employees for the conference, where as Apple doesn’t do anything of the sort.

However, Edwards points out that there are some obvious advantages that Samsung’s Galaxy and other Android devices offer. Apart from the bigger size, which makes it easier to view emails and text, Android devices are seamlessly integrated with Google apps, mail etc.

Like iPhone, BlackBerry had also become an instant rage with the business users when it was first launched. Its user-friendly keyboard and email advantages made it soar high on the popularity charts, until the market got flooded with many other user-friendly smartphones that offered much more besides email.

Edwards narrates his plight of using the iPhone at CES, “I had the temerity to use Google’s calendar app instead of Apple’s. Repeatedly, my iPhone asked me to sign back in to Google Calendar with a code sent in a text message to prove who I was. iPhone’s iOS system doesn’t support cookies. So Google apps that depend on cookies are constantly “forgetting” who you are on iPhone, triggering those annoying texts.” And to add to that, there are other compatibility issues that caused delays in sending text to Android phones.

When the iPhone was introduced in the market, users had mainly two choices: the Nokia feature phone with a tiny screen and BlackBerry’s Qwerty phone which also had a small screen. Therefore, iPhone’s big touchscreen immediately caught the fancy of users. Now the Android phones, which offer a bigger screen and typing keys, are fast gaining popularity. If history repeats itself, Apple could also go the BlackBerry way, believes Edward.

Time to take a cue from the early warning signs, Mr Cook!