The death knell for Nokia, Motorola and iPhone is spelt Chinese Android.

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A few weeks ago we ran an article about Microsoft being the most pirated software in the world as being an indicator for the success of the company.

ACTA was drafted to ensure that cheap “clone” copies of the world’s leading brands are not made by the East and dumped on the west undercutting the local manufacturers investment in their brand.

Chinese mobile phones were developed for the Chinese people in the first instance. The aim was to put a handset into the hands of every person in China.

With the average manufacturing price coming out at $17-$24, the Chinese “clone” handsets were affordable and subscriber numbers boomed.

To the extent, where on a worldwide basis, last year, Internet access via Mobile phones exceeded that of dial-up, ADSL and Cable subscribers.

The problem of course only arose when the “clones” were offered to the West complete with Windows mobile as the operating system.

Microsoft jumped up and down about their software being used for free on the Chinese “clones”.

A year is a lifetime in the technology world.

Windows mobile is no longer the OS of choice.

Google may have abandoned China, but the Chinese think-tanks have certainly not abandoned Google and Android is now available on a whole plethora of new phone offerings from the East.

Traditional phone manufacturers have to be careful how they implement “features” copied from other phone manufacturers.

Intellectual property is ignored largely by these manufacturers who use lawyers to draft the feature list to ensure that no patent claims are lodged.

Chinese manufacturers on the other hand haven’t quite bothered with this nicety.

They merely take the best of the features of all phones and churn out the new “clone”.

Which, surprise, surprise, surprise, is a clone no longer.

Want two standby Sims? Analogue TV ? Two earphone jacks for togetherness listening …. A real 3” screen, front and back cameras, video and still photography?

The Odyssey AU$120.88 or for 20 or more for AU$104.52 each

Chinese Odyssey Mobile Phone

At that price, you could afford to lose half a dozen before equaling the current cost of comparable leading “brandname” phones.

This particular phone runs the Nucleus [pdf file] RTOS OS from Oregon (USA) based Mentor Graphics.

Which according to Wikipedia,  boasts a Nucleus install base of over 1.6 billion mobile devices, as of mid-February, 2010.  (Our story on MS-Dos/win-95, XP etc quoted Microsoft as selling only 1,5-2 billion operating systems all up.).

That certainly puts Mentor Graphics in the top three of mobile operating systems.

However, we have been informed that Chinese vendors are readying the next generation Odyssey and it [and it's cousins] will all be loaded with Android.

DIGITAL DIVIDE

per capita

Industrialized

World

Emerging

World

Total
Banking account unique holders 950,000,000 79% 1,250,000,000 22% 2.2 B
Internet users incl PC, shared & mobile 775,000,000 63% 925,000,000 17% 1.7 B
Mobile phone subscriptions 1,600,000,000 3,000,000,000 4.6 B

Source: Tomi Ahonnen’s 2010 Phone Almanac

According to Comscore in the USA, the most popular phone in February this year was the Blackberry, followed by the iPhone with Android near the bottom but growing fast.

Top Smartphone Platforms
3 Month Avg. Ending Jan. 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Oct. 2009
Total U.S. Age 13+
Share (%) of Smartphone Subscribers
Oct-09 Jan-10 Point Change
Total Smartphone Subscribers 100.0% 100.0% N/A
RIM 41.3% 43.0% 1.7
Apple 24.8% 25.1% 0.3

Source: ComScore MobiLens

American coverage is still spruiking the Blackberry RIM OS.

The Blackberry holds the lead because of it’s adoption across the business world. Instant emails, wherever is an important business tool – fifteen years late, but nevertheless, a handy option if your business life depends on rapid communications in writing.

However the nextgen phone users may be changing all that, with facebook updates, Tweets, and simple SMS taking over from email as the preferred method of what passes these days as deep and meaningful conversation.

“Wanna hook-up l8tr?”  does not require the RIM operating system.

And – have you seen this yet ? http://bit.ly?someaddress will work on any phone OS browser. Very Gay!

Twitter and sms have supplanted normal communications and created a windfall for the telecommunication companies.

Developers though are choosing sides and whilst application developer’s currently prefer the iPhone OS, unilaterally there is a move towards the Android platform for longer term projects.

Major name manufactuers are also following suite…

Android Smartphones

According to a recent international study by British Telecom, “Western business is not fully prepared for the imminent impact of emerging markets.  While more than six out of ten (64 per cent) directors of large American, British, French and German corporations accept that emerging economies will “reshape” the global business landscape, many seem to have only a rudimentary knowledge of their business environments.

Even though a clear majority (61 per cent) of respondents admit it is “crucial” their business is able to work with the economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – the so-called ‘BRICS’ nations – to succeed in the long term, many of them demonstrate worrying ignorance of the realities of those countries

http://www.itu.int/ituweblogs/treg/ct.ashx?id=e595ae2f-02fb-4f19-b95f-33a55bbe2e95&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.bt.com%2fglobal%2fcollaboration%2fBRICS%2f

With Chinese phone factories (preferring the FREE Android operating system) churning out an estimated 400,000 phones per month, it will not be long before there will be two types of non-business related (RIM) phones in the world.

iPhones (24% of the population) and everyone else with Android. As iPhone users learn what the Android users can do with their “unlocked” non-proprietary operating system phones, the iPhone population will decrement accordingly.

References:

Comscore Phone Platforms Data

http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2010/3/comScore_Reports_January_2010_U.S._Mobile_Subscriber_Market_Share

Growth in North America key for RIM as Apple, Android phones appeal to consumers

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/life/sci_tech/international-growth-expected-for-rim-but-north-american-consumer-growth-key-97003369.html

Building Business With BRICS,  http://www.globalservices.bt.com/static/assets/pdf/white_papers/builiding_a_business_with_brics_new_en.pdf


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