Sunday, November 25, 2007

Obvious: Users & Google will benefit even if Android fails

Frank Hayes of Computerworld writes that users and Google will ultimately benefit even if Android is not such a great success. In the column titled Android Will Change the Game, Even if It Fails, he says that the very presence of Android in the market will force other players to innovate and offer a better web browsing experience on cell phones. Result: Google has more opportunities to serve up its ads and users will get a better mobile experience. Right? Right. I like and respect Frank's sensible columns. So, I shall refrain from any crude Captain Obvious jokes.

Frank fills the rest of the column space by drawing parallels with the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, which announced a $100 laptop. The price climbed up to $200 by the time the laptop made it to the market. Nevertheless, since the first OLPC announcement, other players have started to offer low-end, low-cost laptops in the sub-$400 and even sub-$250 price range.

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