18 October 2013

China’s Xiaomi Threatens Smartphone Giants Apple and Samsung

Within about 18 months, Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi may be selling in the US very good Android smartphones at very reasonable prices --

China’s Xiaomi Poses Threat to Smartphone Giants Apple and Samsung | TIME.com: " . . . the Beijing-based company has come out of nowhere this year to become the biggest threat to Apple, Samsung and other smartphone makers. That’s because Xiaomi designs its phones with high-end specs and sells them at midrange prices . . ."

Motorola hopes to tempt iPhone users to Moto X with iCloud migration tool | The Verge: " . . . The process, according to Motorola's help document, is relatively straightforward. Simply enter in your iCloud credentials, then your Google credentials, and your data will be transferred from one to the other. The service only appears to be offered to new customers who have completed the purchase process at Moto Maker. . . ."

Marketing to the Multi-Platform Majority - comScore, Inc: "Mobile commerce, or m-commerce, in the U.S. is growing at a rate of 30% year-over-year and is beginning to alter the retail landscape."

The Butterfly that Started the Apple Tsunami | LinkedIn: "On October 16th, 2003, Apple launched "the best Windows program ever" – iTunes for Windows. Back then Apple had a whopping 3.2% and declining US computer market share. The idea of Apple writing software for the PC was heresy inside of Apple. . . ."

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Slate Magazine (blog)

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CIO Today

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PC Magazine
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PC Magazine
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