Analyst View: Qualcomm’s potential hybrid AI revolution

Qualcomm had a coming-out party for their new AI technology that includes a series of new smart Snapdragon parts with built-in AI capability for smartphones and connected devices. They also surprised with the announcement of their Cloud AI 100 simulator. Both of these things are interesting by themselves but, together, they have the potential to … continue reading

Analyst Watch: Will RAZR design cut into Apple’s lead?

Cell phone designs in its first years were incredibly fluid, with only one real constant — users, for whatever reason, hated screen phones.  They were hard to type on, operating systems were a mess, there were no real apps, and they were comparatively expensive. One of the first powerful successes was the Motorola RAZR, which … continue reading

Analyst View: The advantages of Moto Z

I’ve been carrying the Moto Z from Motorola for several weeks now and I’m really falling in love with the modular aspects of this phone. I firmly believe that we have been focused too much on making these things thin, which has made them harder to hold, done ugly things to battery life and thermals, … continue reading

Analyst View: Three “killer apps” for next-gen mobile

Often it isn’t one thing that brings about a technology revolution but a blending of elements. 5G, mixed reality, and AI are about to dramatically change both how we interact with computers not only revolutionize human/machine interaction but blur the lines between what constitutes imagination and reality. Let’s talk about this coming technological revolution and … continue reading

Analyst Watch: Smartphone sales mirror PC declines

According to Gartner, smartphone sales have moved into decline seeming to mirror the trend in PCs. I think the reason for both declines is the massive reduction in demand generation in the segment. For PCs it was the result of Microsoft and Intel cutting back sharply on their marketing efforts along with the PC OEMs. … continue reading

Analyst Watch: When smartphones become obsolete

Like all technologies, smartphones are transitory.  They came up from a blending of two-way pagers, PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants), MP3 Players (like the iPod), and have recently been taking over much of the space once occupied by tablets — which had a surprisingly short run as the “it” product.  We are starting to give wearables … continue reading

Analyst Watch: Picking the strongest product partner

When HP split into HPE and HP Inc. the smart money seemed to be on HPE. That was where the CEO that architected the deal was and were most of the growth seemed to be largely because “everyone” knew that PCs were dead. But HP has been growing the laptop computer and printer segment significantly … continue reading

Analyst View: Motorola’s strategy for a slowing smartphone market

Perhaps it is because Motorola is owned by Lenovo, or perhaps it is simply because there is some cross-pollination between PC and smartphone companies now, but of the smartphone vendors, Motorola is the only one aggressively applying a strategy out of the PC space. When the PC segment hit a wall, the experienced companies moved … continue reading

Analyst View: When sales slow: Dealing with a market collapse

It is getting to be far less stressful to not read the news than to read it. While much of this for me is the very strange election between two largely unelectable folks, there is also the shadow of collapsing markets in tablets, PCs, and even smartphones. Fixing this would require massive changes to Apple, … continue reading

Analyst Watch: Next-gen wireless charging

We’ve had inductive charging in the market for some time, and it never really rose to meet expectations. You needed near-exact placement, there were multiple standards that didn’t interoperate, and the solutions generally didn’t generate enough power for fast charging. But that is all about to change. Last month I met with WiTricity CEO Alex … continue reading

Analyst View: The anticipated birth of iGlass

There was an interesting note put out by Gene Munster, the financial analyst most famous for being very prophetic with regard to Apple. He argues that Apple’s moves toward virtual reality, mixed reality and a 3D interface show that it is planning to make the iPhone obsolete. Your iPhone isn’t at risk now, but we … continue reading

Analyst View: 2016: The year smartphones revolted

Here we are at the beginning of another new year and already we are hearing rumblings that the smartphones we have are about to become obsolete. Given this happens every year, we are likely taking this in stride. We really shouldn’t, though, because this year phones are likely to make huge moves due to the … continue reading

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