Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Apple's Smartphone Competition Thins

The competition for turf fought over by iOS, Android, and the smoothly-named Windows Phone 7 has thinned with the apparent death of Microsoft's Kin platform.

After six weeks and under 10k units, we hardly knew ye ;-)

The unit, led by one-time MacBU manager Roz Ho, will be folded into MSFT's other phone OS unit and presumably decisions and coding will slow accordingly. Daring Fireball points out that the people under Roz Ho aren't just bad at making mobile products. However, Microsoft's acquisition of Danger as a strategy to get a high-quality mobile product was doomed from the outset by politics. The "Windows Everywhere" drones made sure that buying Danger for its superior software would go nowhere.

Do iOS and Android have anything to worry about?

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