iPad market share

April 15, 2012

This is the chart from IDC with the recent predictions about iPad market share, which everyone has been talking about. Many dismiss it as a total crap, because it assumes that the tablet market (which includes sub-tablets like Kindle Fire) will only double in 4 years. To put it into perspective, take a look into the growth from 2010 to 2011.

However, another big reason this forecast is wrong is the impact Wintel. First, Intel will introduce their 22nm Atom chips this year, and they will start appearing in smartphones and tablets. Remember Motorola 68000 family? PowerPC G family? Probably not. That’s because Apple stopped using them and replaced with Intel chips. Cell processor? Say good buy to it, because new Sony PlayStation will use an x86 chip. That’s pretty much what’s going to happen with ARM eventually. Second, Microsoft is going to have its Windows 8 ready and start pushing it to the new phones and tablets. While anyone can theoretically take Intel chips and create new tablets for any OS, it’s been always Windows that Intel favored.

So, Intel will provide a hardware platform, Microsoft will provide a tablet-optimized OS, is there going to be anybody willing to buy Wintel tablets? Enterprises. They respected RIM for secure devices, but it’s a given that it has no future. They don’t like iPads because it’s an environment totally controlled by Apple. They hate Android because it is completely uncontrolled and unmanaged. Everyone is used to having a Microsoft-based infrastructure. “You can’t get fired for buying from Microsoft” is the enterprise mantra our days.



Free mobile apps are also less secure

April 8, 2012

Not only free mobile apps are killing your battery with their ads, they also a significant security threat. A new research reveals out that the third-party ad libraries used in the free apps are likely to expose the phone to security threats: “Our study has so far uncovered a number of serious privacy and security risks from existing in-app ad libraries on the popular Android platform... Such threats range from collecting unnecessarily intrusive user information to allowing third-party code of unknown provenance to execute within the hosting app. Since Android’s permissions model cannot distinguish between actions performed by an ad library and those performed by its hosting app, the current Android system provides little indication of the existence of these threats within any given app, which necessitates a change in the way existing ad libraries can be integrated into host apps.

In other words, a typical ad-powered Android app is a Trojan horse waiting to be exploited.