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Ilja Laurs预测2012年移动领域发展趋势

发布时间:2011-12-20 23:04:35 Tags:,

本文是独立应用商店GetJar创始人兼CEO Ilja Laurs对2012年移动领域发展趋势的看法。










Android平台一直存在分裂性问题。Honeycomb仅运行于平板电脑,再加上谷歌对Android施加的种种限制,许多公司都纷纷在Android平台的基础上换个包装推出自己的新产品。例如,亚马逊推出Kindle Fire平板电脑,以及最近盛传的Facebook手机。这种现象未来仍将持续涌现。

5.Windows Phone7获得支持

谷歌已经收购了Motorola Mobility,这个举动引起了众原始设备制造商(OEM)的恐慌。谷歌开始封闭Android平台之时,这种情况便开始对OEM造成威胁。为了谋得生存,这些OEM开始大力支持Windows Phone7的发展。而诺基亚也将大量生产Windows Phone 7手机。而一些运营商也将向竞争激烈的OEM领域加大投资,这意味着Windows手机还将获得更多支持。


如Skype和Google Talk等免费服务将提供一般用户所需要的通讯服务,而运营商将只能够经营一些移动网络以及与用户无直接关系的服务。




随着Android影响力的上升,它将危及一度高利润的智能手机硬件市场。另一方面,应用程序和移动服务的不断发展也创造了更强大的移动经济,并延长销售过后的用户终身价值及收益。封闭式平台供应商通过垄断从最有利可图的领域中获取利益,并向其他开发商收取抽成。他们也将开始补贴手机设备的销售以帮助自身平台更好地抵抗其它平台的竞争。例如,亚马逊通过以低于生产成本的价格销售Kindle Fire,便是这种策略的典型。











12 Predictions Regarding Mobile For 2012 And Beyond (Assuming The End Of The World Doesn’t Come)

GetJar found and CEO Ilja Laurs knows mobile. Having started GetJar in 2004 and then pivoting it into the world’s first app store, he has watched mobile titans rise (Apple) and fall (Blackberry). Every year he makes a list of his predictions for the coming year in the world of mobile. Here is his list of predictions for 2012. Agree? Disagree? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

Apple loses to Android 2012

iOS currently enjoys the #1 target platform for developers, but as Android smartphones and tablets start to heavily outnumber iPhones and iPads, developers will switch to Android as their first, and often only, choice.

Android explodes in the emerging markets, and destroys the feature phone market by 2013

The price of Android smartphones continues to drop almost daily, and soon prices in the $30-$50, range will all but kick feature phones out of the market. Most notably this will mean the end of Nokia’s domination in low end devices in emerging markets, their last bastion since losing the smartphone battle.

Google continues to restrict Android, and will close the platform by 2013

Once meant to be an open platform, Android will someday become closed. Already there isn’t much about Android that is open. Google controls the UI, services, and app distribution while restricting competing business models and technologies on top of imposing a 30% tax on developers. Now that Android has so much traction, the opportunity of running a closed platform is too lucrative for Google to ignore.

Android experiences a major fork that changes the entire ecosystem

Android has a forking problem. Honeycomb was only for tablets, and companies are putting skins on top of the Android OS left and right. Because of restrictions on Android imposed by Google, larger players will continue to fork Android to build their own silos. Amazon’s already doing that with the Kindle, and the rumored Facebook phone will do the same thing. As it becomes more of an issue, we’ll start to see more and more forks.

Windows Phone 7 gains traction

Google has already acquired Motorola Mobility, which is scary enough to OEMs. When Google starts to close Android, it will become a serious threat to OEMs. They will start hedging their bets to ensure their own survival, causing support for Windows Phone 7 to grow much stronger than before. On top of that, Nokia will finally start shipping large volumes of Windows Phone 7 phones. Carriers are also invested in more competition amongst OEMS, meaning even more support for Windows phones.

Carriers start lose ground on voice and text services, completely lose them by 2020

Over the long term, free services like Skype and Google Talk will provide all of the communication services needed by the average user. Carriers will only run data networks with little or no consumer facing services.

Carrier and OEM app stores lose traction and disappear by 2013

Carriers and OEMs lack the skill, resources and scale to truly reach a critical mass. Unable to come up with competing services, they will lose developers who will be followed by consumers. Google will accelerate the process by heavily discriminating against third party app distribution.

Platforms and OEM begin subsiding phones by 2015

As Android levels the market, it marginalizes once very high smartphone hardware profits. On the other end, the evolution of apps and mobile services allows for stronger economics and extends the lifetime income of each user past the point of sale, eventually shifting the margins from sale to post-sale. Closed platform providers are in a position to capture most of that value by creating monopolies for the most profitable segments and taxing the remaining ones. They will have a huge incentive to subsidize devices to accelerate platform adoption and attack competing platforms. Amazon is already running this strategy by selling the Kindle Fire for less than it costs to produce.

NFC payments will take off and become universal by 2015

As the penetration of NFC enabled devices reaches critical mass, merchants and users begin to adopt the technology really fast. Apple and Google are the frontrunners, but there are more than a few companies waiting in the wings, including Carriers and startups.

Paid apps continue to fade out

As apps become transition from content into media, selling apps makes as much sense as selling websites. A lot of small disposable, consumable apps that sell for a buck or two will continue to exist, but the majority of developers will continue to move into freemium and other complex business models.

The number of apps reaches 10 million and continues to grow

If you look at music, there are 100 million music tracks in the Gracenote database. The richness of the music industry is built on $25 billion in annual revenues. The app economy is expected to generate $30-50b annually in just the next 3 years, so there is quite a lot of room to grow for apps.

Mass migration to cloud

Gone are days when most users only used one PC. With the number of screens exponentially multiplying around us (phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, smart TVs, smart car navigations, etc.), the only way to keep up is by migrating all user data (photos, videos, emails, documents, address books, etc.) to the cloud. To mobile platforms, cloud services are a very powerful way to lock the user in by holding their data hostage.(source:getjar