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What Smartphone Makers Need To Do In 2014
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moonwatcher
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moonwatcher,
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12/28/2013 | 10:29:41 AM
I'm not so sure....
Why do you say they need to "innovate"? I'm not so sure they do. Phones might be rectangular plastic and glass "commodities"  but consumers LIKE them this way. The original corded telephone changed very little for 40 years for a reason: customer familiarity with how they worked. I'm not sure consumers will be thrilled having to learn all new button placements, worrying about "modules" that can be removed, or phones that don't look like phones. The rectangular plastic and glass phones continue to sell well and people upgrade on 24 month cycles just like the lemmings the industry wants, so why change a successful business model? Heck, people are loathe to change a known operating system once they are invested in it and instinctively know how to use it, hence the higher rankings of Android and iOS phones and Windows Phones coming in a distant third and the death of Blackberry...If anything, it is the CARRIERS that need to figure out ways to lower costs. The only "growth market" now would be enticing those of us who are not willing to fork over $1000 or more every year until we die just for the convenience of having a Smartphone to actually get one. And while the cost of the phone is part of that equation, it is the monthly or yearly charge from the carriers that we find insurmountable and simply not justifiable for the "bang for the buck". I'm one of those customers: Egads! One that does not have a Smartphone. Most people I know already do such as my niece who makes a bit more than minimum wage and at the end of the year wonders why she can't save any money, yet her "communication bill" is over $1000 - more if you count home internet, and her cable or dish TV (there goes another $1500 out of her potential savings every year). Anyway, back to the original article. Smartphones simply work because everyone knows how to use them to make calls. If in an emergency a poorly designed or differently designed one thwarted someone from making that 911 call in a timely manner, I would say the "standard" design needs to stay. Let them innovate in other ways...say 3-D HDTV photo and video capture, more voice activation, better displays, integration with Google Smartglass and other heads up displays, etc., and yes, Apple needs to make it easier for consumers to change their freaking batteries out,  any other way than by changing the form factor or button layouts. We'll see what manufacturers do, but the lesson learned by the one who strayed should be cautionary. I mean what exactly are YOU wanting to see?
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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12/27/2013 | 8:06:41 PM
3d printing
Wow... 3D printing to add modules on to your phone? Did I read that correctly?

Like any technology mobile devices need to advance and try new things. This is interesting.
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