23 November 2008

The battle for the smart-phone's soul

Not all is doom and gloom in the mobile-phone industry. On the contrary, it is going through two important shifts that promise to generate much growth and profit in the years to come. Sales of "smart" phones - those that allow you to surf the internet, download music and use other data services, as well as make calls and send text messages - are booming. Second, and more important, as handsets get smarter the nature of the industry will change. It will be less about hardware and more about software, services and content. More will be spent this year on such intangibles than on the handsets themselves and a fierce battle between operating systems for handsets has broken out.