Mobile Is Eating The World
Benedict Evans is quickly becoming my favorite Internet analyst. I follow his blog and twitter religiously. This slideshare he posted a few weeks ago is an example of his excellent work:
Benedict Evans is quickly becoming my favorite Internet analyst. I follow his blog and twitter religiously. This slideshare he posted a few weeks ago is an example of his excellent work:
gr8 presentation. ty. But, what is your opinion on facebook bein compared to apple, amazon?
I think there have been enough rumours of a “facebook phone” to show that Zuck’s interest lies beyond the immaterial of social.
Immaterial of social?
Intangible, rather than inconsequential 🙂
Sorry,,,still don’t get it.Social is neither immaterial or inconsequential.Social on mobile not as a gateway in but as a platform in itself..that’s what Facebook needs to think about.
Physical, rather than online.Hardware rather than a software function.I believe that Facebook know the simplest way to tie people into their ecosystem is a dedicated personal platform.
Thnx, don’t see it this way.Huge believer in the pent up power of Facebook. Firmly convinced that their rather pointed nudging of the masses on their platform shows that they know what they have but don’t have much of an idea of what to do with it.
I agree completely. FB are embedded on everyone’s desktop / messaging / alerts but FB don’t know how to convert that yet. FB need to be more immediately relevant to live events. Where were FB with the Turkish demonstrations? Twitter and Tumblr stole the show.
Yup, everyone is there. Everyone questions why. Everyone comes back.They are completely clueless about how to ride their own massive wave.
Which I think is a function of how bad FB still is at mobile. Drop a device with it embedded into protestor’s hands, however and it’ll get greater penetration (imho)
Mobile is also eating attention span ==> relationships ==> humanity
Hah, I think we’re doing that to ourselves…and I think there will be advantage for those who are actually paying attention to the world as it unfolds. (Whoa, cynical thought for the day.)
attention is the scarcest thing
Once we spend it, we never get it back.
they aren’t making any more of it
Whoever said that attention is the new currency, is correct.
Good point!After all the noise settles out isn’t utility always the main driver of human attention given its core survival-stratagy status?
I see a lot people kicking around the idea of Peek Attention as in Peek Oil ?Attention does have a rather biologically fixed upper limit even when extended by cyber-gear or maybe thats just me not being able to see over the event horizon of my aged perspective?
i think attention is like stamina. Some people are just wired to cut through all the noise and come out with something on the other side.
True and other people have to work hard at it, but ultimately it’s possible to improve IF you want to.
only if you let it. i meet more people than ever, face to face, thanks to mobile. i realize others misuse it, as always happens with technology.
A couple of days ago I overheard a couple having a dispute because he had not answered fast enough in Whatspp. And she could see that he was connected. It felt weird.
that phone, just sitting there…that paper and ink … just sitting there …that coal and stone wall …
Damnit, I was so worried about big brother… I now have to worry about my wife?
The NSA cud make a killing by providing a real time status service 🙂
I don’t care for timestamps on received messages and online status for messaging apps precisely because of this.
Having the option to be visible or invisible is a nice feature, and one I appreciate with Skype. It should be a standard setting option on more services.
we have had this issue to deal with since BBM launched
I meet more and more people that start as web connections for certain.Mobile as the connector, how so?
this conversation for example
Not for me. This community sits on top of the conversational thread and the plumbing is Disqus.And today, Disqus and mobile are not a comfortable match.When they are, yes, I agree.
disqus on mobile (IOS at least) is hard hard work. verging on infuriating.
Yup…the conversational structure for mobile is texting for me. Insane but true.
On the browser too?
makes sense.related: blogger totally fails on mobile. g+ feels like the brand dna of tumblr/instagram/facebook all smashed together.
I don’t get g+.Sure I get why Google built it. And why some companies feel obligated to use it to boost natural search rankings.But I don’t personally get it or use it much. Soulless to me. I guess it has dna but I can’t feel its pulse.
“Soulless to me. I guess it has dna but I can’t feel its pulse.”exactly this
It’s the new version of internet forums.
Twitter has a good mobile experience
yes yes it does
Connecting to places and connecting to people are not the same for me.I use Google maps constantly. I discover stuff all the time. Never a new friend.
it would be harder for me to meet friends and see them spontaneously without google maps
That is a really great points. I discover places but am not looking for people on foursquare or google maps
do you meet more people because of mobile or because of the web?
i feel like the two are related and work in a synergistic fashion — i.e. i can use facebook on mobile and web. i guess mobile is more important though
got it. I was trying to distinguish just that .. was meeting those people enabled by something inherently web (like the community on this blog) or something inherently mobile – GPS + cell network + smart phone enables a behaviors that allow you to meet more people.
Mobile, because it lets me do my work away from my desk so I can go out and meet people in meatspace
in defence of the glass half full perspectivemaybe in the long runMobile is also assimilating/extending attention span ==> relationships ==> humanityI must be in an uncharacteristically positive mood today?
i have even noticed that with myself. Someday, are we going to pay money to go to the movie theatre and watch a series of vine videos?
no – what i think is that we’ll see more socially accetpable “digital off” time
Won’t change anything if I can simply pick up a paper or book. *shrug*
Time is a relative thing. Some clever person’s graffiti on a wall:
I’ll tell this to my body and report back on whether aging has stopped.
that’s change. embrace it.
Not one I chose to embrace at all. Intend to fight this with exercise, nutrition, new challenges as my weapons.I’ll lose and enjoy the process.
my only comment on that is – wow that is a narrow right lane… they ought to move the yellow line a little 🙂
LOL. I wonder what country that could be in.
lanes don’t exist…
yup. i think its a zero sum game though. it also produces relationships and humanity too.
Here’s the thing with that, I’ve always hungered to be plugged into data. Before the internet was born you could find me reading literally all the time from the encyclopedia to any magazine/newspaper/book that I could find. The rise of computers gave me easier access to that information and then the internet…even easier.Mobile screens don’t eat my attention span any more than a book would and that’s where my nose would be if I didn’t have internet on my phone. Certain people are just predisposed to this sort of thing and the internet just made it easier for them, it didn’t create them.
I *love* “the four horsemen”.
John Doerr thinks amazon is entrenched, but GOOG could blow it (other search engines being only one click away). encouraging.
the world is eating mobiledesktop was the stodgy starter
Thanks Fred and Benedict. Great slideshow.
he’s great.I continue to questions google’s relationship with android, and what actually that means…..
Nice looking time series on slide 20. Note the multiplicative seasonality.Slide 22 is a bit misleading as Facebook is merely a parasite. (Tempted to say has-been parasite, but not ready to commit to a bowl of claim chowder. Yet.)
I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees FB this way. Their model is to exploit without (genuinely) giving to, or protecting, the user. I refer to FB as malware, but obviously others disagree or don’t care.
why do you say facebook is a parasite
parasite |ˈparəsʌɪt| nounan organism which lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the other’s expense.
So much more potential. I don’t think those 4 horsemen will be the same 4 horsemen a few years from now; the landscape changes very quickly.
Entirely agree. I think Amazon is a shoo-in; the others lie elsewhere on the distribution, with FB as tail end Charlie.
The interesting news from yesterday for me was Amazon’s increasing revenues from selling ads ads against produce searches. I summarized here:http://takingpitches.com/20…
Interesting. Impressive YOY growth too.
a friend of mine who is a wholesaler and looking to build a direct to retail component as well — largely via amzn, of course — was talking about this the other day. he said amzn has been extremely effective advertising for him. i think i am going to try it soon.
Amazon’s ad revenues are definitely rising and the next thing to watch carefully.
i’m not surprised in the slightest- amazon is almost the last point of contact before buying – but what if the product isn’t quite right
The whole “Apple & Android have won” thing hurts my brain every time I see it. Just like Microsoft and that desktop software won. Just like Facebook won….There is a ton of great info to get out of the pres, but statements like that kill me, because if we’ve learned anything from Apple’s rise, or Facebook’s, etc etc, it is that no one ever wins. Staying on top of a market or vertical for a long period of time (multiple years) is now a significant challenge. Extracting as much profit and intelligently reinvesting or making the right bets would be a big win.The doors never close and the game is never over. In fact, the rounds just get shorter.
I hope you are right!But eco-system lock in seems more like natual language lock in.Its is a lot of work to change tracks.
Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple = AGFAHow many possible acronyms from these 3 letters in 4 placeholders? 😉
Ha, good old AGFA. I was trained a photographer.
I’ve long heard, “You’ll hopefully get bought by GEMAYANI”: GoogleeBayMicrosoftAmazonYahooAOLNews CorpIAC
Good one. That beats the old BUNCH: Burroughs UnisysNCRCDCHoneywell
Good to know of that one, too.I wonder if there are even older acronyms for, say, the railroad cartels or the Dutch tulip titans.
LUMA published the Strategic Buyer lumascape with 350 companies that have the financial power to buy others.
yep. I’ve met Terrance before (Luma founder) and am envious of his business.
Yes, Terry is the man. They are pumping those Lumascapes one after another and claiming 100K’s downloads.
Here’s one from the English colonial days: POSH = Port Out, Starboard Homehttp://www.phrases.org.uk/m…
the honeywell being on this list makes me laugh (washers and dryers is what I think of when I think of honeywell)
You should think “heat recovery”, “energy management” (though some will argue that one), and “thermostats”, for Honeywell, Shana. 🙂
They used to be into mini-computers too.
And now they are reduced to suing Nest.
Oh no. I wasn’t aware of that. They do own the thermostat market more or less.
i know, but minicomputers are technology older than me, i think
No inclusion of Yahoo! – though they have potential now.
Agreed. I was just repeating the 4 in the slides. Markets are never so simple.
good callback ..well played 🙂
Or TAFGA if you add Twitter.
Or FATGAY if you include Yahoo as well
Your creativity is shining!
Yes, him and these guys http://techpinions.com/ are my favorites right now. (And still on Google Reader)
He’s great – discovered him a couple of months ago.
Now that we all carry a computer in our pocket, mobile is the future of customer interaction.In this, offline apps that are most interesting. Offline apps are all free. They reap huge revenues per customer (way more than 0.23cents per user per app today). They act as remote controls for our physical world. Press and button, and services happen. They are Über, spotify, hotel tonight, hailo, Netflix, Airbnb, skype etc. The business model shift is that the customer’s credit card is attached to the app, and not the app store. 1-click for all.
To the app or to the phone? Your phone is (or should be) the wallet.
Should be I agree. Is, not yet.
Native apps (today)
Ok, sure mobile is growing fast, but how many people are like me and HATE mobile sites. I’m using a smartphone for crying out loud and I can navigate the site just as well as I can on a computer. I seriously loath smart phone websites, they are always dumbed down versions of the full site and I have to find that little link to get into the full site and find the actual content I want.Sure, all the experts are telling us to build mobile sites, but how many people truly want that?
I do hate mobile browsing in general. When I wanto to do a lot I always end in my laptop. I read a lot in the phone, but it’s usually stories I save into Pocket when I’m on the computer and then retrieve them on the phone when I have time.
yes, but I find mobile searching to be super important
there are no 4 horseman. its a 2 horse race between goog and amzn. their only real threat is a startup that probably isnt born yet or is small enough to be off most radars. apple’s days have always been numbered because they have a hits business model (i.e. keep pumping out pretty boxes) rather than a network business model that becomes more entrenched with each innovation. social networking does not scale as well as fb would like to think, and in scenarios that it does google will win in the long run via google+. yahoo is a better fourth horseman than fb, as is msft (which of course owns part of fb).mobile’s growth trajectory will be altered by peak bandwidth (for which the only final solution is completely spectrum deregulation, what i call “spectrum anarchy”) and by the rise of “infrastructure computing” — touchscreen computers embedded in physical stuff in the world around us. i.e. tablets in stores to assist consumers.
Writing off Facebook is a mistake.I think they are completely clueless about how to ride what they have but they are sitting on something way more powerful, love it or not, then themselves.
all the big social networks have great stuff, but i’m very skeptical of their ability to monetize it well. niche social networks will monetize social networking better; google and amazon will monetize data better. all the while, the relationship with their users will become increasingly difficult to manage.
True…I’ve been using and disgusted with FB since early. I’ve written them off for clients projects, then find veins of amazing power.As horribly primitive their infrastructure is for communications there are some vast communities that are entrenched and aren’t moving to any of the vertical niche nets.There’s a sleeping giant here that I wouldn’t bet against waking.
It maybe underdeveloped communications-infrastructure but it provides simple one stop text/pics/video/ social interaction and exchange for the technophobe masses.Maybe ultra slow osmotic stepwise improvements in communications-infrastructure utility turns out, in fact, to be the most practical way to pied-piper the masses into the promise land of cyber-space potential?To technorati folks their ultra slow osmotic stepwise improvements may seem poorly planned and executed but considering their audience they may be doing a better job of running their experiment than we can appreciate from the outside looking in.
You are making a technorati/lemming mass market segmentation of the world here.Remind me what three products are made for the technorati that are made as the single product of a billion dollar company?And remember–the technorati at work writing code are the mass market when it comes to loving Game of Thrones,
I totally agree. They have created this incredible web of understanding relationships between people and so far they have done nothing interesting with it.
An easy start would be a commenting system that worked, that was searchable, storable and shareable.It completely bites yet conversations happen and in some groups there are strings hundreds of comments long. Completely indecipherable.Disqus on FB honestly (and crazily) would be a powerful combo!
They’ll have to wait for Disqus to implement that, and then copy them.
I have nothing against copying. I care about utility that just works. Everyone is copying everyone else especially around behavior links. It’s only boring or wrong when it doesn’t work.
P.S. I don’t want Facebook owning Disqus. That would be bad for the internet.
The internet polices itself through evolution and will continue to do so.Tech doesn’t rule, people do. We vote with our attention and it changes to our will over time.
Some would argue that it’s actually Dolphins that rule -> http://www.anti-dolphin.org…
yeah…with a killer ‘search’ thrown in that combo as well 🙂
Search on Facebook is non existent. Basically when something of value is discussed I simply cut the comments and put it in a homemade CMS system.Too weird but yup, that’s what I do as I have a penchant against asking for info twice and hate searching for stuff that should be but isn’t easy to find.
now that’s a thought…It floors me when blogs use FB as their commenting system. What are they thinking???
They are emulating the click language from “The Gods Must Be Crazy obviously!
Arnold, I agree with you.While I’m not a fan of FB, my take is that they operate much like Big Tobacco of the ’60s and ’70s instead of like flickr pre-Yahoo!. If they did a complete culture/model shift to protecting users, providing FOR users, they would rise several tiers in my opinion, giving them an enormous and more defensible advantage. But their model of exploitation holds them back in many ways imho, including, but not limited to: adoption rates; return of users who don’t trust them now; and design of useful services and experiences which contribute to loyalty and growth.
They do a lot of stupid things.They’ve also done the impossible and changed the world as we know it.But…they are just getting started if they get as creative in their thinking and as open in their relationships with me, the content, as they are with the data that I provide them.
I definitely agree that they’ve “made their mark” if you will, and “changed the world as we know it”. It’s just so interesting to see what they’ve accomplished and consider where they could go if they’d not operate as they do now.You provide them data, but I provide them almost none. I have an account (partly for control of the name-use, and partly for other reasons). I have turned off subscriptions to anything, yet due to my lack of logging-on, they spam me every day with updates to various people’s profiles and such. I have reset privacy settings many, many times and they continue to reset them to looser settings (friends of friends report seeing things they should not, so I have to reset again). This I believe only occurs to those of us who don’t log in often. To me, they are malware, but with the potential to be something special. (No, I don’t think they are now “special” in that they are missing the big opportunities for now. But of course what they’ve achieved to this point is very significant.)
Facebook has two critical uses for me:1. My own and clients businesses. Every business needs to decide whether it has value, how much and how to make it work for them. And it does really well at times.2. Some niche communities. For whatever reason, my international wine community (my hobby) exists there big time with the group almost 8000 members. They just ain’t moving. They are why I log in.
Thanks. We agree on this, Arnold. There is a place for FB (obviously). It’s interesting that it’s become more of business “alternate spam platform” in that its being used by the likes of NBC News, Target, and such (“like us on facebook and we’ll…). Meanwhile I no longer hear anyone say “friend me on facebook” or “I’ll friend you on facebook”. Of course such connections are still made, but it’s now “corny” to say such things. And with the wide-reaching recommendations they provide, personalization and intimacy are vastly diluted as the noise increases.Facebook has much to leverage, even in the U.S. Their appeal is obvious to me in the developing world, esp. S.E. Asia in terms of my own observations. But that said, they run the risk of giving up quite a bit if they don’t step back and look at what they have and what the could _offer_. Still, they could do worse than becoming “just” a business promotion and exchange platform. 😉
Promoted posts as a form of content publishing is duh—the content is good and the network well curated–works exceptionally well.Like all community/social nets, some things work well there somethings not.For another client, Instagram has become a monster community where people are walking into retail and asking for the product. Quite amazing.
Right. And it great that you’re guiding your clients to use different services/platforms for different goals and audiences. (I’d expect nothing less of you. 🙂
Thanks!Working with some younger markets where the community is not just net native but mobile native has challenged me to my core and made me a more open thinker.And my personal projects which are tied to the street and retail has shown me how primitive the web is at all as a service to real foot traffic in terrestrial businesses. Humbling and speaks to the fact that we are at the very very beginning of learning how to market at the intersection of a digital runway to a still very much analog world.
we are at the very very beginning of learning how to market at the intersection of a digital runway to an analog world.So true.
Like the digital runway
There’s an interesting article on Medium claiming that Facebook Sharing is failing. It’s worth a read as it makes some good points. https://medium.com/a-progra…Quote: “We need to go back to smaller communities. Where people aren’t lost in the mediocre averages of large networks.”
I saw that, William, but had not read it yet. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll check it out.I agree with the quote, at least on its surface. I participate in a few communities online – none are truly “small” but each feels intimate and connected. I’m hoping that more and more of us will move towards more sincere interaction and less trivial nonsense, but of course, I’m naive. 😉
Hey WilliamI do tire of pundit speak like this quote from the Medium at times. It’s interesting. Directionally true of course. Not really very original. And oh so confusing to the market of businesses trying to simply build a community.My bet is that you as a business advisor would not tell your client to abandon their FB page and strategy and head off on a walkabout to find the perfect niche somewhere over the rainbow;))The world is pining for real advice that is both strategically smart and practically actionable.
I tell them Facebook Marketing is not for everybody (yet). It doesn’t all payback or make a dent necessarily. It depends.But there’s a grain of truth in that article. If Facebook could parse these communities better, maybe. And if Facebook Mobile worked as well as Google+ works on Mobile, they would have a bonanza.
#1 we agree and of course, the question was rhetorical as that’s the answer.#2 I agree but they won’t/can’t i bet. Facebook doesn’t understand the idea of contextual groups or communities any better than Linked In does. I seriously question whether they can address this.#3 Don’t use G+ so can’t answer. My response to most things G+ is that its easy to be perfect in abstract and to me, from my view of the world and my clients, G+ is just that, an idea that has not yet proved itself and not yet broken cause its still in a petri dish.
I *think* the trick to facebook for biz. is that the biz. needs to provide a story worth spreading/sharing (across facebook).This has always been the case for biz., in fact only the medium has really changed…make something worth talking about in the context you want them to be talking about…and then get out of the way.If you’re an ice cream shop and you create a facebook page…so what? Why do I care and why should I pay attention? More important, why would I want to tell my (facebook) friends about it? Do I get a flavor named after me if I generate the most clicks/likes/fans to you? If the biz. can’t answer this type of stuff, and be willing to put it into real action, then being on facebook prob. isn’t going to add much value for them (but of course won’t hurt much either)
Oh so right.That’s why I like the promoted post idea. If you know your network. And can provide content that they would want to get. Facebook can deliver it to the right people.
i’m not sold – small communities are ripe for inbreeding
What are some good examples?
I stopped at the Garden Center that my parents founded 35 yrs ago – Revay’s Gardens….. My sister & her husband still run it today.I was talking with one of the people that work there – she was a HS senior ( # 3 in her class) – I asked my favorite question – “What is your favorite app?”…Then we got talking about FB, Twitter and Tumblr. She commented that she does not use FB any more – just twitter
It would be interesting to study the age bracket users movement within Facebook.
This was a great read from yesterday on how Facebook’s attempts to grow monetization have shifted its emphasis from its original core of friends, to interests, resulting in a materially diminished user experience:The great defriending of Facebook http://www.dailydot.com/bus…
Thank you. I’ll check it out.
Here’s a Facebook cartoon for you…and my father was an ob/gyn, but I don’t think he would have heard that one during his practice time 🙂
The 3rd prob. isn’t going to be a company at all…it’s more likely to be a distributed, open-source type of thing (ie. the Linux of mobile)…That being said, I don’t think it’s a ‘few winners’ take all…we’re just in that part of the pendulum swing right now so it feels like that’s the future…but it will swing back and head towards distributed again soon enough…
agree 100%……i think it will be a federation of small businesses rather than a big amazon-style business….it won’t be an IPO candidate and may not even go through the typical financing rounds in the VC world. i think it looks more like anonymous than like google.
Distributive variances of Linux and Big-Data-Silos run as public utilities with open standardized APIs may at the end of the day save us all from Digital Feudalism.We can only hope !Regardless of the long term evolution this land grab startup phase is probably both commercially necessary and unavoidable.The question is weather Digital Feudalism turns out to be a centralization/authoritarian BLACK HOLE or just another historical swing of the pendulum.
But Yahoo isn’t even considered when you think Mobile. I’m sure this is taking some of Marissa’s brain cycles. I will bet you bitcoin to cronuts that one of Yahoo’s next acquisitions has something to do with boosting their mobile.
WhatsApp comes to mind.
Sure…Whatsanother $1B? Whatsapp!
Sure seems to be the going rate du jour 🙂
Apple’s modus operandi is to perfect and simplify core-utility for the busy non-techie masses.They tend to wait for others to foot the bill for clearing away all the market mis-starts and utility-noise before entering a market with simple/effective well defined core utility.That process of clearing away all the market mis-starts and utility-noise to consolidate simple, integrated, sticky, core-services utility is still in transit.The question is weather Apple will be able to apply their traditional modus operandi by arriving late to the services party. Arriving fashionable late even with a solidly integrated eco-system and simple, pared down, integrated core services utility in tow maybe too little too late to work against first movers in the internet services market.But for Apple a simple, streamlined, integrated, well executed services offering may intersect with public burnout on the presently over-heated entanglement of hyped service offerings?It is easy to underestimate the emotional appeal of clearing out transactional clutter and overhead from our daily lives, especially for non-techie folks.I will grant you that “well executed service offerings” and “Apple” don’t seem too comfortable in the same sentence as of yet!Still it is a little early to count them out unless you assume they are too thick to frame these market variables and challenges in context and/or unable to transfer their long-term modus operandi into the services arena.
hey hey for some spectrum anarchy!
Amazon has an interesting benefit over the others, scale.With respect to moble ad tech there are many startups trying to solve the problem of targeting. For a young company it is a costly endeavor to buy and accumulate enough data and then predictively model/index user behavior. AMZN has 165mm registered users with cc’s on file. Plus, they sell a wide variety of goods that consumers are very actively seeking. None of the other companies are this wide and deep.
Actually, I think google is more at risk than apple…I don’t see signs of googles ad model working effectively in mobile (yet). They have a huge android ecosystem but index search ads haven’t monetized well for now. The slides show huge accelerated declines in both desktops and laptops unit sales and apps are cutting into their search model; I would suggest google’s ad revenue days look numbered.
i agree about apple and facebook
I wrote a similar piece last fall entitled ‘software is eating mobile’ — http://hegranes.com/hegrane…The growth of mobile, yada yada, is very well documented… Ecosystems, etc.Where I think we go now is about choice and flexibility. This is what we expect, increasingly so, about all of our devices over time.Mobile is next, and far more than such things as Apple maybe letting in a better keyboard.
Thanks Fred & Ben – I did not realise till now Ben lives down the road from me in North London – this deck is great! I recently switched industry and joined a tech start-up (on account of your blog which I started reading a couple of years ago) – any other thought leader/blog recommendations would be much appreciated…
I like @asmartbear (blog.asmartbear.com). Always thoughtful, non-hackneyed posts.Also, startup-marketing.com from Sean Ellis. Lots of good experience to leverage.
Whenever I see the future laid out like this I want to run for the hills.Although mobile is in ascendancy it will play out in ways no one has thought of as yet
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That’s a great deck.It does interest me that everyone writes Microsoft off, yet 57% of the visits to this site are via a microsoft operating system.I’m samdroid through and through but when I travel I still need my laptop, I can manage without it for 95% of the time but I can’t not take it. I’m sitting here typing on a windows machine because the Disqus experience on mobile is still sub optimal (to put it politely)What I want is a windows tablet that has access to the same apps as the android market and that I can easily hook up a keyboard to. I’m sure the tablet exists its just the windows market place doesn’t. If Microsoft fixes that I’d probably be Microsoft through and through just because it’s easier to be that way. They have me at work and home (pc, laptop and xbox) they just don’t have me on mobile yet.
agreed. msft is far from done. humorous also that msft is mocked, fb is given props — yet msft owns a nice chunk of fb.
Agree about the 57% – I am one of them…..But the trend is scary. In the last two years MS has gotten non of our new computing device purchases – Qty 4 iPhones, 3 Kindles, 1 Nexus 7, 1 Mac-Mini……At the small office at I work at – our MS SBS2003 server just crashed – I am strongly considering not to rebuild it, or replace it with another MS product ( MS Server Essentials 2012).Our Oldest daughter is a junior in HS….we started visiting colleges this year – I was paying particular attention to the CPU of choice – it seemed 90+ Mac – I did not see very many non mac notebooks….
I wouldn’t replace a small business server either John, for smaller business I think a cloud service is ideal.Our purchases are similar to yours as well but I think that reflects the current boom in demand for new tablets. We all have tablets of one type or another in our family from my 80 year old mother to my 6 year old, however I don’t see us replacing those for a few years now. However I am looking to replace my laptop and I would way prefer it to be able to double up as a tablet and fit into my working life and I do see there being a pent up demand for that and Microsoft can and should fill it.
YUP – We already moved exchange off of SBS to Rackspace about two years ago – No more headaches….We may just simplify the local network – get rid of AD, let our firewall / router appliance handle DHCP, DNS etc…and we still may keep the file store local on $1,000 NAS – with cloud backup. Thoughts – we have 8-10 active users and < 1 TB of data
I have been researching what to do when our SBS2003 dies. Quite keen to keep things local – have been looking at http://www.zentyal.org/
It is way to early to write MSFT off. They play a long game well
Ironic that the slideshow is hard to use on iPhone (nav buttons too small, too close together).
He is smart,and very funny. He stole my heart with this one on the MWC : http://ben-evans.com/benedi….
I think it is time to reread Walden.
read this – including all the slides in the deck – via Chrome on my iPhone… just saying
I recall Fred wrote a post a few weeks ago about how RIM was finally launching a iOS, and Driod app for their BBM messenger this summer. – As Fred framed it – a Day late and a Dollar short….Chris Dixon – wrote a post a few days ago – “Some thoughts on Mobile” I commented that I thought there were rumors that MS had developed MS office apps for iOS..but were holding off releasing – I thought they view it as a competitive advantage for them to hold off and only make available for their mobile platform… I did a quick search and found some posts suggesting they may be releasing something late next year. http://tinyurl.com/cky4xes – Can it be another a Day late and a Dollar short instance?
What is the significance of the Facebook Mobile ecosystem being larger than Google’s or Apple’s? It’s like comparing apples to oranges. FB is usage. Google/Apple is platform with devices.What is the criteria for the ecosystem? Facebook users don’t do much on mobile.. Their mobile experience still sucks. Then, where is LinkedIn if that’s how Facebook is perceived?
Personally, this is a key ‘miss’ of the deck; namely, what the platform means qualitatively for each of these vendors.Apple and Amazon, for example, are in a unique position relative to having a billing relationship coupled with repeated buying behavior with their audience. Google far less, Facebook WAY less.Facebook has the largest base and highest direct engagement for their core services; Google and Apple are below that, and Amazon is considerably below that.In terms of robustness of developer ecosystem, Apple is clear number one, Google too, Amazon mostly piggy-backing Android and surrounding with proprietary content deals. Facebook way behind, and so on.
What Mobile is eating is the PC, especially on a relative basis. That’s because most new mobile users never owned a PC.
I’d hate to have to write any kind of significant multi-section document (for school or work) on my tablet or phone. What do these kids do for written schoolwork?
Goog docs on tablet for my three….then share with their teachers.
I’m slowly warming up to dictating to various devices. Barring that, an iPad with a keyboard is about all you need.
Both my kids (15 and 12) use laptops for school work, and spend far more time on them than on the iPad that we have laying around the house for general use. At work (civil engineering) we use Microsoft based PCs and laptops. Just upgraded a 27 year old to a new laptop, and her only request was to make sure that the docking station could accommodate her dual 24″ monitors. There is still plenty of work that is most effectively done using larger screens.
The best thing you can do from an ROI standpoint to improve the efficiency of a programmer is buy them a second monitor.
family computer with multiple sceens
I’ve seen a nice keyboard for the iPad.
I have a nice keyboard for my iPad.But what’s the difference between a tablet with a keyboard and a laptop?
A tablet with a keyboard makes a poor laptop — an Air or Zenbook would be a better buy — a laptop pretending to be a tablet makes a poor tablet and a poor laptop.
I know. There’s a company that has a hybrid that does both- I can’t remember who. That’s like a muddled middle for positioning. Although it makes sense, Apple probably won’t do it because it will reveal that you don’t need both devices, and that would be bad for sales.Maybe someone with clout will market that type of device and claim a new category.
Most mobile users in that category have a family member who does, or alternatively come from countries where almost no one does in the first place and aren’t really be affected by amazonSo it is disingenuous
dont really agree wi slide 24 …seems like the device quality and experience is whats sells apple. amazon is about ecosystem and content and googe its “the alternative ” or only option on a users carrier ( for non coders and geeks anynow )
Hard to tell precisely who’s right about slide 24, although I had never thought about the Evans perspective on that before. It brings to light the different strengths (and weaknesses) of each and how each will be used strategically. Makes you think of a chicken/egg scenario (not which one came first, but which one is more important: integrated ecosystem or experience)
yes. on the app store side it seems it is becomig purely a bit distribution mechanism …so less of an ‘ecosystem’ argument to be made. more of ecosystem seems to be off platform outside of tech and dev items
To my way of thinkingquality ecosystem = well integrated hardware / apps / serviceswell integrated hardware / apps / services = quality experiencequality experience = quality ecosystemall the horsemen need to work on improving some element of that integration
agreed – as long as well integrated is not a static thing.For instance, app stores used to be well integrated, but as the # of apps increased they have become less well integrated by virtue of massive # of apps and difficulty in determining what is good/bad etc.
Historically the challenge has always been in getting access, but as this slide reveals we are rapidly approaching the point where anyone can access anything from anywhere. This shifts the challenge to filtering and to focusing on quality, timing, and shared experiences/knowledge.How do figure out what we want to pay attention to? And what we don’t or shouldn’t? How do we figure out who and where to engage in the types of quality conversations and information we’re actually interested in?These are the challenges I’m focused on…
Yes DNA is a molecular summary of all the best biological survival strategies but more importantly it summarizes by negation all the biological methods that turned out by trial and error to not be useful. Probably more valuable information density in the negations than the retained DNA coding methods.Given the almost limitless spectrum of social-dynamics possible under universal network conditions we are now faced with the same daunting task. We must weed out a vast array of useless social-network-dynamics possibilities in order to distill the cyber-survial-statatagey gems.Given that at this platform level the pennies in this networking-node currency are now humans as apposed to cells. Given that humans exhibiting orders of magnitude more complex, self-serving, volitional behavioural volatility than do cells that sorting task will probably not be able to succeed by pure statistical trial and error. Cellular network-node behaviours being much more directly liked to their molecularly-predicable substrate behaviours than are humans.Luckily we have self-referential, self-aware, cognitive, survival strategies on board. Unlike cells we will need to be self aware and cooperatively engaged in shaping and limiting our own cyber-networking-culture evolutionary choices.Biology offers use our best-guess cheat-sheet to organic self-organizing network dynamics and we have the cognitive abstraction required to work that analogue.Time to get down to work on collectively defining the challenge at hand.
Yep that’s the tech version of what I meant to say… 😀
Attention is interesting-but the one that owns your payments stream will win. The first attempt at wallets failed-it’s not solving a problem. Find the pain point in payments and that will drive a lot. Follow the money is a good adage, but also true in many cases. In the payments sphere right now, I like Venmo.com.
I interviewed someone yesterday for our blog – a mobile lead at a flash retailer, and he described some of the behavior they’re seeing with their (very successful = ~50% of revenue) iOS apps: they expected that their apps would be an additional amenity for their web users, but something like 30% of their users each month only ever access from mobile. As a result, whereas they assumed that most users would know about their business before downloading their app, mobile is eating their entire business and they’re now working on things like processing returns etc from their app (which a lot of ecommerce folks going mobile don’t yet do), and thinking “If we assumed that a user will find us, get onboarded, and only ever use mobile in interacting with us, how would we redesign our service to accomodate that behavior? (particularly considering that by and large, their mobile only/mobile centric customers tend to be better customers overall).
How about wearable technology. Do you think it will replace mobile phones as as the dominant device? It will be interesting to see how apple and amazon approach this space now that google has started with the glasses
I think glasses will be pure fad…but it is the start of true wearable, and I think that will eventually be a big part of our world.It’s not a matter of ‘replace’ as I think of wearable as the evolution of mobile (so somewhat the same thing really). Right now we just ‘wear’ mobile in our pockets.The challenge here remains in engagement/interaction more than anything else. How to get these wearable devices out of the way and augmenting our world/experiences rather than being the central thing our experiences/interactions must pass through…The moment someone walks up to me wearing ‘Glass’, my greeting is going to change from ‘hello’ to ‘OK Glass, shutdown’. 🙂
Glass could be worn like an ipod, with a cable from the face to the pocketed unit.Googe has announced that it will not permit facial recognition for Glass.
The problem is the ‘face’ part…people don’t actually want a screen…but we *are* used to voices and pictures in our head, even while interacting with the physical world…that’s where the tech needs to get to before it’s *really* disruptive.This next phase of middle ground is just going to be awkward, limiting, and slightly painful…
Curious over your thoughts re voice interface. Do you think bigger money is going after telepathic instead of all that is needed to achieve accuracy, especially translating intent/meaning related to sentences coupled with the whole thing related to people talking to themselves…
To preface, my thoughts/opinions are based on a sample size of 1 (me)…so I am *very* likely to be the exception and not the rule…That being said, I think telepathic will be killer…but is *so* far off that voice is the short-to-medium term win…many headsets are already small enough for it to appear we are talking to ourselves, and so it’s not all that socially unacceptable anymore.The translation/accuracy is also a big challenge, but it’s getting drastically better recently…and all the same challenges will need to be solved for telepathic approaches as well (we think in sounds and pictures after all).Overall – I *think* the goal, as Jack Dorsey has mentioned before as well ( http://www.huffingtonpost.c… ), is that the tech. essentially disappears…and we just interact/converse with the world as humans (but you know, kick-ass, super-intelligent, cyborg-like humans).
Thanks. That’s what I figured. The new language (sounds/pics) coming more forefront in the 20’s will be cool.
no. a lot of wearable technology gets into a power and too specific problem
You know why tablets and mobile units are outselling PC’s? Because you never needed the power of a PC (or heck even an iPad now) to play minesweeper or solitaire or bejeweled.We developed this awesome machine and people at work actually took advantage of it while people at home use a fraction of its power to read email and play flash games.
Slide 6 was most powerful to meSad to think that, despite all the awesomeness of technology and communication at our fingertips, some 15% of adults will still be illiterate come 2017
Ben Thompson at http://stratechery.com/ (@statechery) is a great complement to Ben Evans, too.
Overview of TV disruption .Short and succinct !
It is mobile is eating the world or Tablets are the new laptops and will eventually have a similar replacement cycle?Though I have to wonder if this confirms my idea that there is an ideal point between nonspecific and specificity in devices. Digital locks versus a ereader with a bad browser vs a tablet
Tablets are (soon to be) the new laptops, certainly, but does replacement cycle matter? Once they reach a certain level of capability with the need to iterate be as frequent? I feel like that’s where laptops have gone over the last 10 years. CPU has reached a sufficient level of capability, not innovation is about form and battery (intentionally leaving off ppi).
“will eventually have a similar replacement cycle?”Yes Shana & probably sooner than you think. I’d hazard a guess the next wave of digital devices are hidden to view. Something along the lines of Steve Mann & eyetap ~ http://www.eyetap.org/resea…
One implication of the rise of mobile that sometimes gets lost in these vendor/categories/stats decks is that it’s driving the emergence of hybrid applications that are one part client, one part cloud.Google’s best apps (Google Maps comes to mind), while certainly accessible via browser, are game changing awesome in native app + cloud mode. Facebook reached this same conclusion as well after betting initially on HTML 5. Apple obviously is focused on this, and Amazon, with AWS on the backend, and a proprietary device on the front-end, has an interesting, unique position.I think that we are in the first inning of figuring this one out in terms of what it means for developers and killer apps.
It’s all about appropriate form factor. Form factor determines appropriate HCI.
This deck overly conflates changes in hardware with changes in wetware.Mental states are what matter, not the inevitable fullness of form-factors. Whether people are typing on a keyboard that’s attached to a screen or not, when they’re working they’ll be standing at a desk with a general level of focus and a certain frame of mind.The different between sitting at a cafe working, or being two feet away standing in line is huge.That is what should separate PC from mobile when you are designing your products.I think they’re also using their data to justify their conclusion rather than draw a conclusion from the data. What jumps out at me most is the shell game with laptops. Sometimes they are specifically called out, sometimes presumably lumped in with PCs, but don’t seem to lend their attributes to their class. In slide 9, for example, if laptops are considered PCs it basically negates the distinction.The biggest gap I see in the presentation is the lack of connection with changing socioeconomic conditions. For most people smartphones are an entry device; when they can afford it they will add a tablet/laptop. It’s not that people now prefer them to laptops for all circumstances. When people have a full selection of form-factors their choice of device is back to a choice of mental state. Where does your product fit?
BlackBerry begins to eat Apple.
And his latest post is intriguing:”Counting geeks: Who cares that Android is ‘open’?”http://ben-evans.com/benedi…Ahum.
Great analysis…Winner takes all!
Benedict is channeling his Inner Mary Meeker very well, and with better design sensibility. He is stepping farther back than most and pulling together very big pictures that look really nice.On the matter of Insights and ‘The Why’ behind his charts, I am left wanting more. And I know these things take time. And his focused attention to the data (and all the reactions to it he sees) will get him there. But I see no ‘Why’ in his work, yet.Benedict! If you’re reading this comment and you would like a partner with whom to scribe some humanity to companion your work, I am at chris -at- phenner -dot- org, and I write a missive every week.Recall the ‘Freakonomics’ team required a Data Dude and a Writer.
I lost my lovely Air on a train coming back from a ski race; yes, a few beers to celebrate the race were involved, guilty as charged your honor. For a bunch of silly reasons (guilt at my stupidity, cheapskateness, dithering about alternatives), I did not buy a replacement. So my work has (almost) all been done on my iPhone for over 3 months (after a few weeks I did think the experiment itself was interesting). The “almost” means occasional use of borrowed iPads and laptops.
Oy. Losing a PC must be painful.
http://ben-evans.com/benedi…it’s an investment conundrum – generally consumers just aren’t that interested in open. this has been my observation for some time now. the market isn’t for being educated.
‘Mobile is eating the world’ isn’t that revolutionary an idea. We are talking small computers with added GSM. Loose the GSM and you have a RaspberryPi. A new sub-species of silicon CPU’s.
Otherwise known as NIST cloud broad access. Why not include the unknown form factors…who knows what’s next?