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BLOG: Mobile in chaos -- Has the industry gone nuts?

Mike Elgan | Aug. 21, 2011
The answer is clearly yes. But why? (Hint: Blame Apple.)

Mobile computing is in chaos, and it's Apple's fault.

Apple shamed HP right out of the mobile and PC business. They're so profitable with the iPad that Fusion Garage can get rich by gaining only a tiny fraction of it. Apple's financial success in both phones and tablets has made Google, a search engine company, want to make hardware. And the desperate need to monetize colossal investments in mobile that are not profitable (thanks to Apple) has motivated aggressive lawsuits and licensing agreements.

The bottom line is that mobile computing has never been hotter or more profitable. But only one company is making almost all the money. And it's driving everyone crazy.

Mike Elgan writes about technology and tech culture. Contact and learn more about Mike at, or subscribe to his free e-mail newsletter, Mike's List.


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