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The Value of Software and the Evolution of Handheld Computing

Ben Bajaran on the strength of Apple’s developer community:

The key observation in all of this is that consumers are embracing this vision and value the handheld computing hardware, software, and, to a degree, services Apple offers. Apple embraces this vision and is laser focused on bringing hand held computers to the masses. Developers are embracing this vision and creating new and unique software for hand held computing.

This, in my opinion, is the core mountain Microsoft and other competitors must climb. The problem is, they have never really had an impassioned third party community like the one we see today for iOS. Android benefits by default because many developer maintain an iOS first and Android second strategy. The sheer size of the Android addressable market is playing in its favor. But I am yet to see such a large developer community vested to advance hand held computing on Android either.