Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Device? Or App? or AppStore?

As ever, great insights from Prof Sadagopan, on Palm's potential new makeover under HP...

I echo the sentiment and wish Palm well...and completely agree that the mobile game matters the most looking into the future- as the Prof. argues.

But one additional point- the game is perhaps moving on. It is no longer just the device, or the OS, or the design that are going to matter to success- perhaps more important is the ecosystem, to be more precise, the 3rd party Apps that are going to be available in the ecosystem that will matter.

From that perspective, all the key players, led by the Apple App Store, Blackberry , Android and Nokia's Ovi are putting in enormous efforts into the ecosystem and encouraging 3rd party apps availability on the device.

That is one of the key reasons, that Apple is ahead -look at the plethora of Apps available- and Blackberry /Android are perhaps the fastest playing catchup.

The question is, does HP have what it takes to create this ecosystem? Or, if they adopt another ecosystem, eg Android, how will they tackle being pitched directly with the likes of HTC, Google (Nexus1) and Motorola (Droid)

Very interesting space to watch, indeed...

in reference to:

"HP acquires Palm"
- HP acquires Palm « Professor Sadagopan’s Weblog (view on Google Sidewiki)

Game Change in Indian Politics

Interesting Analysis by Liz Mathew on how Rahul is consolidating his power inside the Congress party...

My insight- whilst I completely endorse Liz's optimism, I for one, believe that Rahul already has all the power he needs! He is, by design, staying away from formal roles. Let us not forget, his mum is the most powerful person in India today- without needing to have an official position or a portfolio.

I have been an outside observer (I am not connected to any political party) in the recently concluded Tamil Nadu IYC elections and have written about the details behind what is happening in the IYC. For more explicit details about what exactly is the IYC election process, i have 6 blog posts on my blog @

I see this movement, started as program "Vistaar" in 2007, as a significant game changer in the medium run- i predict a significant impact as soon as in 2014 Elections!

Why? The single biggest thing this represents is a replacement to the nepotistic/ patronage culture endemic in all politics of India, with a straightforward, if-you-have-won-the-IYC-elections-you-will-get-the-party-ticket-to-contest, a simple, equal opportunity, easy to understand way to make it in Politics.

in reference to:

"Assertive Rahul Gandhi wants to have more seats for youth!"
- Assertive Rahul Gandhi wants to have more seats for youth! : Have You Heard (view on Google Sidewiki)