In tech, we talk a lot about how fast things change, how dynamic things are. As an investor in mobile, I think and talk about this all the time. I sound like a booster, sometimes even to myself. I try to balance that, I really do.
This week, though, wow, if you ever thought that the landscape was settling and the picture was coming into focus, did that ever get thrown out of the window.
Intel saw a 27% year-over-year drop in earnings as the PC market continues to shrink. Chipmaker Qualcomm, which is riding the mobile wave, overtook Intel in market cap: unbelievable. Also highlighting the headwinds in the PC market, Michael Dell is reportedly looking to take the company he started in his dorm room private. Hard to imagine giants like Intel and Dell facing such a changed landscape.
At the same time, it’s not like new markets are standing still. Sharp is reporting that its ramping down production of the full-sized iPad as the demand for the iPad Mini is so much stronger. Gee, that was quick! Has the iPad Mini even been out for 6 months yet?
And finally, it’s exciting to see that someone other than Apple is starting to see consumer hype and love in the mobile market, with the WSJ is reporting that the upcoming Galaxy IVS from Samsung is seeing “iPhone like hype.” I’m not hating on Apple here, I just think its great for everyone when there’s strong competition, which Samsung appears to e bringing.
However stifled innovation may seem today, it sure seems like the market is pretty dynamic.