If you haven’t been paying attention, and not too many people do, it has been a pretty crazy last half of the year in the cell phone world. Android has rocketed past Blackberry and Apple as the top OS in the US market, the Samsung Galaxy S series of phones have sold 5 million units worldwide (in just over 3 months) and cell phone cases are filling up courts around the world.
Microsoft is suing Motorola for patent infringement. Verizon is being forced to refund customers $90 million in wrongful data overages. Apple has sued Nokia in an English court over patent violations. Nokia has lost three major executives in the past few weeks. And speaking of patents, Apple had a $625 million settlement levied against them in Texas for patent infringement of their own. Who knew that downloading directions to an all night waffle house while updating your Facebook status and Tweeting about how epic the Justin Bieber tribute band concert you just saw would have such a dark underworld?
Who are we kidding? This is a multi-gazillion dollar a year industry. Of course there is going to be back stabbing and name calling. HTC posted a third quarter profit of $360 million, and we know they didn’t make that coin on HTC accessories. The phones are where it’s at and so long as the competition remains as fierce as it is, we the consumer will get to reap the rewards with faster, smarter and sleeker phones. Feel free to return to your daily routine now. We’ll be sure to give you a heads up in the unlikely event that everyone starts playing nice.