Vu sur le web > Deux mois après sa sortie, Google Allo est-il déjà mort ?

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La nouvelle application de messagerie de Google représentait une part importante des présentations lors de la Google I/O. Il semblerait pourtant que malgré les efforts du géant de la recherche, l’application peine à trouver un public.

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Avec Allo, Google voulait à la fois faire la démonstration de son Google Assistant mais aussi s’attaquer à nouveau au marché de la discussion instantané dominé par Facebook et WhatsApp. Deux mois à peine après sa sortie,  il semble que ce nouveau pari du géant de la recherche soit un échec.





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La sortie rapide d’une version 2.0 n’aura pas endigué la chute de l’application dans les classements de l’App Store et du Play Store. Aujourd’hui plusieurs indicateurs montrent que l’application se porte mal.

 

Google Allo sort du top 200 sur le Play Store

Premier indicateur, la croissance n’est plus là et les nouveaux téléchargements se font déjà plus rares. Aux États-Unis, l’application est récemment sortie du top 200 des applications les plus téléchargées du Play Store. En France, impossible de la trouver dans le top 540.

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Android Police note que l’application est toujours indiquée comme ayant été téléchargée entre 5 et 10 millions de fois, or elle avait passé le palier des 5 millions quelques jours après sa sortie, ce qui signifie qu’en deux mois elle n’a pas réussi à être télécharger le même nombre de fois qu’à sa sortie.

 

Google+ et Hangout sont plus populaires que Allo

Si l’on regarde maintenant du côté des recherches sur Google, qui sont un bon indicateur pour déceler les tendances, on constate que Google Plus et Google Hangout sont plus recherchés que Google Allo. Il s’agit pourtant de deux produits souvent considérés comme des échecs de Google. On aurait toutefois pu imaginer que les différentes mises à jour de Google Allo sur iOS et Android génèrent des recherches sur Google.

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L’application au point mort sur iOS

La situation est encore plus grave sur le système d’Apple. Seulement 13 nouveaux avis ont été postés en deux semaines, rapporte Android Police. En tout, l’application compte 500 notes sur iOS contre plus de 150 000 sur le Play Store. Il semble donc que l’application n’intéresse pas du tout les utilisateurs Apple.

Il faut dire que les utilisateurs d’iOS ont déjà un large choix entre les messageries tierces comme Whats App, Skype ou WeChat et l’application très performante d’Apple, iMessage.

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November 30, 2016 at 09:55AM

Vu sur le web > Reports suggest Cyanogen OS as we know it may be done

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Reports suggest Cyanogen OS as we know it may be done

CyanogenMod is an open source operating system built on top of Google Android that’s developed by a community of independent developers. It’s one of the oldest, and most popular custom ROMs that users can install on a wide range of phones and tablets as a replacement for the software that came with their devices, and a few years ago some of the core developers decided to capitalize on their experience and reputation by launching a company.

Cyanogen Inc is a for-profit company that licenses its software to device makers that might want to do things like give Microsoft’s mobile apps equal footing with Google’s on mobile devices, or even a version of Android without Google’s services at all.

But while Cyanogen OS got off to a promising start in 2014 and 2015, it’s been a while since we’ve seen any new partnerships announced, and word on the street is that the company is undergoing layoffs and other cutbacks… and it’s unclear what the future holds for Cyanogen Inc.

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Co-founder Steve Kondik, who was the initial developer of CyanogenMod, also weighed in recently, hinting that former CEO Kirt McMaster clashed with other members of the company and made bold statements that didn’t really help Cyanogen’s reputation.

Kondik notes that the new management does have “plenty of cash in the bank,” but that the recent changes at the company mean that “what I was trying to do, is over.”

Recently Cyanogen Inc introduced a new modular system that allows device makers to license just parts of the operating system for incorporation with their own custom versions of Android rather than licensing Cyanogen OS. It remains to be seen whether that approach will be more popular with smartphone makers than the option to license a fully functional alternative to Google’s stock version of Android.

What does all of this mean for the community-based CyanogenMod operating system? That remains to be seen… the way Cyanogen Inc was formed, the company has some control over the Cyanogen and CyanogenMod trademarks, so it’s possible that the open source project could rebrand under a different name in the future.

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November 30, 2016 at 11:02AM

Vu sur le web > Altice cumule une dette de 50 milliards de dollars (et dort bien la nuit)

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Altice, maison-mère de SFR, continue d’accroître sa dette. En deux ans, celle-ci a doublé, atteignant bientôt 50 milliards de dollars.

Avec une dette nette de 49,282 milliards d’euros en fin d’année, représentant un taux d’endettement rarement vu de 5,7x l’EBITDA du groupe, Altice pourrait sembler en mauvaise posture pour un observateur quelconque. Que nenni ! Pensez-vous : il n’y a aucune raison de s’inquiéter, selon Dennis Okhuijsen, directeur financier d’Altice. Dans une interview consacrée aux Échos, il joue la carte de la polémique franco-française : « aux États-Unis, par exemple, ce débat n’existe pas et on a l’habitude d’avoir des groupes endettés comme nous ou plus que nous ».

Faisant écho à des propos médiatisés de Patrick Drahi, qui affirmait dormir « beaucoup plus facilement » avec sa dette colossale qu’avec ses « premiers 50 000 francs de dettes », Dennis Okhuijsen le clame : « nous sommes sereins ». « On a un endettement d’un peu plus de cinq fois l’Ebitda, mais on est très confortable avec ça », enchérit-il : « ce n’est pas risqué, car nous remboursons toute cette dette avec notre business plan à 10 ans ».

« Leader » sur la fibre

Pour le directeur financier, donc, toute prise de risque est exclue. Même lorsque le journaliste lui demande ce qu’il se passerait en cas de nouvelle crise économique mondiale, telle que celle des subprimes à l’origine de la faillite de Lehman Brothers. Cela n’aurait qu’un « impact très limité » pour Altice, affirme-t-il : « les banques nous ont déjà prêté l’argent. Quand le marché se referme, le danger existe pour les groupes ayant des dettes à refinancer à court terme, ce qui n’est pas du tout notre cas ».

Le groupe, dont la prochaine grande échéance de remboursement est prévue pour 2022, se vante de générer des « cash-flows massifs » (qui, à l’heure actuelle, permettent juste de rembourser les intérêts annuels de la dette). Sur la fibre, il espère ainsi récolter les fruits de ses investissements car il se prétend « leader sur ce marché, avec Orange ». Oubliant manifestement que, depuis peu, SFR a été contraint d’abandonner le terme « fibre » dans ses communications, lorsque le raccordement se fait finalement en câble coaxial…

En résumé, Dennis Okhuijsen ne semble pas inquiet, malgré l’hémorragie d’abonnés difficile à endiguer chez SFR, la crise sociale chez l’opérateur qui s’apprête à faire partir près de 5000 de ses employés, ou encore la parte de confiance des marchés, qui ont fait perdre au titre plus de 50% de sa valeur en bourse depuis la mi-2015. « Si on le voulait, le marché nous donnerait encore plus de dettes ! », fanfaronne-t-il. On veut bien le croire.

Source : Les Échos

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November 30, 2016 at 06:19AM

Vu sur le web > Le gendarme des télécoms rectifiera le suivi qualitatif des FAI

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L’autorité des télécoms lance une consultation publique pour améliorer ses indicateurs de qualité des services fixes d’accès à internet et de téléphonie. Son protocole actuel est jugé insuffisant.

Il va y avoir du changement dans la manière dont le gendarme des télécoms français évalue la qualité des services fixes d’accès à Internet et de téléphonie : en début de semaine, l’autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes a annoncé avoir soumis à consultation, jusqu’au 6 janvier 2017, un projet de refonte complète de ses indicateurs.

Objectif annoncé de l’Arcep ? « refléter au mieux l’expérience des utilisateurs dans une optique de régulation par la data ». Plus précisément, il s’agit « d’offrir aux utilisateurs une mesure plus fiable et plus représentative des services fixes d’accès à Internet et de téléphonie », en profitant des opportunités nouvelles offertes par le numérique, comme par exemple les outils de production collaborative.

Refléter au mieux l’expérience des utilisateurs

Le principal problème identifié dans le protocole utilisé jusqu’à présent par l’Arcep se situe au niveau du poids occupé par les opérateurs. Dans sa décision du 29 janvier 2013, elle a autorisé les opérateurs à choisir le prestataire de leur choix et pourront optimiser leur réseau pour répondre aux besoins spécifiques des tests. Difficile, dans ces conditions, d’avoir une photographie réaliste de la situation.

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La décision de l’Arcep a été saluée par l’UFC-Que Choisir. « La suppression à venir de l’actuel outil de la mesure de la qualité de l’Internet fixe, ne peut que réjouir l’UFC-Que Choisir qui prend acte de la volonté de l’autorité d’améliorer la pertinence de ses travaux ». Et de l’inviter dans la foulée à faire de même pour son dispositif de mesure de la qualité de l’Internet mobile, pour être cohérent.

En attendant, l’Arcep a diffusé ses derniers observatoires de qualité des services fixes d’accès à Internet et de téléphonie sous leur forme actuelle. À compter du second semestre 2017, le gendarme des télécoms entend mettre un point final à ce chapitre pour en ouvrir un nouveau, où le suivi de l’état des réseaux sera nettement plus précis et surtout moins sujet aux controverses.

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November 30, 2016 at 09:21AM

Vu sur le web > La reconnaissance comportementale révolutionne la biométrie

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Fini la reconnaissance faciale et digitale, la reconnaissance comportementale promet plus de sécurité et de facilité.

Dans les grandes entreprises, beaucoup de systèmes de protection biométrique se basent sur la reconnaissance digitale ou faciale. Deux systèmes loin d’être sans failles. Il y a quelques années, Jan Krisller, un hacker allemand a pu démontrer ô combien il était facile de dupliquer l’iris d’Angela Merkel grâce à des photographies en haute définition. Même procédé pour copier des empreintes digitales. Bonne nouvelle, la reconnaissance comportementale fait son chemin.

NatWest, une banque anglaise, de 14 millions de clients l’a testée grâce au soutien de la start-up BioCatch. Le système s’appuie sur l’analyse de près de 500 points du comportement humain comme entre autres la coordination des mains, la pression du doigt, le tremblement, le mouvement des yeux,  le scrolling etc… A en croire Uri Rivner, le vice-président du développement et de la cyber stratégie à Biocatch, « les hommes ont des façons variées et uniques d’interagir avec des appareils ou des applications. Après plusieurs essais, nous sommes aujourd’hui capables de modéliser le comportement d’un usager et nous pouvons prévenir la banque  si un comportement nous paraît suspect. » Née en 2011, la start-up est aujourd’hui partenaire de grandes banques internationales aux Etats Unis et aux Royaume Uni.  Leumi Card, une banque israélienne est également de la partie.

 La reconnaissance comportementale promet d’être plus sûre,  plus dynamique, plus simple et à terme de ne plus recourir aux logins et mots de passe. Selon Roy Dalal de Verifyoo, une start-up de biométrie comportementale : «  Il n’y a aucun doute que le monde est en train de se tourner vers des méthodes d’authentification plus dynamiques et l’une d’entre elles est la reconnaissance comportementale[…] Une fois la personne authentifiée,  elle n’a plus besoin de passer par d’autres phases d’authentification. »

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November 30, 2016 at 10:07AM

Vu sur le web > Netflix gagne un mode hors-ligne : il est maintenant possible de télécharger les films et séries

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Netflix annonce aujourd’hui l’arrivée du mode hors-ligne, tant réclamé par ses utilisateurs. Il est désormais possible de télécharger les films et séries pour les voir plus tard sans connexion Internet. On peut imaginer ce scénario avant de prendre l’avion ou pour un long voyage sur l’autoroute sachant que le réseau n’est pas très bon, notamment […]

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November 30, 2016 at 07:57AM

Vu sur le web > Google Wi-Fi – A Scalable Wi-Fi Solution for any size Home or Apartment

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Google’s Wi-Fi is designed to replace current routers with a single Wi-Fi Point that seamless Wi-Fi coverage for homes up to 1,500 square feet. Larger home? No problem. A set of three Google Wi-Fi points handles up to 4,500 square feet.

There are many routers on the market that boast excellent Wi-Fi. But not all routers are created equal. Google hopes to improve on router issues with their Google Wi-Fi Home Wi-Fi system.


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The system is based on a set of Google Wi-Fi points that work together to blanket your home in a fast, reliable Wi-Fi. You simply add more “points” to increase your coverage. Each Wi-Fi point acts like a router producing a good strong signal for reliable device connection.


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All you need is to know the square footage of your home and purchase the right amount of points you need. See the chart below.

Router Coverage Chart

Home Type Small Home or Apartment Medium Home Larger Home
Square Footage 500-1500 square feet. 1500-3000 square feet. 3000-4500 square feet.
Units Needed 1 2 3


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Google Wi-Fi comes with an app call Network Assist that not only manages your network, but also gives you full control of your network.  You can setup passwords for guest, prioritize network devices, and control network usage and more.

Network Assist always selects the clearest channel and fastest band as well as the fastest Wi-Fi point for your devices. The software even guides you as to where to place your access points for faster speeds.

You get two Wi-Fi bands with Google Wi-Fi.  There is the 2.4GHz (slower, but longer ranger) and 5GHz (faster, but shorter range). As with most high-end routers, Google Wi-Fi automatically connects your device to the best band as you move throughout your home.

The system works by creating a mesh network that grows based on your needs. As you add points, they become part of the network of routers that communicate with each other to produce a strong Wi-Fi throughout your home. This effectively eliminates dead zones and buffering in your home.

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1-Pack $129.00 (Amazon)
 
Google Wi-Fi system (set of 3)
3-Pack $299.00 (Amazon)

 

Tech Specs

AC1200 2×2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi

Expandable mesh Wi-Fi.

2 Gigabit Ethernet ports per point

WAN and LAN on primary Wifi point.
Both act as LAN ports on additional Wifi points.

Simultaneous dual-band Wifi (2.4GHz / 5GHz)

Supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac.
 

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November 29, 2016 at 11:01PM

Vu sur le web > Don’t panic, but Google’s AI is now smarter than human doctors

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Humanity’s relentless march towards a future where machines rule everything gained some ground today, as Google revealed that one of its fancy artificial brains is now better at diagnosing some medical conditions than human doctors are. This should prove extremely valuable for whenever the inevitable robot uprising results in a swift demise for the human race.

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Google’s announced its findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association in a paper detailing the company’s work with deep learning algorithms and how they can be utilized for medical purposes. In this particular case, Google set its sights on diagnosing diabetic retinopathy via retina photographs.

The neural network Google used for the project was fed over 128,000 images to train it in detecting the condition. The resulting algorithm was then tasked with identifying examples of diabetic retinopathy out of a sample of just over 10,000 new images.

As it turns out, the computer performed better than the real doctors. “The results show that our algorithm’s performance is on-par with that of ophthalmologists,” Google’s Lily Peng, PhD and Product Manager explains in a post on Google’s research blog. “For example, on the validation set described in Figure 2, the algorithm has a F-score (combined sensitivity and specificity metric, with max=1) of 0.95, which is slightly better than the median F-score of the 8 ophthalmologists we consulted (measured at 0.91).”

The results are seriously impressive and could have massive implications for screenings in areas where specialists are spread thin. An algorithm that can diagnose a disorder as good or better than a real doctor can is a powerful tool for good. Of course, it’s also somewhat intimidating to consider that artificial intelligence can already be trained to a point where it’s smarter than the humans we rely on to keep us healthy.

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November 29, 2016 at 03:58PM

Vu sur le web > Europe is poised to give Silicon Valley a run for its money, argues a new report

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You might think Europe is treading water these days, with one of its biggest financial centers, London, hamstrung by Brexit and the uncertainty it has fostered.

You’d be wrong. So suggests a new survey by the venture firm Atomico that persuasively argues that Europe’s tech scene is instead being fast propelled forward by three new trends:  a well of so-called “deep tech,” a growing number of tech hubs across the continent, and expanding interest by corporate investors, non-tech companies, and foreign giants in European tech startups.

The numbers Atomico cites are eye-opening. With the help of companies like LinkedIn, Meetup, Stack Overflow, Dealroom.co, and the London Stock Exchange, as well as survey responses from roughly 1,500 founders, investors and tech employees, Atomico says that deep tech companies have attracted $2.3 billion in investment over the last 22 months, and that nearly 1,000 related startups have been founded over the same period.

Deep tech, per Atomico’s definition, means startups that employ artificial intelligence; are focused around virtual reality or augmented reality; fall into the “frontier tech” bucket, meaning they make drones or robots or nanosatellites or similar; or have sprung up around the Internet of things, from wearables to smart home startups.

Some of these companies are in Zurich, including Teralytics, a big data company backed by Horizons Ventures and Lakestar; Climeworks, which has figured out how to suck carbon dioxide out of the air and aims to remove 1,000 metric tons a year of the greenhouse gas from the atmosphere with its first commercial plant just outside of Zurich; and the computer vision company Dacuda.

A growing number are spread across a number of other hubs, too. Over the last five years, there’ve been 582 investments in deep tech companies in France alone, for example. In Germany, that number is 480. In Finland, it’s 137. In the Netherlands, it’s 332, by Atomic’s accounting.

There’ve been 282 related deals in such companies in 2016 alone, up from five years ago, when that number was 55.

Are those Silicon Valley-type numbers? No, but there’s reason to think that gap in funding — which is roughly fivefold right now — will start to narrow.

For one thing, as Atomico notes, a growing number of U.S. tech companies have set up shop in Europe, and those European employees are just as likely as their U.S. counterparts to start their own companies eventually. Alphabet is now in Zurich and London. Facebook is in Paris; London; and Somerset, England. Apple is in Cambridge; Berlin; Lund, Sweden, and Grenoble, France.

(Conglomerates headquartered in China are also planting flags in Europe, including Rakuten, which now has an artificial intelligence center in Paris. Baidu is reportedly figuring out its Europe strategy right now, too.)

Another important accelerant: M&A, says Tom Wehmeier, a principal at Atomico and its head of research. “We’re not only seeing teams grow organically across Europe, but we’re starting to see a number of European companies being acquired by Asian companies and bigger tech firms that are local growing more acquisitive.” Wehmeier cites the sale last week of Edinburgh’s SkyScanner to China’s Ctrip; Tencent’s deal to buy Finland’s Supercell Oy back in June; and Softbank’s deal to acquire U.K.-based ARM Holdings. Meanwhile, U.K.-based Funding Circle has also begun making acquisitions, as have Spotify, SAP, and other big European brands.

Not last, as in the U.S., Europe is starting to see a growing number of corporate venture funds spring up, and an uptick in the interest of pension funds in backing tech startup. Right now, says Atomico, there’s at least $2.7 billion in committed capital residing with companies. Pension funds are also starting to invest more in venture firms, says the firm, though it admits that conclusion is anecdotal for now.

Says Siraj Khaliq, a firm partner who previously cofounded The Climate Corp. (acquired by Monsanto), “A lot of pension funds are by their nature conservative. But it’s baked into their estimates that they’ll be able to [produce a] 5 to 6 percent [return] a year and they can’t make those ends meet anymore. It’s taken these professional investors a while to understand that tech isn’t funny money, but these same people are [awakening to the opportunity]. Generally people now recognize that tech is very real.”

You can find the full report here; it’s worth a read.

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November 29, 2016 at 07:10PM

Vu sur le web > The end of the Apple dynasty?

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Apple is misplaying the hand Steve Jobs left them, making themselves vulnerable to competition for the first time since iPod.

The company has always been at least one step ahead of the competition in hardware advancements and software experience.

It used to be that to switch to Android or Windows, you’d have to give up functionality, user experience, and access to the latest and greatest apps. The switching cost to move to a competitor was very high.

Apple used this position to gain the upper-hand in partnerships — deal terms were often in their favor. It also gave them leverage on the consumer side.

We were more willing to tolerate buying new adapters for their Apple devices because the upside was worth it. This year, they doubled down on the “f*ck you” playbook instead of making major leaps in technology to bolster the position that allowed them to use the playbook in the first place.

Now, they’re making power moves from a weak position

In 2016, Android phones have surpassed iPhone with higher-resolution displays, better cameras, cloud features, waterproofing and early VR/AR — reducing the switching cost to Android.

Now, Apple is playing catch-up with competition. Yet, they’re still making FU playbook moves like removing the headphone jack, further reducing the overall switching cost and chipping away at the faith of enthusiasts.

People are clinging onto their old Apple devices in fear of “what will they do next?” instead of writing blank checks excited for “what will they do next?!”

Android is also dominating global marketshare. The global market itself is reaching a saturation point, which means the biggest growth opportunities can be found in new platforms — an area which Apple is behind and the competition is already moving on aggressively.

Wandering through their own tunnels without Steve’s light…

Apple has always been the leader in new technology platforms from iPod, to iPhone, to iPad but are nowhere to be found in AR, VR or self-driving vehicles beyond rumors (car, glasses). While Apple is rarely first, they have been the best and held their ground. Ask yourself now, if Apple does enter the VR/AR market, do you think they will be the best? My guess is your faith has eroded.

Apple Watch, the first product launch without Steve, was also the first not to move the needle. Since then, Apple events have become less exciting and more incremental, filled with unprecedentedly long and boring software demonstrations and underwhelming technology like TouchBar, HomeKit and HealthKit. Apple TV isn’t even 4K yet, while Roku is. Siri, which was first-to-market, has fallen behind Google Home and Amazon Alexa.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is innovating rapidly under the leadership of Satya Nadella and taking more risks in spaces that Apple is not — for example,Hololens—and becoming seriously competitive in the desktop space with Surface Studio. I predict Microsoft will make a bold move in the mobile phone space to follow suit.

… scrambling to find a foothold

Apple recently downsized or dismantled their self driving car unit and went through a company re-org. There has also been speculation that Jony Ive is checked out and there’s going to be a big shake-up at the company. These are clear signs of leadership and organizational issues.

Some argue that Apple is shifting to being a software company. This bodes even worse, because their software has been declining in usability and stability. The new iMessage and latest version of iOS demonstrate a naiveté about how people actually use software they love. iCloud is notoriously bad. Furthermore, Apple has the wrong culture for software development. Teams aren’t allowed to talk to each other and they don’t learn from data, thus they can’t learn nearly as fast as a real software company.

To make a comeback, Apple needs a visionary CEO.

To make a comeback, Apple needs a visionary CEO. Tim Cook is an operator CEO and is doing a great job increasing profit margins and company efficiency, but has yet to show any prescience or urgency to be a leader in innovation.

In contrast, Satya Nadella is the visionary CEO that is bringing Microsoft back to relevance while Steve Ballmer was the Tim Cook of Microsoft (Steve Case also wrote about this).

The App Store is Apple’s final stronghold

The App Store was the greatest thing to happen to Apple and it’s keeping iOS alive today. Apple’s most important demographic are the affluent and the enthusiasts. Even though iOS market share in the US has dropped by 16% since 2012, the App Store still grosses 4X more than the Play Store.

The theory is that iPhone owners are willing to pay more for their devices, and have more disposable income to spend on apps than the lower income demographic of Android users. Historically, Android phones have been more affordable but lacked in technology and apps. But now that they are competitive with, if not better than, Apple devices, we will start to see more of Apple’s key customer-base switch over to Android devices and (gasp) even Microsoft computers.

If enthusiasts and the affluent begin switching over due to the decline in innovation, the Play Store ecosystem could gradually become more appealing to developers.

Developers like to be close to the latest trends in technology and also the most lucrative ones. If Apple falls behind on new platforms and developers begin to enter the Microsoft and Android ecosystems, it could be an opportunity for competitors to shepherd developers away from iOS and into their own mobile and desktop platforms. When the developers begin switching over, Apple is in serious trouble.

I’m hopeful, but not optimistic

I’m hopeful that Apple swings for the fences and makes some big moves on new platforms. I hope they can continue their excellence in design thinking and product leadership, but given what I’ve seen since Steve passed away I have major doubts.

Apple is not going away anytime soon, but they’re facing the fiercest competition they’ve had in a long time. The ball of inspiration and awe is on the verge of being passed to the competition, and it’s time for a new quarterback.

Apple’s latest release, “Designed by Apple in California” is an amazing picture book that chronicles the breath-taking visual story of Apple’s rise to its current plateau. Maybe they’ll release a special cover for this book available in 14 colors soon. Mine already has a smudge.

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November 29, 2016 at 02:39PM