Topic of the week

Is hardware or software the mobile differentiator?

The two qualities which have defined the mobile revolution: 1) an incredible set of sensors that transforms one’s environments into data and 2) all of the internet in your pocket. In other words, innovation in mobile hardware, and innovation in connected mobile services. Looking at the mobile device / apps marketplace, which of these will be the more powerful competitive vector?

When this topic sprung up in a USV email thread, at least one Google/Android devotee felt strongly that internet and cloud services would matter more and more as time goes on. One Apple/iOS devotee felt strongly that hardware would matter more.

But this is only partly an Apple vs. Google story.... ↓ expand

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