With Android and iOS so strong at the moment, some still consider the smartphone market to be very competitive. I personally feel that three strong players would be better, but what do you think?
Definitely would like to see a third option.
Healthy in my opinion would be two strong players, a third that is pushing, plus at least a couple of niche options.
2 strong players and a third with time and money to get there is good enough for me. It's hard enough to choose between them.
Give me three and let them keep each other on their toes and fair.
you could argue that android is two in one.there's the standard out of the box versions from Samsung or HTC, and then there's the hacker scene with many custom roms.
In theory there are four phone systems, iphone, android, blackberry and windows. Symbian had some life in it but Nokia torpedoed that burning barge below the waterline!
I think we do need that third healthy platform, and I think it will be Microsoft.
Microsoft will continue to throw money at winphone until it achieves success, just as they did with the Xbox console - for many years it was a financial black hole for them. They can cross-subsidise from profitable divisions.
RIM have nothing else to draw on, so they're going to have to hope to pull a magic rabbit out of the hat and wow their potential customers to recover from their burning platform!