Forrester: Smartphones are dead. Long live smartphones!
The convergence of adtech and martech is inevitable.
This week, Google announced the acquisition of key HTC assets. This will give them some of the hardware technology expertise, the design skills and the experience in smartphone retail distribution they badly need. Due to Android’s massive fragmentation, Google needs to control the distribution of its services, to reduce its traffic acquisition costs and to build more integrated experiences. Two weeks ahead of the likely announcement of new Pixel smartphones and other emerging hardware devices, HTC’s acquisition illustrates Google’s commitment to the consumer device space. Official release of new products on October 4th is likely to demonstrate that Google is finally (Motorola anyone?) more serious in controlling the device ecosystem.
Last week, Apple announced its latest flagship device. We don’t expect the iPhone X to disrupt the smartphone market the way the initial iPhone revolutionized mobile and marketing. However, it will secure Apple’s leadership in the high-end smartphone segment thanks to its integrated hardware/software approach and powerful developer and brand partner ecosystem.
B2C marketers building mobile experiences must make challenging strategic decisions to allocate resources to address both Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS based on these titans’ current consumer adoption, technical features, and development opportunity. At the same time, marketers must anticipate how mobile will evolve to activate new branded experiences in a future driven by disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, extended reality or IoT.
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