Can We Get Back to Innovation Now?
I mean, it's been more than a little disheartening to see what appeared to be innovative companies like Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) transform into overgrown patent trolls, trying to guard their goodies under a bridge somewhere. When, in fact, as has been pointed out, it is basically impossible to build a smartphone or tablet without infringing on some company's patents.
Particularly at this point in time, when the mobile industry is one of the few bright spots in a global economic and political picture that appears pretty bleak. The last thing we need is for the star players of the mobile industry to get bogged down in a welter of patent in-fighting that stalls the arrival of hot new products and services like those that have driven the sector over the last five years or so.
More innovation is certainly possible: Even though many sniffed at the irritating marketing campaign dreamed up by Fusion Garage to promote its new tablet, at least the startup showed there's more than one way to skin an Android.
For instance, how much more can be down with voice control of the mobile interface? I know we're all about touch these days, but the ability to have more control over all aspects of the phone with voice commands seems like an area that could be exploited further.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile