One Ring to Unite Them All. Convergence, the Smartphone, and the Cloud

Pon BryanSeppälä TimoKenney Martin

Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade. March 2015, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 21-33

This paper examines how recent trends in the smartphone industry may be expanding previous conceptions of the industry and its boundaries. The increasing importance of Internet and cloud-based services — which in many ways lie outside the control of the physical device, operating system, and even the cellular network — seems to be changing the roles and strategies of key firms in the ecosystem. Using industry architecture and platform theory, we examine how the key firms seem to be reacting to these new changes. Our analysis indicates that the platform “bottleneck,” or key control point, is moving away from the device and into the cloud, where a new meta-platform based on the Internet may be emerging.

Julkaisun tietoja

Päiväys
13.02.2015
Avainsanat
smartphone , platform, bottleneck, apple iOS, android
JEL
L14, L15, L86, L96
Sivuja
13
Painoversion saatavuus
Saatavilla
Kieli
Englanti
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