The Platform battle has turned to an Eco-System War

Sometime last week Google released their much anticipated Maps App for iOS and caused mad app downloading hysteria in one night, and FanBoys on each side stirring up trouble. Android Fans pissed that Google gave the iPhone Maps, Apple Fans still pushing Apple’s Maps as better. I guess you can’t please everyone.

Anyway even before that Eric Schmidt made the comment, “The Platform War is Over and Android won” which I agree with, but with some caveats. I believe Eric is talking about the platform war in regards to the race to get user market-share. That has always kind of bean what the platform war is about. Companies create services and hardware to attract more and more users, Google needs it to push more ads, Apple and Samsung needs users to sell more hardware. Anyway I won’t get into business model differences here.

My point is that the Platform War was more of a battle, to see what OS will become dominant. What platform will more users be using. The answer is a resounding Android and you really can’t argue with that. However, the platform battle is a big chunk of the larger Ecosystem War. Google, Amazon, and Apple are the big three players on the ecosystem side. Samsung and other OEMs do not play in their league, and will probably never play in their league.

Each ecosystem offers a robust App Catalog, Music, Video, Books, Magazines, and services all integrated together for the user. However each company is fighting the Eco-System War differently.

Amazon provides users with a forked Android experience taking the popularity of Android and using that to create their own App Catalog which is basically Android Apps. They key here is that Amazon now has app exclusives and offers competitive pricing pulling Android users into their store. Amazon additionally has Music, and Video offerings which rival that of iTunes in pricing and availability with Amazon starting to offer their complete ecosystem on the Android and Apple ecosystem it will eventually start poaching users from iTunes. Amazon does not have it’s own smartphone which is the primary device these days. So it does create an issue when you have to relay on another Ecosystems primary device to put your ecosystem on.

Google’s Ecosystem is built on Android, and is a different beast. Google considers Android the Ecosystem of ecosystems, touting it as an OS that is designed for you to choose the ecosystem of your liking. However, because Google basically controls the Android OS, they make sure Google services are more deeply integrated into the OS at it’s core. This includes features like Google Search and Google Voice, which is much more integrated than Skinned versions of Android. Now Google’s move is to offer their services to as many users as possible. Because Google does not sell products like Apple, or Product and Services like Amazon. Google sales targeted ads. That is how they make their money. So the more people that are using Google services the better Google is at targeting ads accurately. This is why you do see Maps, Search, Chrome, Drive, Earth, and other services for iOS. I think we will eventually see Google Music, Google Magazines, Books, and other content come to the iPhone as a native app as well. Yes I know Android phones will balk, but it is business, I think as Android becomes more polished the OS will be able to stand on it’s own. I think we are at that point that the majority of people want Android because of Android. I predict Google Now will stay an Android exclusive until the OS is 100% polished, and then they will port it out to iOS.

Now we all know Apple’s ecosystem, it is more of a closed wall ecosystem on the mobile side. They do not offer their services natively for any other OS. You basically need to find an app that will be able to tie into iTunes, AirPlay, iCloud, etc…This aspect basically forces the user to purchase Apple hardware if they want full integration to their services. Is it right? Yes, it is right for Apple, they are a hardware company, and that is how they make their money. Think if Apple just the iTunes app for Android, that will cut into their bottom line because they are no longer making money off the hardware purchase which is about 60% of Apple’s profits. If Google loses an Android user because of Maps (It will happen but it won’t be anything major) Google still makes their cash because that user is still using their services and is still tied into their ecosystem.

Long story short Apple provides probably the best streamlined ecosystem compared to Amazon and Google, when the user completely buys in to Desktop, Phone, Tablet, and TV. However we all know the majority of people operate in mixed platforms something Like iPad, Android Phone, Windows Desktop, and an Apple TV or Roko. When that is the typical device make up of a user it is inevitable that the company that wins the Ecosystem war will be the company that has more interoperabillty between the different platforms.

So who wins? I honestly don’t know I think the battle for the Television space will play a huge role on how the ecosystem battle shifts. I do feel Google is winning on the shear fact Android has more users, and their services are accessible to more people regardless of platform. As Google begins to create more native Apps on iOS rivaling Apples services Google can start making huge jumps ahead.



The things you do will always catchup with you in the end. Whether good or bad, what you do will always effect what you get in return. It’s the way it is and it will always be the way it works. The only thing we can do is go on, live with the rewards or consequences, and move on. Can’t dwell on what has been done, because its done and finished, and there is something which comes next. Progress is key, one must continue moving. Fix what can be repaired and invest what we have earned. Live and learn, keep what you have done right, and lose what you have done wrong.

Life comes at you in very interesting ways, but in the end you learn to live with what is tossed at you. The storm maybe heavy now, but it will not always be, the sun will shine again, and you will be ready for the next storm which lies ahead. I cannot dwell on that which is lost or regret the reasons why it is gone, but to cherish what is still there, and to build upon what is still left. What I have lost another will find, and I hope they love and cherish it as much as I did. It was a beautiful thing, but the show must go on.

To all my peoples…I love you all to death. You guys are great. But to my 3 first loves, you are my are the reason I am me. I may no show it, but without you a part of me would be gone. Life begins with family, and family begins with you. Eliada, Emi, and Chidi…Love you much.

Attention Fellas!!: Beware of the Smut (Yeah I said it!!!)

Now I know some folks may have read Chidi’s note on the Nice Guy, and you haven’t I suggest you do…but, what about the guys. Is there anything we need to watch out for?

YESSSS!!!! The Smut. Now you may ask, “HeCareth what the hell is a smut?” And I would explain this to you to the best of my ability. First off let me give credit where credit is due…to Ronald White…piano player extraordinare. who enlightened my vocabulary with the ever so useful adjective, “Smut.” and I digress

A Smut in this sense is a higher level Slut, someone that all dudes should be aware of. You see, unlike the slut the smut is very undercover and comes off as a very sweat girl, which any dude will love to date. She is not a Slut, because it is not public information that she gets around. Which is why smuts are smuts, they know how to keep things generally under wrap. The truth of the matter is that she is an undercover slut, don’t get it conscrewed.

“The Obvious Smut”
First off, dudes, no female with class is going to chase you. That is not the way things work. Yes she might leave clues, and little flirts here or there to draw you in, but she will not out rightly come after. Some of you guys think you some Playa status because you got all these little girls come after like you a movie star. Ummmmm….no. Think about it, if you can get her that quick…so can everyone else. Soooo….she just might… a Smut.

“Smut By Association”
The term birds of a feather flock together, comes into to play here. Smuts role together. It’s like their they’re to back each other up when their conscience whispers in their ear, “You know….your s smut.” That means for all you nice, lovely, ladies..who happen to have a smut or 2 in your need to be weary that their smutness does not rub off on you. Yeah, stop taken advice from Smuts. ITS NOT GOOD ADVICE!!! Honestly if a guy sees that one is a Smut, he is automatically going to think that whoever hangs out with her is just as easy. And if the smut just happens to be the more powerful influential one…well…..hey….she may not be smut…but she may have smut tendencies.

“Good Girl Gone Smut”
Now we get to the worst type of Smut. Yeah she was nice before but then she came across the “Good Guy”. And yes she was this Good Guys “Creep” (reference Chidi’s not for more information). Sooo what do you expect. She mad man….she very mad, because guess what? She was on Creep status….so yeah….she never got the dude. She got played. So the playee becomes the player. First off she don’t care about your feelings, the nice guy snatched that away before you got to her. She will use you, abuse you, and lose you…and in the meantime make you feel like you’re King Kong. You must remember that she used to be Good Girl so she knows how good girls are supposed to act. She also had to deal with a Nice Guy, so she knows how to read guys…very well. Most of the time you only find out home girl was a smut because she messed with some dude a little bit too close to your circle. First off you can tell because she lets get away with a little too much, meaning you are not that why get angry. Also check her friends…smuts tend to have bookoo male friends and very little female friends…like one, and she probably is a smut too. These females tend to lose many female friends because of their smutty ways..i.e “You slept with my boyfriend!!! How could you” Finally, if your boys really can’t give you an opinion of your girl, any opinion like, “Yeah..she’s nice.” or even “I don’t like your girl”, and they tell you something along the lines of, “Well, I don’t know, she’s your girl.” hmmm…welll….she might be a smut.

In the end, all I can say is fellas…leave the Smuts for the “Nice Guys”, they will get along just fine playing with each others emotions.

The Yes, No, Maybe Theory by HeCareth M. Wosu

By HeCareth M Wosu
Sometime in 2003

Male and Female interaction in regards to courting each other is interesting. To say the least I sometimes wonder how two certain people got together. I mean seriously have you ever wondered how even you hooked up with your so called significant other. Well in the end the conversation becomes circular and you always end up where you started, “I don’t know”

Anyway through some of my crazy ideas and thoughts and through observing friends, family members, and acquaintances go in and out of relationships, I came up with my own theory to one question that sometimes boggles my mind, “How did that happen?” Which my baby sister wrote a poem on that some may have heard. Prop’s you little Nugget.

Yes, No, Maybe….To the fellas, just because you always seem to get whatever girl you talk to does not necessarily mean you got game for days. You may not be that fly. The difference is you just have a better idea of where you stand with that female. And so I explain.

It starts like this, when girls and guys are in a social setting i.e. party or get together, everyone is always noticing everybody else. Guys are basically thinking in their head what girl is my target for tonight. To us it is not that complicated we go with a “Divide and Conquer” approach. Now for the ladies I feel it is different. Girls observe and notice guys and basically put labels on every guy in the room. A yes guy, a no guy, or a maybe guy. Let me explain further.

Some of us have the pleasure of always talking to the girl that regards us as a “Yes Guy.” So what does that mean? It means that when you speak to this female it’s not about what you said. She already decided she will go out or entertain you no matter what foolishness came out of your mouth. She was waiting for you to come to talk to her. In her mind she already knew that you may say something silly or you may say something beautiful, but it didn’t matter. If you asked her out, she will say yes. The only thing you really had to do was say, “Hey, want to go out?” Your job is done.

Then some of us have the bad luck of running into that girl that regards us as a “No Guy.” This is where those of us who think we are Super Pimps come back to reality. It is the exact opposite of the yes guy. You can say the sweetest thing imaginable that will pull almost any girl, but she will still tell you no. Why? Because before you walked up to her she noticed you and decided that for some reason or another she is not and will never be interested in you. So you coming to speak to her is just…well, hot air.

Now the maybe guy. By now you have figured this one out. When a girl labels a guy as maybe it means what you say can either make you or embarrass you. The difference between the maybe guy and the rest, is that how far you get is dependent on what you say or do.

The key is in the end, we never have the control. The final decision is always on the females end. No matter what you think went down, you only got as far as she let you. How’s that for an ego buster. Sucks huh?

This is for my 3 sisters who forever remind me that I will never understand ladies, and to every single girl I have been with or who completely embarrassed me. And to my boy Aaron, my always unknowing research subject for the past 6 years, LOL. You made this theory possible.