purchase of Palm for $1.2 billion seems too little too late for HP
to compete in the smart phone market? As the largest manufacturer of
computers in the world it does seem like HP should be in the smart phone
market, and yet few people realize that HP already sells the iPaq which
isn't even in the top 20 in the smart phone market and falling rapidly.
The iPaq is primarily sold to businesses and relies on the Microsoft
operating system. Which is not where the market appears headed. So HP's
purchase of Palm may have saved the brand for a while, but the odds are
not great for success against the power of Apple and RIM (iPhone and
BlackBerry) to name a few. However, it's definitely worth watching given
HP's market power. Remember HP
acquired Compaq and EDS and Dell acquired Perot Systems to
grow hardware and services markets, and the smart phone is critical.
Apple Purchases Fast Chip Manufacturer
While HP purchased Palm, Apple announced its purchase
of Intrinsity "known for making zippy versions of a computer chip
often found in mobile devices." Surely this gives Apple more power for
its future while making HP's seem even later to this dance.
No Surprise - Now a Degree in Video Game Design
Mason University now offers a video game design. Given the size of
this market it's no wonder that such a degree is now offered. It's a
marvel that video game design degrees are just getting started and
surely more schools will offers degrees in this space. No doubt HP and
Apple will have a role in the video game future, and between smart
phones, iPads, and computers this evolution is interesting to observe.