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Google’s Instant Apps is the power grab that ActiveX couldn’t make

Google’s Instant Apps is the power grab that ActiveX couldn’t make

Instant Apps will succeed where ActiveX failed. Better compartmentalisation and centralised management will secure it, and users will appreciate it, but the real winner will be Google who squashes alternative app stores and outmanoeuvres alternative Android distributions, all in the interest of providing greater web-site functionality.

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Stijn Schuermans

The 3 key Apple Watch features that nobody talks about. Yet.

The 3 key Apple Watch features that nobody talks about. Yet.

If Apple wants to create a new, large product category out of smart watches, it must empower developers to discover new uses.

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Stijn Schuermans

The trillion dollar choice for car makers: control or cooperate?

The trillion dollar choice for car makers: control or cooperate?

Will the car become little more than a smartphone accessory on wheels? This question is highly relevant after the recent CarPlay and Android Auto announcements. Car makers face a choice that could well determine their success for many years to come: keep tight control over the in-car experience, or cooperate with Apple and Google and benefit from the immense value that they have created. But do car makers have a choice at all?

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Stijn Schuermans

Who will be the iOS and Android of IoT?

Who will be the iOS and Android of IoT?

Put together, the announcements at Google I/O and from Apple, Samsung, Nest, Quirky and others in the past weeks paint a crystal clear picture of where the future of the Internet of Things is heading. Our latest report on the topic gives you the right tools to separate winners from losers in the IoT race. In this post, we line up the candidates in smart homes, smart cars and health.

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Stijn Schuermans

From 4 to 4000 apps: disruption deja-vu in the car industry?

From 4 to 4000 apps: disruption deja-vu in the car industry?

What if cars were like mobile phones? There are some eerie similarities between the approaches of car makers in 2014, and operators and handset makers in 2008. Will car makers be disrupted in the same way that the mobile industry was? Senior analyst Stijn Schuermans shares his feeling of deja-vu.

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