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Tech industry observer: Sometimes monopoly is a good thing.

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:07:18 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Tech industry observer: Sometimes monopoly is a good thing. The top tech observer for the New York Times says a shakeout in the smartphone market is coming. David Pogue tells reporters on ISU's campus sometimes there is a convenience reason for having a limited number of players in a market segment. And that's why he thinks windows phones and Blackberry's new smartphone offering won't be around all that long.

"I think they are going to fail. I think the market wants them to fail because it's too many standards. It's too many flavors of apps to buy too many accessories to fit."

But, Pogue says it is unclear how fast things will change.

"That's hard to say. When H-P tried to compete with the Ipad, their own lasted for seven weeks on the market before it was killed. Sometimes it's very rapid. And sometimes, as with Microsoft and Blackberry, they have deep pockets and they can sit there and bleed for a year, two years, three years."

Blackberry just introduced a new smartphone. And Pogue says Microsoft doesn't appear to be close to giving up on its Windows phone even though sales are almost nothing. He says Apple and Android operating systems may be enough for the marketplace.

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