No surprises: the demise of Blackberry and Nokia

Friday saw confirmation of BlackBerry’s near-billion-dollar loss.  BlackBerry and Nokia both tried to muscle their way back into the smartphone game, essentially by imitating the closed model used so successfully by Apple and which they themselves had previously done well by. The grip of the established app stores however, ensured that neither of the impostors would be able to win over either customers or  developers to their cause. Another closed platform simply holds no appeal to a market very much enthralled by what’s already available. Continue reading