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Business - Written by on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 17:39 - 2 Comments

Gautam Lamba
iDon’t? DroidDoes.

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Early last week came the announcement that Arthur Levinson would be stepping down from his position at the Board of Directors at Google, a seat he had occupied for the last 5 years. What this tipped me off to this was the pattern I noticed. Levinson’s departure from the Google board signified a special occasion. With him resigning and Google CEO Eric Schmidt having done so earlier this year; the two boards now have no shared board members. (Al Gore is a common advisor though).

As I came to know about the resignation, the first thought in my mind was that Google and Apple had set the stage to engage in open and overt competition in the consumer markets; that one or the other was about to make their first move to capture market share in the others ‘territory’.

One week on and today came the evidence that proved my theory. Today saw the launch of the ‘Droid Does’ campaign. As most may have guessed ‘Droid’ is short for Android a.k.a. Google’s mobile OS. Some additional details to go along are that it will be released through Verizon (the iPhone is serviced by AT&T) in November.

The product positioning and competitive strategy at play are quite clear, so I’ll just let you watch it.


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Oct 21, 2009 8:23

I watched the video and frankly, that Droid thing at the end scared me! Who the heck do you think this video is for? Gears of War and Halo fans? People that enjoyed District 9? Hard core developers? Because, it had zero appeal to my “feminine” side, so to speak…destructive, cold, complicated, invasive – those are the images I was left with. In fact, I was kind of grooving to the music at the beginning until that Droid thing appeared. Count me out with that video – I’ll stick to my super friendly, easy to use iPhone any day.

Oct 21, 2009 9:12

I believe they are trying to position it to adjust expectations. The phone (motorola CLIQ – see link below) is not very pretty to look at so I guess, it makes sense to preempt or extinguish any expectations of it looking like the iPhone or the Palm Pre. ‘brains’ before beauty.

To really understand the appeal…go to the 3rd link and read the first comment.


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