“If people are somehow thinking that ‘made in America’ is American top to bottom, they don’t understand the electronics supply chain,” IHS analyst Andrew Rassweiler said in an interview. “You’ve got three flags planted, possibly, in even one piece of silicon.”
For decades, hardware makers have moved production to countries where labor costs are lower, primarily in Asia. The chip industry followed when governments and conglomerates in Japan, Taiwan and South Korea invested heavily to create chipmakers. The industry trend is overwhelmingly toward geographic dispersion and interdependence.
via Google’s All-American Moto X Phone Contains Few U.S.-Made Parts.
I recently placed the Moto X in the number 7 position of my top 10 smartphones for the summer of 2013 and after using it for the last three days I think my selection remains valid. Jason pointed out four fatal flaws with price being one of the major ones I agree with. This AT&T version doesn’t have much bloatware so that is good news.
As a US military veteran and patriotic person, I am pleased to see the Moto X being assembled in the US and that aspect actually has an impact on my purchase decision. At this time, I am more than happy with my HTC One and Nokia Lumia 1020. If the price drops when T-Mobile launches the device and Moto Maker service then I may reconsider picking one up.
I will continue to test out this eval unit for a couple more weeks to evaluate the Google Now voice control, camera, Motorola Assist, and other aspects in more depth.
via Moto X first impressions: priced too high, buttons rattle, exclusives suck | ZDNet.
But it’s no longer about being just as good as Apple. You have to be better. Competitors have built upon the foundation Apple laid in mobile and are now leapfrogging it with bunch of useful features you can’t find on iPhones and iPads.
The evidence is everywhere, but it’s most apparent in products made by Apple’s biggest mobile rival, Samsung.
via How Samsung is out-innovating Apple – CNN.com.