All-in-One Gadgets: Camera and Gaming Markets Disrupted By iPhone & Smartphones
For many of us, when we're headed out the door, we've got a few key things in-hand: wallet, keys, phone. The functionality of your wallet and keys is bound to remain fairly standard for now, anyway, but how you describe your phone has drastically changed in recent years.
I'm a commuter. The bus and subway play a decent-sized role in my life--an hour to an hour and a half total, daily. Prior to becoming an iPhone user about two-and-a-half years ago, my purse was a little heavier. I routinely carried around a PSP or a Nintendo DS, and more often than not, I also popped my Sony Cyber-shot into the bag. Today, those things stay home. In fact, I sold my PSP a while ago.
Now, it's back to basics: wallet, keys, phone.
New York Times technology writer Nick Bilton noted this morning on their Bits Blog that sites like Flickr are showing a steady increase in iPhone 4 photo sharing. Bilton also goes on to show that sharing amongst point-and-shoot camera users on Flickr is declining.
Are these trends an indicator that point-and-shoot cameras have seen their day? I think so—especially with rumors iPhone 5 will have an 8 mega-pixel camera. And speaking of cameras, this time video cameras, just last week Cisco announced that it was shutting down production of its Flip camera.
Handheld gaming has also seen its share of disruption as well. Both Apple and Android have managed to chip away at that market. According to Flurry Analytics, in 2009 Nintendo's revenue accounted for 70 percent of the handheld gaming market, that decreased to 57 percent in 2010. Apple and Android grew to 34 percent of the market in 2010.
At the end of March, Nintendo released a successor to its stable of handhelds: the 3DS. And PlayStation has announced that a next generation portable device is in the works, with a possible end-of-year release.
Will these new gaming devices also make phone calls and take pictures? Because if not, I'm probably going to forget it at home. Maybe Sony and Nintendo don't want to go down the N-Gage route, but what about some emulator apps for my iPhone?
If you can't beat them, join them, right?