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Despite its bargain basement price tag, the Moto G has a 4.5-inch, 720p LCD TFT display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2,070mAh battery. Aesthetically, the Moto G looks almost identical to the Moto X, with a very similar shape and feel. The biggest differences are the front-facing camera and rear speaker, which are on the left of the Moto G while they are on the right of the Moto X.
Previously available only in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Isis has gone nationwide with its rollout at gas stations, grocery chains, department stores, and other retail locations. The system is compatible with thousands of contactless payment terminals, so users will be able to simply place their phone on specific area of a register and then have payment collected. Coca-Cola vending machines, Jamba Juice, and Toys R’ Us are among the participating stores, but a map showing nearby locations that accept payments can be viewed here.
Isis, the mobile payment joint-venture by three of the largest carriers in the United States, has officially gone nationwide today. After several delays and a lengthy testing phase in only two markets, consumers can now pay for items with their smartphones at thousands of locations throughout the US.
There is, however, a big shift in the balance between Apple and Samsung over the past 18 months. As late as Q1 2012 Apple commanded 73% of smartphone profitability, down from 75% the previous quarter. At that point the two held 99% of sector profitability. In Q1 this year Apple’s share of profitability was down to 69% but has since slipped to 55%, while Samsung has climbed from 34%.
Philips’ broader definition of a product, devices that include software, services, and connection, is taking them on a different journey, one that brings consumers into the product development loop, and forces product managers to develop long term community engagement plans. That route is not yet proven but it chines with the times.
Today’s news that Apple and Samsung continue to dominate all smartphone profitability, excluding that earned by Chinese companies, isn’t exactly unexpected but the implications run deep for companies in the device business.