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Apple, Google, Microsoft, and RIM have all shown off the next phases of their OS, and starting fall, things are gonna heat up. Here's a look at who I think will be the winners and losers.
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Hopefully the new PDK initiative from Google will mean faster upgrades. But then again...it's probably just wishful thinking.
 
Junesanity indeed, +Jessica Dolcourt but don't you think that Jellybean will roll out a lot quicker than ICS did since a lot of the improvements announced were app related rather than framework related? And how awesome would it be if Nokia's backup plan is a downloadable Android ROM that can work on all the old abandoned Lumias. :)
 
RIM does not belong in the same club, they are a dead duck :) and I think despite Microsoft pouring billions into mobile, they will end up as  a dead duck too.
 
Great piece, +Jessica Dolcourt ! I enjoyed reading your piece. My take is Apple will continue to expand its lead as both Microsoft and Google stumble in the next round with fragmented or too little to late OSes.
 
+Jessica Dolcourt I am not sure why exactly, but this sentence bothers me; "Google has made search front and center in Jelly Bean, so that it looks and feels more like Siri."  I am pretty sure that this was not Google's intent for Adding Google Now to Jelly Bean. Personally I don't see much of a resemblance between Google Now and Siri.  Functionally, they are similar but certainly not the same.   


And this is at best presumptive: "Compare this momentum to Google's Jelly Bean roll-out, which will be slow and fragmented as always as the manufacturers and carriers test and slowly deploy updates to select phones, starting with Samsung's Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, among them." While this may have been a fairly consistent trend in the days leading up to now, we really don't know just how long it will take to get JB tested and deployed yet. The Carriers could surprise us as Google is expected to.  
 
agreed, Google now is both cool and really useful, Siri is useful for asking some humorous questions, its practical usage is pretty low. Google Now only makes the gap between google and competitors on the utility/productivity front much bigger, Apple has to rely on various substandard webservices like Yelp etc to get the data, whereas Google controls all of the important data.
 
+Mike Minor Just a reminder that Google Now is not voice search. It's the predictive feature that looks at your GPS and calendar, etc to tell you when to leave for an appointment, get you bus schedules, etc. What I'm talking about is the fact that Voice Actions is now accessible by swiping up from the bottom of any screen, and that you get a totally new UI that tells you when to talk. It also returns information in a new UI and speaks back to you, yes, like Siri.
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