Mobile ecosystems

Published on 13 October 2015

The days of walled gardens have passed and users can now come and go as they please. This results in users being able to pick and choose the services they want from different ecosystems. Our analysis clearly indicates the number of services that a user takes from any one ecosystem will have a non-linear impact on the amount of value that the ecosystem owner can extract in the long term. The iPhone 6 has allowed the iOS ecosystem to extend its lead over principal competitors Google and Microsoft. Facebook and Xiaomi are the two emerging players that warrant close observation.

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