- 20 months ago
I'd like to discuss the fact that we live in a world where in many areas there isn't just enough competition and I don't understand why so many new startups fail.
GPUS: AMD vs NVIDIA
Mobile OS: Android vs iOS
Desktop OS: Microsoft vs Apple
Microchips: AMD vs Intel
Carbonated drinks: Coca-Cola vs Pepsi
Comics: Marvel vs DC-Comics
Shipping: UPS vs FedEx
Credit Cards: Visa vs MasterCard
I could go on, there are many business rivalries but it always seems like one of the competitors always arrive to put a stop to the other, to avoid those companies from creating a monopoly. But that's it. Beyond price control for the consumer, innovation only goes two ways which makes technology progress pretty slowly. There is nobody else doing things that those two companies don't do, in order to increase diversity. Or the alternatives are usually pretty bad or worthless.
But to make a point, let's use G-Sync vs Freesync and AMD vs Intel as examples:
- Why has nobody created an open source, hybrid adaptive sync technology that works with both GPU's?
- Why has nobody created an Hybrid Microprocessor that can work both in AM4 and LGA 1151 sockets?
- Why has nobody created an Hybrid CPU that can switch between Multicore and Single core performance (like, an adaptive CPU)? Think of an Hybrid car which can swap between gas engines and electric engines.
FirefoxOS failed. Opera Browser failed. Ubuntu Touch failed. Blackberry OS failed and they were forces to switch to Android. Other comic companies are basically unheard off. Linux only has like 2% of the Desktop market. Once two businesses have established their domination and created dependence, it on their products, it seems like it's impossible to innovate and change things.
For example, Mobile OS seem to have a dependence on Android apps. At some point, FirefoxOS and Ubuntu Touch announced some kind of compatibility with Android apps, either with an emulator or natively. Sailfish OS needs a proprietary compatibility layer to support Android apps. Even ChromeOS did it.
Basically, it's like saying that if the OS cannot support Whatsapp, nobody is going to use it. Therefore it fails, and its development is abandoned. It's impossible for a company to create a successful, standalone product without having to rely on the competition.