2013 might well be known as the year that the race to the bottom really heated up. As in the sport of limbo, smartphone manufacturers see how low they can go with the price of their wares. Racing to the bottom is nothing new. It happens in every industry. I don't just want to note the fact that it happened, but also the reasons. And since it really is a race, we might even take a brief look at who is winning.
Do you remember when Android first came out? Does anybody? The internet has a very short memory, So let this be a reminder; Android was actually in development before the iPhone was introduced. Here is something else you may have forgotten. Android was originally a clone of the Blackberry OS. At the time, the was no iOS to copy. Once the iPhone was unveiled, Google scrapped their Blackberry clone, and started making an iPhone clone.
Remember the Motorola Razr? It looked nice, was expensive and profitable, and people liked it. Sure, it was a piece of junk, with a failure rate that rivals the original Xbox, but people liked it. Today, Motorola is repackaging their junk. These days, motorola has the stink of bottom feeders. Their phones are dirt cheap, unprofitable, people don't like them, and they look like the junk they are. Say hello to the Moto X and the Moto G.