This humble post has been gestating in my feeble brain since I attended an Alcatel event
with Howard, shortly before my summer break. I originally set out today to write about "peak Samsung", about how the world's number one manufacturer of smartphones has found itself in a position where it has nowhere to go but down
. But that's not the story, at least not for me. Apple ceded its smartphone bragging rights to Samsung in late 2011
but seems to be doing fine nonetheless; likewise, it's not like Samsung is going to go bankrupt anytime soon.
The story as I see it is the ascendency of the Chinese smartphone industry. Chinese manufacturing
is, of course, nothing new—we all know that American, Korean and Taiwanese brands have had their devices assembled in China for years. But suddenly it's seems like we're at a tipping point where Chinese brands
How did we get here, anyway?