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Mobile Conference Literally Divided Between iOS, Android Users

When it comes to iPhone versus Android, attendees of the VentureBeat Mobile Summit were quite literally divided.

To kick off a session on the mobile platform wars, those with an iPhone were told to sit on one side and those with an Android phone were made to sit on the other. People with other devices should sit in the back, joked session moderator (and venture capitalist) Robert Goldberg.

One attendee shouted out that those with a BlackBerry should just step outside.

Panelist Deutsche Telekom Senior VP Alexander Mitrovic said he, for one, is glad to see some competition.

“As a carrier we do not really care which platform is going to win,” Mitrovic said. “The worst thing for all of us would be if just one or maybe two winners are out there.”

That said, the talk on iPhone and Android dominated the session, with a bit of chat on what Amazon has done with Android separate from Google.

Mitrovic, though, says he expects Microsoft to make an impact, on the tablet side at least, with Windows 8.

“Microsoft is really making a statement right now, bringing a full operating system onto tablets [with Windows 8],” Mitrovic said. “I think we are going to see three players in the tablet space.”


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