Samsung began selling an iPhone competitor today in the U.S. complete with touchscreen, searchable voicemail, music, GPS … and with better-than-Apple features in maps, video capture, and the ability to watch live TV.
The real story here isn’t that Samsung’s Instinct is $70 cheaper for a few more functions. It’s video — the ability to capture moving images that is beginning to creep into every portable handset. As the world of web and telephony converge into small glass screens, video capture is the revolution, because it is an entirely new way for people to create and share content.
What happens when everyone can broadcast images from everywhere? And what happens to advertisers who count on intercepting and interrupting current video content, when they can no longer get in the way?