The provocative question was asked through a CNN column by Mashable founder and CEO Pete Cashmore. Cashmore’s answer? Yeah, it has.
Cashmore believes that through a myriad of factors–Apple’s exclusivity with the much maligned AT&T, its recent clash with Adobe over Flash (and the subsequent developer backlash) and the rise of attractive Android phones–has combined to create a growing problem for the iPhone’s “coolness”.
“It’s losing in the fight for market share. With Android shipping on a myriad of phones and Apple’s growth limited to its own devices, Google seems destined to win the numbers game. By providing more fertile ground for developers, meanwhile, Google is winning the hearts and minds of app makers. Google’s mastery of the mobile space appears imminent,” Cashmore said, while adding the caveat that Apple’s much awaited next-gen iPhone (and rumored Verizon iPhone) could stem the tide.
So, what do you think dear readers? Has your iPhone lost its mystique? Ready to make the jump to Android?