Apple iPhone changed the way mobile was being used until last year. Of course leaders always play a great role to keep people busy thinking about them, according to them. Steve Jobs' strategy always work to make people act on his terms. This is the way Apple works and expand.
Another hit to industry by Google this year - Google G1, in collaboration with HTC. Thumbs-up to Android team and open source community, who collectively made it possible to give second revolutionary mobile phone to world and first ever open source mobile platform. Google's approach is entirely opposite from Apple, they always let people use their products the way they want to use, and same for G1 also. The platform is open source, hence you don't need to bother about AppStore like dependency for development. High-end touch responsiveness of G1 makes it pleasure to use handheld, and full size keyboard is an example of perfect typing practices than a virtual reality. G1 is a multitasking environment, and leads iPhone by giving ability to run multiple apps at the same time.
In 1991, Linus Torvalds gave the world's best operating system "Linux" with open source model, and today G1 is a second milestone in the history of open source success.
I have been a Linux user for over 5 years and always fond of experimenting new things in the platform until I bought my first Mac in August 2006 and then iPhone in December 2007. Now with the unsure news of Google G1 availability in India from December 2008, I am again curious to go back into Linux world by replacing my mobile gadget first. I hope to look forward using it soon, and post more about the first revolutionary phone on Linux OS.