MacDailyNews Take: Uh, gee, yeah… Especially since, if iPhone didn’t exist, neither would Android (beyond being a BlackBerry clone as originally intended).
“The latest evidence comes from Deutsche Telekom, which announced plans to sell the iPhone at T-Mobile USA this year,” Yarow writes. “For years, T-Mobile has wanted the iPhone, but Apple refused to make iPhones that ran on T-Mobile’s network. It probably wanted more money to do that than T-Mobile was willing to pay. Rather than cave to T-Mobile, the reverse happened, and T-Mobile changed its network to work with iPhones.””
Yarow writes, “Think about that for a second… If Android is so popular, and winning over so many customers, then why does T-Mobile need to bend over backwards to get the iPhone? Why does T-Mobile think it can’t be sustainably competitive without the iPhone? The only conclusion we can reach is that Android, despite its big market share gains doesn’t have any real traction with normal consumers. This is a big problem for Google.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Perhaps, with all of those unending “Buy One, Get X Android Phones Free” promos that jack up raw unit sales numbers, so that the once-innovative, admirable, and original Google can feel good about themselves rather than confront the thieving, soulless, Apple knockoff leeches that they’ve become, the Fragmandroid settlers are fishing our their fake iPhone and throwing out the bag with the others inside. When you price your wares at $0, it shouldn’t be surprising that people don’t value them and treat them like trash.
Take the market share percentages for Android and flip them and what do you get? Profit share, baby. Profit share.
Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers "Fred Mertz" and "Dan King" for the heads up.]
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