Google Android fails to squeeze into smartphone market

Apple Online Store “August was supposed to be the month that Andre Torrez kicked the iPhone habit. Like many tech-savvy early adopters the chief technology officer at Federated Media in San Francisco had had enough of Apple’s omnipresent iPhone,” Dominic Rushe reports for The Times.

MacDailyNews Take: If by “many,” Rushe means a handful of knee-jerk loudmouths who will soon regret their decision, if they don’t already, he’d be right. Otherwise, no.

Rushe continues, “Frustrated by stories that Apple was squeezing software developers and rumours it was blocking applications that could compete with products controlled by Apple and its partners, Torrez decided it was time to switch. Like all good techies he made the move a public event – blogging a day-by-day account of his defection to a G1 phone powered by Android, a mobile software platform developed by Google.”

MacDailyNews Take: Sheesh. That’s like protesting Coke for selling sugary cola by switching to Pepsi. Please see: Google bans tethering app from Android Market.

Rushe continues, “”By day three Torrez’s enthusiasm for the G1 was already waning: ‘I can’t think of one application that works as well as the average iPhone app. I need to keep looking,’ he wrote… By day seven it was over. Queuing to use a cash machine, Torrez found he had even lost the will to Twitter. ‘I give up. I thought it would be fun to see what life was like on a different platform but I think I’ve seen more than enough on this hardware,’ he wrote.”

Rushe reports, “‘On Saturday my family was here to visit and I found myself reaching for the iPhone to check on a restaurant, map some directions, and to check on an order. Given a choice between the two I just could not keep flipping that thing open knowing there were other perfectly good computers nearby … I took the G1 into work today but I came home knowing what I had to do. I switched back to the iPhone,’ [Torrez wrote.]”

Rushe reports, “Good news for Apple. Bad news for Google.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Robert S.” for the heads up.]

65 Comments

  1. These bloggers that do this rant because they fail to realize that Apple is just doing what they have to do to acheive the user experience that the iPhone is known for, are idiots and should realize that everything has a price. I’d love to see them unable to go back to the iPhone even after they reaize their mistake.

  2. Shoot, Android isn’t that bad. Actually it’s pretty good. I chose the iPhone over it since I was with ATT anyways, but if I wasn’t I would certainly consider Android before switching data providers.

    Plus, there are a lot of Android Apps that you just can’t have on the iPhone. Like apps that run in the background, and tethering apps. Yeah, that’s right. There are Android tethering apps that you can download without voiding the phone’s warranty. Their just not in the App Store included with the phone. Unlike Apple, Google does not care to have a monopoly on Mobile App retail. Apple does -you get apps from them or from no one (or risk bricking your phone).

    That’s a monopoly, and the bad kind. Just to further the point, imagine if MS tried to do the same thing with Windows. “To guarantee safety of our customers, we only allow applications for windows that have been carefully checked by us, and don’t duplicated any of the functions already included on your PC.” No, more iTunes, Quicktime, Safari, Firefox, Picassa, Open Office, ect. ect. ect. -on Windows.

    Apple needs to open up their platform to new stores. Quality of Apps won’t decrease, they will increase with competition.

  3. “Frustrated by stories that Apple was squeezing software developers and rumours it was blocking applications that could compete with products controlled by Apple and its partners, Torrez decided it was time to switch”

    ANALOGY: “I am so sick of this Cadillac. OH, look! A shiny red Pinto!!!”

  4. T-mobile MyTouch comes really close to the iphone in a lot of ways. Plus, we have 3 phones, one with full unlimited internet, one home phone and one regular cell phone with 1000 minutes and free calling between them for 100 dollars a month. The home phone line you can call and talk to anyone in the United States for free all day long.

    Try and beat that! I would love to have an iphone but the plans are horribly expensive!

  5. @dallas

    there is one problem with your MS analogy. no one uses an iphone because someone held a gun to their head. well, maybe there are some isolated cases. your rationalization that apple is trying to be MS is off target. they simply have a better product. it is arguable that windows was a better product for consumers (in any version). they are by no means a monopoly in mobile app retail. what google and apple have are virtual monopolies of mindshare. google is barely 50% of search and apple is not even that in smartphones. their mindshare is near 90% level. mobile apps are not just the apps you buy for your smartphone, but also your netbook. apple’s monopoly isolated on the phone they sell that does not have more than half the marketshare does not qualify as any monopopy.

    i’m not trying to apologize for apple, but control of their apps is fundamental to the experience of the iphone. the market will decide whether they are making the right decisions or not, not individuals. just like the government, the market works better when it is driven by the masses and not a few people wanting their personal needs satisfied. those people can make their own phones and writer their own apps.

  6. Funny how people on these forums know what Apple “needs” to do. When they say that, what they really mean is “this is what I need Apple to do.”

    Apple is good at determining its own needs, thank you very much.

  7. @Mackel

    I think you misunderstood me. I do not think Apple is trying to be like MS. Apple is trying to do what MS can’t because the Justice Dept. won’t let them. If MS was allowed to ban iTunes from all PC computers this site would be up in arms (and rightfully so). If MS was allowed to ban Firefox from all PCs 90% of the world would still be using IE 6. *shutter*

    What Apple needs to do is allow downloads of programs from the internet. Before a program is installed, a pop up should appear that says

    “ABC.app is an Application that may contain Malware. Choices: Install, Delete, Search for ABC.app in the App Store”.

    If they did this, they would be completely exonerated in my opinion. But as it stands now, they will not allow Firefox, Opera, Google Voice, Thunderbird, Tethering, etc. because they don’t want to have to compete with those apps. It would be illegal if MS did it, and it’s illegal for Apple to do it. Oh and Google has closer to 90% market share in the US. Which I don’t mind, as they don’t block people from using competing services.

  8. Apparently, Google has learned nothing from Microsoft’s mistakes. Building an OS for other manufacturers to install on their hardware just doesn’t provide a seamless, consistent, compelling user experience.

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