How Android lost global open market share to Apple’s integrated iOS

“Google shouldn’t entertain any comparisons between the future of Android and the history of Windows,” Daniel Eran Dilger writes for AppleInsider. “Or for that matter Symbian, or Java Mobile, or Linux, all of which have struggled in the consumer market despite carrying the same ‘open’ battle flag that Android does now. Additionally, while Microsoft successfully taxed the PC industry with Windows licensing fees for the decade during which it effectively had no competition, Google is not collecting such fees nor it is operating without significant competition.”

“Smartphones aren’t the only battleground in the mobile market,” Dilger reports. “A look at how the Android platform has fared elsewhere only reinforces the reality that Apple’s future in mobile devices, automotive integration, wearables and in the home is going to be impossibly difficult to compete against with an ‘open’ platform that waters down vendors’ ability differentiate their products while holding back the pace of innovation to accommodate low end, mass market volume sales in the interest of spreading Google’s ad empire.”

Much more in the full article here.

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  1. The battle seems to have just begun. Apple could offer App-Link into appliances and building control and information systems with tech like iBeacon and BlueTooth or WiFi. If Apple is not developing it now and selling it to the world, Android may be able to scrape itself of the sidewalk of life and become dominant.

      1. Fridges and stoves can be aware of the food we cook and the recipes we like as well as the food we need to buy. Advertising a sale on a food we need or a food we like can be beneficial to the seller as well as the consumers. Inventory control will become JIT and consumers can be assured of product availability and also we can find out about products that are similar or may appeal to us. Our homes will be able to configure themselves to our personal requirements and comforts.

        Retailers who misuse the technology will be penalized by consumers who will not frequent their stores and avoid their products. I can imagine software tailored to the user rather than the advertiser. Can you? There is no point in advertising to someone who will be turned off by your approach or who will likely never buy your product.

      2. Android is dangerous. An infected or hacked thermostat could be made to run the furnace non-stop. The heat exchangers will eventually crack. If there are no running CO detectors to alarm then the occupants are dead from CO poisoning.

        How about infecting an oven or microwave to run at the highest temperature for an extended period of time? The possibilities to cause harm are endless.

        Remember what Google said about Android being more about the “open” experience than about security? Do you trust Android with your life? The time has come to ban Android out of existence before it is too late and millions die.

  2. Here we go again. Here are the massive differences fro the Mac/Windows battle…

    * FREE to expensive phone range (BOTH iOS and Android) — No initial cost savings staying away from Apple this time!
    * Android getRandomNumber(); // A new iPhone, even the FREE one, gets you the latest OS. A new Android gets you, well, run the random number generator and that’s your OS. UPDATE IT? Sure, you can have an updated Android OS with “this here new phone purchase.”
    * Tablets — Ok, Android wins in the shitty, cheap category here, BUT Android tablets, whether cheap or expensive, still have a massive problem — mostly stretched phone software. The guys who say “that’s good enough” are the same guys who love Java’s Swing look regardless of platform. Yup. Nerds and apologists. iPads have optimized tablet software. Android has shitty tablet software. P.S. You still roll the dice with the OS.
    * Software — Well, since the argument of “more software” was the reason why Windows is better, then iOS is better right? No? Android is better because of why? Free software? That exists on iOS in abundance as well. On both platforms, it’s ad-supported. As a side note, Windows always had more software. The Mac’s software was typically better quality. In the case of iOS vs. Android, iOS wins on quantity AND quality.
    * Android and their “quantity only matters when we’re not talking about Apple” comments — Android is winning because market share is insane. Yup. It is. And please be sure to include that Chinese market share of forked Android. And Amazon’s non-Android Android. Shall I go on?

  3. Tier one products need to match proprietary hardware and software to give ultimate performance.

    Generic software matched to plastic kiddy toys just don’t cut it for people who want performance.

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