TFP: While Android and iOS have gobbled up most of the mobile market, Android is quickly making its own lead at iOS’s expense.
Not surprising at all. With Apple slow to innovate and available on only a few devices, the inevitable was bound to happen. Really, they are a glorified BlackBerry in terms of what they offer now versus the past.
I was about to make a comment about RiM and Apple just now too. RIM got complacent and lazy. They were sure that their BBM and enterprise end users would keep them floating happily along as they released rehashes of their product with marginal improvements. Well guess what - It wasn't enough and they are in all likelihood finished because they weren't fast enough to innovate. I would love for nothing more than to see them them fail but I think we still have a little while before that really happens.
i agree with you and Racer.
lack of innovation drives down sales.
it happened to RIM with the BIS and BBM. it happened to Nokia where at one stage Symbian was the king of mobile OS'. it will happen to iOS and android as well if there is a lack of innovation.
i mean why would i wanna buy another phone for 2 new features....makes no sense.
lol, I had a Blackberry and I was too stingy to pay the extra 5 dollars for Blackberry Internet Service. :P Now I've got a Galaxy S3, so now I can use my data plan now. :D
I would rather have Apple than Android devices. From a developer and user experience standpoint, they are both superior on iOS than Android. I hate how, I go to Amazon Android Market and you find apps you can't use all the time. On iOS that is clearly spelled out and far easier to test by developers. As much as I like open source (Android is barely open source), and all, but the fragmentation kills any serious consideration for me.
Without a doubt, fragmentation is one of its biggest downfalls. I've always felt that Google needs to force 3rd parties to standardize their systems, UIs, etc. I loved the Sony Xperias for instance but their slow to update process was a huge turn off.
from a developer standpoint maybe, but from a consumer standpoint fragmentation is hardly there. the play store is very good at only showing you apps that are compatible with your device (unlike amazon...) and ux standpoint? thats an entirely subjective point.
But there have been a number of apps that simply don't work with some mobile devices that seem to be more than capable... but yea it would be more of a problem on the developer level. I remember seeing someone testing an app and they had an entire table laid out with droids just to make sure if worked on a majority of devices.
@duplissi: "from a developer standpoint maybe, but from a consumer standpoint fragmentation is hardly there." That is actually quite far from the truth. Have any of you researched the problem? http://functionsource.com/p... That is for browser, not even apps!
Not surprising at all considering there's like fifty different Android phones that you can get at Cricket for thirty bucks compared to one Iphone.
and they were also able to afford a PS3 game, dinner at BK, some extra fruits from the corner store. Oh well. Their loss, right?
No I'm not gonna trash anyone for the phone they use, I own a Droid 3 and love it. What I am saying is just like the computer market there are way more computers running windows at a cheaper cost, so of course they should be ahead in sales. Even despite that Ios still has a great market share.
Oh I thought you were one of those fanboys. Good argument then. Good to see you're on both sides of the fence.
I don't think its eating away at Apples share, both are growing at amazing speeds. The market is getting larger, and free and low end android phones will be counted in those surveys.
Still Apple is king, one iPhone and iPad a year is giving competition to 10-12 android smartphone and 5-6 android tablet.
Stand aside, fanboy. Android is taking over.
i can get a galaxy y or galaxy ace for about $90 soo that rite thier is where android wins, even though i would buy a s2 or s3 before a iphone. Apple phones are pretty and easy to use, android o/s takes time to learn and thier are tons of diff phones to use it on. even windows phone 7 can be alot better than it is and challenge the market place, soo apple better watch out RIM is a joke since WHATS APP BBM is almost absolete.
Like a few have mentioned here already the reason for the massive uptake of android devices is down to the diverce choice of handsets accross a scalable range of hardware specs. I have an iPhone 4 and most of my friends and family are impressed with it but as it only comes in two options (iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s) which are pretty expensive either as an outright purchase or on contract most of the people I know just can't justify the money outlay. Once you let them know that thier is a cheaper option that does all that the iPhone does at a fraction of the price then within weeks they end up with an android device. Sure most of these are at the urgent end of the range but as long as they can browse the Internet, view Iplayer/tv catch up, check emails and have access to the google play store for games and apps most people are happy, even more so they are over the moon with the savings in their wallet. It's all about covering all your bases with scaled hardware and giving consumers the option get into the smartphone revolution with very little outlay and android allows this where apple is an expensive brand to buy in to.
in future i think we will see the competition between android and windows market !!
I think MS missed their opportunity about....uhmm...3 or more years ago.
Apple are the new Microsoft. Android will prevail and Apple will fail. It's just destiny.
Everyone likes to cheer for the new underdog and bash the king because it's "cool" to hate on whats popular.
The thing is, Android isn't the underdog given that they have a 68 to 16 lead.
Apple is not the king. IOS is horrible. Android is a lot more open and java is better than objective c. Android is where its at.
Apple isn't new M$.. M$ would make crappy product and undersell and try to win the market. They care about user experience, you know what you get with the iphone...
The problem I have with apple is their cocky attitude and all the women and children that think i-crap is cool.
used Windows OS, iOS, BB OS and finally moved to the Droid and I can say ... Apple can not expect to sit this out easy. droid OS with my SG S3... think i can have 30 apps running and still have RAM left to run an entire other phone with apps... that 2 Gigs of RAM is making that phone a beast. Of course you have so many other "choices" out there for cheaper. Wished RIM would of released BBX to have a real chance at giving the consumers more choice. Never can go wrong with some healthy competition.
As the smartphone marketshare grows, androids share will grow.. they are cheaper and easier for a sales person to sell to someone. Apple isn't losing anyone, they have their base of dedicated users. Make no mistake though, every single time Apple announces a new phone.. it will regain any lost ground.
But i still make a lot more money developing for Apple than Android, sadly (because i prefer Android). The Android audience doesn't like to spend money at apps. =[
I'd be interested if they did a survey about whether apple or android had more users running their latest OS. Also be interested in how much each of their app stores is generating in revenue.
Maybe if apple would stop giving us bolony every year with minor upgrades to the phone they would have a bigger fan base. I'm tired of a 3 1/2 inch screen. The rumor is we're getting a 4 inches. Wow......... An extra half inch whoopti do. Who cares about .5 extra inches. Make it 4.5 inches and I'll stop trash talking apple.
I'm super excited for a smart phone with a 10" screen.... that's going to be the cats ass. ***before I start getting disagrees and bubs down that was said tongue in cheek to sandman...you know ..sarcasm? Oh forget it..***
How many different phones are running Android vs Apple phones? Android is running on lots of phones but IOS still has the bigger marketshareIts now spin that all you want.
Please explain how you think iOS has big market share??? Because in the reality iOS isn't even close.
@Lol wut - Clearly you don't understand how to read graphs. Android have a 68% marketshare, while iOS only has 17%. Whether it's the same or different phones is irrelevant. Stop grasping at straws.
My main gripe with the iphone is the proprietary connector & the mandatory use of itunes for uploading content.
The apple is made to be eaten anyway.
After i updated to ICS adobe flash doesn't work so its useless to me now.
I actually want MS to become the new SEGA.
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