Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th May 2010 14:55 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless When Apple sued HTC, and targeted Android specifically (news which came out of the blue), many people, including myself, were convinced this was Apple letting the world know they were afraid of Android's rising popularity. This notion was laughed away by many an Apple fan, but it turns out that this is most likely far closer to reality than many dare to admit: in the first quarter of 2010, Android conquered the number two market share spot from the iPhone in the US - and by a wide margin too. Update: Added a graph which better shows the trend.
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iPhone can't be a winner
by siki_miki on Wed 12th May 2010 12:57 UTC
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Massive number of Android models available will certainly decrease Apple's market share. So cheap vs. quality - most people are cheap and prefer cheap, especially if the look and feel is similar (a plain glass screen so software makes a difference). App store and all the locking in tricks won't help, Android gained much already and will be well covered by application availability. Problem for Apple is that their strategy was based on being a better package/product than competition, but that no longer holds.

Nokia however is proof that a single company can dominate long in the mobile phone market, so Apple will remain strong, but they lost a chance to create a monopoly in mobile markets. Maybe they need more models. If they continue restrict themselves to a single device (I don't count iphone variants as separate models), Android will just have 20 of them on the same shelf and sell better. OTOH, Apple has a significant loyal user base, so it will continune selling well.

MS also wants a piece of the cake, using same patent troll tactics as with the Novell, but I doubt anyone else will pay except the HTC, which doesn't need another trial right now.

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