Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jul 2011 22:09 UTC
Legal Two different graphs. Both happen to be published at Ars Technica, with one of them coming from a different source. Seemingly completely unrelated, but when you ponder the waterfall of recent lawsuit-related news, these two graphs suddenly tell all there is to tell. These two innocent little graphs illustrate why Apple is attacking Android so ferociously.
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Phones vs tablets
by WorknMan on Wed 27th Jul 2011 22:34 UTC
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Of course, this isn't the entire story; the iPad is doing great, accounting for 21% of Apple's revenue, and there's little indication that Android tablets today pose much of a threat. However, the situation was the same with Android smartphones only 18-24 months ago. They were laughed away as geek toys no normal person would buy. Look how that turned out. Give it a few years - maybe even less - and we'll be sitting here all over again.

Well, the difference is that back in the day, iPhones were only available on one (suck-ass) carrier in the US, which pushed a lot of people (including myself) towards an Android phone. This isn't the case with tablets. Also, I'm sure that some Android phones being a lot cheaper than iPhones is another factor that pushed people in Android's direction, but very few people seem to be taking much interest in the cheap Android tablets (and for good reason, as many of them are crap).

Speaking of the iPhone, the next iteration will be the first time that a new iPhone refresh has been available on Verizon at launch, so I think this is going to answer a lot of questions. Besides iPhones only being available on AT&T, two other reasons why I went Android is because the iPhone was tethered to iTunes, and because of it's crappy notification system. However, all three of these issues will not be a factor going forward.

As for me, I'm still on the fence about whether I'll be jumping ship to the iPhone next time; still waiting for more info on ice cream sandwich. The way I see it, if you're an Android user, you currently have 3 options:

1. Stick with the stock ROM for your phone and have to wait months for updates to come (if they even come at all), plus having to deal with the vendor bloatware
2. Root your phone and rely on hackers working in their spare time for updates, and hope they can build stable roms
3. Get a Google dev phone, and get stuck on a crap carrier (in the US)

IMHO, none of these is an acceptable option, so something needs to change.

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