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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RE[7]: Phones vs tablets
by kaiwai on Fri 29th Jul 2011 01:32 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Phones vs tablets"
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Ok, I'll address it. It's not a problem. There.
Alright, actually it is a problem for us, geeks. But believe me, nobody else cares. I had a girlfriend who owned a Samsung Android phone, forget which one exactly (they all look the same to me). She loved it... she had yahoo messenger that's still dominant around here, some photo software to take funny pictures, her email of course, and games. That's all she wanted. She couldn't care less about version numbers. And that's how people are Non-geeks, that is.

I beg to differ, they'll start caring when they hear on BBC World service that there is a worm that is infecting Android phones and they find that they're up shit creek with a teaspoon after finding their handset vendor has left them high and dry. End users only start caring when their $1099 ( ) phone turns into a giant paper weight.

Don't forget, geeks tend to seek out other geeks. Probably we have more geeks in our circles than others ;) But due to my job, I meet a lot of people (and get to know them somewhat). And they are like my ex. Apple actually recognizes this, as they say, it's all about the applications! And right now, the applications satisfy the average customer, and they don't care about OTA updates. They don't even know what OTA is. I asked one of my colleagues - whom I assumed is is at least more computer/tech-literate than the average - if he received the OTA update from HTC (he had a Desire). He had no idea what OTA is, and didn't care. He was very much into cool Android apps though (Layar, AirPaint, etc.).

I don't say the situation is good. I'd rather have 2+ years customer support on each and every Android device. But then again, I'm a geek. I care about those things. And I know which phones to buy, of course. That's why I have the Nexus One running Gingerbread. By the time Ice-Cream comes out, it will be almost 2 years old model. I guess I'll sell it, and buy the next Nexus when it comes out, or perhaps next year. I think the 2+ year lifecycle is alright when it comes to smartphones. The technology evolves at a blinding speed. I recall owning a walkman phone from SE (the W800i) for 4 years, but at that time, nothing interesting happened. The smartphone market is quite different.

I don't know who you know but most people know about hooking their phone up to their computer, synchronising and checking for updates - when you have 'hack attacks' on mobile phones in the news and end users asking, "am I patched up" are they going to be happy that their $1099 phone is now a giant liability because the handset vendor refuses to provide a timely update? for all the faults of Microsoft, if anyone asks me for a device other than iOS I'll always advocate Windows Phone 7 instead (especially considering Mango will be released soon). I'm not against Android or competition but what I am against are organisations who put out products then abandon it at the earliest possible moment whilst their fanboys scream "Apple sucks".

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