Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jun 2013 13:03 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Market trends in Western Europe are not looking good for Apple's iPhone. 'Apple's iOS continues to lose ground as market share declined to 20% from 25% in 1Q12 [first quarter 2012]', IDC said Tuesday. Android, meanwhile, is gaining operating system market share, up 14 percent year-to-year in the first quarter. 'Android continues to dominate the smartphone landscape', according to IDC. In the quarter, Google's OS shipped 21.9 million units and market share increased to 69 percent in the first quarter of 2013 from 55 percent in last years' first quarter." On top of that, Apple got knocked out of the top five in India, where it's also bleeding market share. The America-centred large technology sites that dominate our reporting often fail to spot this huge problem for Apple: the company is only doing well in the US. It's losing everywhere else. And just in case you don't know: 'everywhere else' is 95% of the world, and that's where future growth is to be found. The fact that Apple hasn't addressed this yet is exactly why its shares aren't doing stellar anymore.
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by backdoc on Wed 26th Jun 2013 13:54 UTC
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My guess is that a large part of the reason is that iTunes sucks so badly. I have an iPhone. My contract is up in 3 months. Unless Apple pulls a rabbit out of their hat between now and then, I'm almost certainly going to switch to Android. My reason has nothing to do with the device or the OS or even the walled garden. Well, I guess the walled garden is partly why iTunes sucks as bad as it does.

The fly in the ointment is that I have a couple of apps on the iPhone that I really like. If there are no Android alternatives of equal quality, I might have to reconsider.

But, the point is that I think iTunes sucks so badly, it runs people off from the iPhone. It's certainly driving me away.

Oddly, I've been an avid Linux user for about 13 years or more. I love Linux. But, I've never been real impressed with Android. I think it's the java layer. So, when/if I do switch, I want to find a phone that I can load Ubuntu mobile on it. I have high hopes for Ubuntu on mobile devices.

Edited 2013-06-26 13:55 UTC

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