Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Aug 2013 21:16 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I wrote this almost exactly three years ago, to much debate:

Sure, Apple will most likely still make far more money per sold iPhone device than competitors will per Android phone, but the trend is clear: as much as I love my iPhone, it will be relegated to a ~10% market share figure within a few quarters.

It took a little longer than "a few quarters", but here we are. Android has revolutionised the smartphone market. I'm not particularly happy about that (both Android and Samsung are far too dominant, which is bad for the market and thus for consumers), but there it is.

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by sb56637 on Thu 8th Aug 2013 13:15 UTC
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In my opinion, Android's initial success was due to the availability of hardware features that were unavailable on Apple's offering. The most important were:

1. Removable battery
2. Expandable storage
3. Hardware QWERTY keyboards on several early models

Today, all three of these features are rapidly disappearing on recent and upcoming Android smartphones... leaving us with a plethora of sealed black-box devices that essentially look and act like an iPhone except with less UI polish and poorer quality hardware. Plus a profusion of millions of devices running slightly different variants of Android that can't be updated and will turn into security exploit nightmares as the years go on. Thanks, Android, for the legacy!

--A frustrated Android user

Edited 2013-08-08 13:17 UTC

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