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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RE: Why
by tkeith on Thu 8th Aug 2013 13:55 UTC in reply to "Why"
tkeith
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I'll probably get downvoted again for this, but those features are disappearing for a reason. Yes, they probably contributed to the rise of Android(specifically the Moto Droid), but they were solutions to problems that aren't as big as they were back then.

1. Battery technology has improved somewhat, as well as power consumption. Do you really want to replace batteries? I'd rather have a larger one that doesn't degrade.

2. When phones came with only 512Mb of storage this was important, but it creates partitions and separation of data. With 32Gb models becoming common, this is less important.

3. With today's huge screens and great software keyboards, most people are happy without a hardware keyboard. Yes a few of you "get off my lawn" people love them, but face it most don't.

Still the reason these features existed are because of Android's non-locked down nature and multiple hardware vendors. That still stands today and for the foreseeable future.

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