Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Oct 2013 09:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

I think many who extol Android's flexibility fall into the tinkerer category, including some tech bloggers. They love all the ways they can customize their phones, not because they're seeking some perfect setup, but because they can swap in a new launcher every week. That's fun for them; but they've made the mistake of not understanding how their motivation differs from the rest of us.

A whopping 70%-80% of the world's smartphone owners have opted for Android over iOS. You could easily argue that 3-4 years ago, when Android was brand new, that it was for early adopters and tinkerers. To still trot out this ridiculous characterisation now that Android is on the vast majority of smartphones sold is borderline insanity.

Choice is not Android's problem. People who assume out of a misplaced arrogance that they represent the average consumer are the problem.

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RE[2]: It's cheap
by arcterex on Wed 16th Oct 2013 18:51 UTC in reply to "RE: It's cheap"
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Just because the people *you* know use high end androids doesn't mean anything (no offense). From what I understand from talking to my android using (and advocating) friends about fragmentation of the OS versions (something like 30% of android is still on 2.2 IIRC), the reason for this is tons of cheap phones sold in india/china/etc that are as close to feature phones as you can get. In north america I think we have a far different view of iOS vs Android and what our friends and family uses.

On one hand the "Fandroids" will boast that they have bigger numbers, 70% of the market, a bazillion activations a day, etc.

On the other hand when you bring up OS fragmentation, they (and in this case I am meaning my two raving android fanboy friends), they handwave away the 30% running an ancient OS because those are just throwaway phones who's owners would never buy apps anyway.

FYI the original discussion was about OS fragmentation and the burden it gives developers of android apps vs ios apps where the adoption rate of new OSs is very fast and the distribution of iOS versions in the market is MUCH more skewed to newer versions, and therefor it's easier for iOS developers to use the new shiny APIs to do interesting things.

Just a thought.

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