Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Mar 2014 23:55 UTC
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Stuff such as United's new offering generally arrives on Android sooner or later, and there are whole categories of apps - such as alternative keyboards - that are Android-only.

Much of the time, I'm an Android user myself, so I'm happy when something is available for Google's operating system and sorry when it isn't. But despite the fact that iOS's market share is much smaller than that of Android, and has been for years, Apple devices are still nearly always first in line when a major company or hot startup has to decide where to allocate its development resources. That's a dynamic that pundits keep telling us makes no sense - but it's happening, and its an enormous competitive advantage for Apple. 'Sounds like a victory to me.

iOS has won the application wars.

Sure, you have to disregard those gazilion Android applications iOS could never support (keyboards, launchers, SMS applications, browsers, task switchers, lock screens, etc., and so on, and so forth), but if you do that, then yes, iOS has won.

The tortoise is faster than the hare. Sure, you have to cut off the hare's legs first, but then, sure, yeah, the tortoise is faster.

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RE: who pays the most?
by ricegf on Sat 15th Mar 2014 15:22 UTC in reply to "who pays the most?"
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The other perception is that a greater number of android users over iPhone users pirate apps.

Is that really a perception? I have a really hard time finding a general interest app that lacks a free version, and those that aren't are usually $0.99 or so. Why would anybody bother to violate copyright on those?

Once I've used and enjoyed a free app for a while (in my case, Ruzzle and Words With Friends come to mind), I pay the nice people my $0.99 or whatever, and skip the ads.

A few million here, a few million there, and pretty soon we're talking real money!

So can you point to a major news source for the perception that Android apps are subject to frequent copyright violation? Or even hijacking a ship at sea, for that matter?

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