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 l3v1 on Sun 16th Mar 2014 14:18 UTC in reply to "who pays the most?"
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I thought i read somewhere that on average iOS users pay more, buy more apps than android users? Sorry i can't seem to find it.

That might have been true for a while, until the Android userbase reached high enough numbers. The - not totally incorrect - perception was, that one can set higher prices if the app is for iOS and users will pay for it if it's any good. However, produce a high enough number of potential users, and suddenly a lower price will produce higher revenue in a larger crowd. The same goes for the quality of apps as well - a higher number of apps brings more garbage, however, there are also more good ones, they're just harder to find for a new user, who doesn't know where and how to look and gets confused by the sheer number of potential junk apps.

Anyway, going back to the topic of the quote, I'd say it's almost as simple as more-users-spend-more. And it's not just the cheapskates and the low income people who are on android these days. But you also have to consider the market you want to target, and in large parts of the U.S. Apple is still held in higher regard.

Edited 2014-03-16 14:19 UTC

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