Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Mar 2010 09:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless There are various trains of thought regarding Apple suing HTC, and one of them is that Apple feels threatened by Android's rise in popularity. Some laughed this away, but when you look at recent statistics regarding mobile web usage, it becomes pretty clear Apple has every reason to feel threatened by Google's mobile operating system.
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Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

What I'm trying to say is that taken out of context, the percentage figures are pretty meaningless. It is like extrapolating the total number of cars on the road from counting the traffic on one highway for one day.


You're the one doing the extrapolating. Nobody is talking about these figures being indicative of sales figures (in fact, I specifically mention they're not in the article), except for you.

what these figures indicate is that in mobile browsing, something more or less launched by the iPhone and can thus be seen as a traditionally iPhone-heavy area, Android is starting to take over. That's big.

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mrhasbean Member since:
2006-04-03

what these figures indicate is that in mobile browsing, something more or less launched by the iPhone and can thus be seen as a traditionally iPhone-heavy area, Android is starting to take over. That's big.


I still fail to see how "that's big" except in the way all statistics are - for marketing purposes. The largest demographic for Android users is those who are more tech savvy. Those users will also generally be much heavier 'net users on their phones - there are probably more iPhone users who've never browsed the 'net on the device than there are Android users in total. There are also now more choices in the marketplace for devices that are capable of this, so of course it would be expected that iPhone's percentage share would fall - if you're the only cab on the rank you're going to get all the business but as soon as another turns up... But of course you can read into the figures what you will. I think it's just good healthy competition - as it should be.

What will be more interesting to see is if Android does become the dominant player whether certain people will judge Google by the same yardsticks they've used for Apple. I suspect not - the comments about Windows Phone 7 have been a prelude to that.

Because we all know that Android is open so its good whereas iPhone is closed so it's evil. And Google is totally user focussed, they've got no interest in profit at all so their intentions will always be pure and selfless unlike Apple who are just "inherently evil" money grabbing scum building products with the sole intention of ripping people off. That's right isn't it Thom?

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joaomcarvalho Member since:
2009-01-22

Apple is very different from Google and from other mobile companies like Nokia. They prefer closed ecosystems, and they try to monopolize everything on mobile experience, from apps development to media consumption in general. I do have an IPhone and a Symbian based device and I can do a lot more on the Symbian. Iphone OS interface and the apps are cleaner but I still prefer the Symbian openess (I can install multiple apps, from multiple repositories, develop my own without permission from anyone, browse and download ebooks, music, sync with 3rd party apps or by drag and drop, etc, etc).

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Because we all know that Android is open so its good whereas iPhone is closed so it's evil. And Google is totally user focussed, they've got no interest in profit at all so their intentions will always be pure and selfless unlike Apple who are just "inherently evil" money grabbing scum building products with the sole intention of ripping people off. That's right isn't it Thom?


1) All companies are inhernetly evil. I've said so about Apple, Microsoft, and yes, Google. As usual, your hatred towards me is completely unjustified. Not that I've come to expect anything less from the likes of you.

2) I have an iPhone, and I love it, and wrote an incredibly positive review about it (as well as writing only positive reviews about Apple products). Convenient fact the likes of you forget simply because it doesn't fit within your set paradigm of me being anti-Apple. Basic cognitive dissonance theory at work there. Predictable.

3) I find the lack of copy/paste on WP7S just as dumb as I found it when the iPhone came out. I find the lack of multitasking, while understandable from a hardware point of view, just as annoying for WP7S as I find it on the iPhone.

As usual, people like you try to shove all sorts of opinions into my mouth, even if I state very clearly I do not hold them, only because you want to paint me black in your black and white world. I dare to point out flaws in The Apple and His Steveness, and Apple zealots such as yourself can't handle that.

That's okay, you can't help it. Everybody can recognise the patheticness of it all.

Edited 2010-03-29 12:36 UTC

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

The largest demographic for Android users is those who are more tech savvy


That's no longer the case and hasn't been the case for a while now.

In fact, I'm puzzled why people keep making this point when I've found my G1 (read: the 1st Android handset) easier to use than my Smasung and Sony Erricson non-smart phones.

Android really isn't that much different from the iPhone in terms of usability (ok, it lacks some of the graphical gleem, but it's not far off).

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