Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th May 2010 14:55 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless When Apple sued HTC, and targeted Android specifically (news which came out of the blue), many people, including myself, were convinced this was Apple letting the world know they were afraid of Android's rising popularity. This notion was laughed away by many an Apple fan, but it turns out that this is most likely far closer to reality than many dare to admit: in the first quarter of 2010, Android conquered the number two market share spot from the iPhone in the US - and by a wide margin too. Update: Added a graph which better shows the trend.
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by David on Mon 10th May 2010 15:06 UTC
David
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1997-10-01

I, for one, welcome our new Google overlords. But seriously, as an iPhone user, I welcome Android's rise, because it will put pressure on Apple. Will it force them to open up the iphone to non-approved apps? Well, we can hope, but any pressure would be a good thing.

Second, I will point out that the current iPhone 3GS is getting a little stale, and everyone knows that a new iPhone is coming out soon, so it's no surprise that iPhone sales are in the low point in their cycle. I bet that Android phones won't be anywhere near Apple's numbers in the quarter that includes the release of the new iPhone.

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RE: Two Comments
by mtzmtulivu on Mon 10th May 2010 15:34 in reply to "Two Comments"
mtzmtulivu Member since:
2006-11-14

I, for one, welcome our new Google overlords. But seriously, as an iPhone user, I welcome Android's rise, because it will put pressure on Apple. Will it force them to open up the iphone to non-approved apps? Well, we can hope, but any pressure would be a good thing.


The only way apple will be pressured to change their business tactics is if their current ones stop making them money. To continue to give them money by buying into their ecosystem while hope for change seem counter intuitive to me.

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RE[2]: Two Comments
by David on Mon 10th May 2010 15:43 in reply to "RE: Two Comments"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

I agree. And I'm certain that Android's availability on more carriers in the US is a major factor in its rise, so the first pressure that Apple will be feeling will be pressure to "open" the iphone to more carriers, and particularly making a CDMA version available. But if they feel that the open nature of the OS is a competitive advantage that Android is exploiting, then Apple will feel pressured to counter that by opening the iPhone, or at least that's the scenario that I'm laying out.

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