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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Its Microsoft that should be worried
by Tony Swash on Mon 10th May 2010 17:02 UTC
Tony Swash
Member since:
2009-08-22

Android's main threat is to Microsoft as most phone makers will prefer a free OS (and one that has actually been released) to one that has a license fee - and MS's whole business model is based on that license fee.

Apple will continue to sell iPhones in increasing numbers in the US and across the global market for a long time yet (until the market is saturated) and will continue to make very handsome profits doing so. As a company they have never sought to dominate market share for its own sake - rather they are fixated on making truly excellent products (you may disagree about whether they succeed but that is their intention) which also makes lots of money.

The iPhone is part of the bigger mobile/touch revolution, which is rendering the desktop a backwater, and in this new market Apple continue to have a unique set of advantages and will therefore be a major force for the foreseeable future. At this point it looks like Google will be the other major player and Microsoft may well fade into relative obscurity and irrelevance.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Android's main threat is to Microsoft as most phone makers will prefer a free OS (and one that has actually been released) to one that has a license fee - and MS's whole business model is based on that license fee.


MS plans on selling games and apps with their existing xbox live system.

Android is providing some good competition but it still sucks when it come to games. There's no movie rental service either.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Android is providing some good competition but it still sucks when it come to games.

That will definitely change when Unity3D comes out for Android. Their early builds are very good.

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Fettarme H-Milch Member since:
2010-02-16

Android's main threat is to Microsoft as most phone makers will prefer a free OS (and one that has actually been released) to one that has a license fee - and MS's whole business model is based on that license fee.

Microsoft already gets license fees from HTC because of Android: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2010/apr10/04-27mshtcpr.ms...

Android isn't any freer than patented MPEG codecs.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Microsoft already gets license fees from HTC because of Android:

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2010/apr10/04-27mshtcpr.ms...

Android isn't any freer than patented MPEG codecs.


Unfortunately there are some out there who some how equate open source equally patent free; As I noted previously, there is no such thing as a piece of software not infringing on some patent some where - as soon as you move beyond a basic hello world programme you're going to hit a patent somewhere along the lines. I wouldn't be surprised whether other patent holders are simply allowing Android to slide or waiting for the same time to pounce.

I think the biggest problem with Android is that you're licensing it from no one, so if the sh-t does hit the fan it'll be you the OEM who takes the fall and not the software licenser. If you go and licence Windows Phone 7 then Microsoft takes on that responsibility as so far as patents go but if you go with Android then you're opening you're self up for a bag of hurt because you're responsibility for whether there are patents infringed (as so far as software is concerned).

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