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.
Thread beginning with comment 423850
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: The os Mac vs PC war...
by sorpigal on Tue 11th May 2010 16:31 UTC in reply to "RE: The os Mac vs PC war..."
sorpigal
Member since:
2005-11-02

Apple had a first-to-market advantage with the Mac, but simply weren't able to scale it across the market as fast as Microsoft was able to with Windows. While Windows may not have been anything more than a clumsy attempt at implementing a Mac-like GUI environment, it did have the advantage of running on various different hardware platforms. It was able to tap the existing userbase of DOS-applications. The smart ISVs leveraged their DOS-base as they migrated to Windows, others such as Adobe and Microsoft themselves started focusing their core applications on Windows. Macs were ultimately relegated to a niche player in a market they had effectively launched.

...

Setting aside arguments of developer frameworks, App Store control etc., the fact is that in a large and complex market, there are going to be customers emphasizing requirements that Apple will not be able to fulfill. Some users will only settle for a physical keyboard. Some users will want a high-quality camera for photos and video above all else. Some will want large storage for carrying personal files and media around. Some can't or won't sign up with AT&T/insert-carrier-here. Some will sacrifice frills for lower price. And some will certainly want to play their favorite flash games on the go. Unless Apple suddenly breaks precedent and starts offering a wide range of products with varying features, there is a portion of the market they will never be able to reach.


So, to extrapolate a bit, Android can become the Windows of mobile OSes. Without getting in to an OS/2 debate it might help if Android included a compatibility layer that let it run BlackBerry native apps and old Palm apps, this being the closest equivalent of old DOS apps.

After that, the range of competing OEMs will provide the variety of hardware.

Reply Parent Score: 2