Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th May 2010 18:29 UTC
Google At the Google I/O conference, Google just held its second keynote address, which focussed on Android. The talk was held by Vic Gundotra, and he unveiled a number of new features coming in Android 2.2 "Froyo", as well as some features coming in Froyo+1. The main theme of the entire keynote? Openness and choice, and a whole bucketload of not-so-subtle jabs at Apple. I'd like to apologise upfront for a possible lack of critical notes in this article - I'm still handing out the brownie points to Google for yesterday.
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RE[4]: Comment by phoenix
by Babi Asu on Sat 22nd May 2010 01:51 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by phoenix"
Babi Asu
Member since:
2006-02-11


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Some iPhones can't be updated to 4, and some can but don't get all the new features like the pseudo-multi-tasking, and some apps will certainly break. I haven't condemned Apple for that. It's par for the course. And they're true to their customer base - you get the one model of iPhone, and the one OS upgrade per year (until they drop support for your year), and if that's what you want, Apple's got it. Limited choice, limited change, Steve's patented "great experience". I'm happy for you. But not everybody wants that. Given recent sales figures, quite a *lot* of people don't.

The iPhone that can't be upgraded is the 1st generation, and it was 3 years ago. Compared to last year G1, you can't upgrade to Froyo without being a geek. Can you consider BOGO as sales? It's more suitable to be classified as loss.


It's just a non-issue. If it weren't, why would Android be outselling the iPhone now?

Just wait until iPhone comes to Verizon this summer, you'll see a lot of Android phones on eBay. The sign is clear, AT&T doubled early termination fee for iPhone.

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RE[5]: Comment by phoenix
by ricegf on Sat 22nd May 2010 05:43 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by phoenix"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

"Can you consider BOGO as sales?"

Of *course*. Every single analyst counts them as sales, because they were paid for on contract, activated, and generate revenue. Only myopic Apple fans desperate to believe that Android hasn't surpassed their beloved iPhone in market momentum keep inventing ways to creatively deny reality.

"Just wait..."

OK.

Until iPhone's Phoenix-like resurgence, though, you might want to take a deep breath, accept the shocking truth, and let it go. It's just a phone.

Perhaps you should content yourself with the iPad's success. It's selling like gangbusters, probably playing no small role in depressing iPhone sales growth, and none of those nasty old Android tablets are shipping yet to spoil the fun.

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