Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Aug 2010 21:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A bunch of figures travelled all over the web this past week regarding Android's remarkable growth. Its growth is indeed remarkable - bigger than the iPhone, bigger than Research In Motion's BlackBerry (in the US, at least). However, as impressive as those figures are, isn't it about time we start comparing platforms instead of devices?
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Comment by Nycran
by Nycran on Sat 7th Aug 2010 10:57 UTC
Nycran
Member since:
2006-02-06

"installation base / user numbers can't be the whole story."

It's not. Surely these factors are also important:

* Ease of finding and purchasing applications on device.
* Quality and cost of developer tools / SDK.
* Platform availability of developer tools / SDK.
* Willingness of user base to spend $$$.

One area where Android has a clear advantage over IOS is in platform availability of the SDK.

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RE: Comment by Nycran
by Timmmm on Sun 8th Aug 2010 18:45 in reply to "Comment by Nycran"
Timmmm Member since:
2006-07-25

Yeah but not quality of the SDK sadly. Eclipse is slow and has a terrible UI, huge swathes of the API are badly or entirely undocumented, and you're forced to write in Java which is a somewhat mediocre language.

Still, at least you can write any app (almost) for Android, and they don't charge you $100 *per year* for the privilege.

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RE: Comment by Nycran
by wirespot on Mon 9th Aug 2010 13:09 in reply to "Comment by Nycran"
wirespot Member since:
2006-06-21

This really comes to the core of the issue at least in the US I think. It was an idiotic decision to lock it down to one provider and unfortunately I think this is going to be one major reason for the Android taking over iOS.


The strange thing is that other countries do it too. There are some in Europe in Asia where the iPhone was and is exclusive to only one carrier. In some countries you can't even get it from the official Apple distributors(!). If you want an iPhone it's from that carrier ONLY and of course locked to their network. (Granted, they can always order from another country.)

I'm guessing it's the more poor countries(?), where Apple didn't expect to sell lots of iPhones directly to customers, so instead they sold the exclusivity to a carrier for [what they thought was] better money and let them deal with the retail.

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