Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th May 2011 22:34 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "There's no doubt Android Market will at some point offer more applications for download and/or purchase than Apple's App Store, as the latter's growth has been slowing down of late, while the Android application store's growth rate has been accelerating. In a recent report, app store analytics company Distimo forecasted that Android would surpass the App Store in size before the end of July 2011. Another research firm, Germany-based research2guidance, corroborates Distimo's findings; the firm forecasts Android to blow past Apple's App Store by August 2011."
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Linked a week ago
by mrhasbean on Thu 5th May 2011 23:06 UTC
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2006-04-03

But then from memory I also pointed out that these same sources indicate that commercial developers are staying away in the droves because it's a support nightmare and they can't make money from it. But I suppose that wouldn't fit with your desired message...

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RE: Linked a week ago
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 5th May 2011 23:26 in reply to "Linked a week ago"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

But I suppose that wouldn't fit with your desired message...


Maybe we should bring up our posting histories and see who has the best non-zealot track record. You're our resident anti-Google/pro-Apple troll, while I have no qualms about posting both positive AND negative stories about both companies.


This little vendetta of yours against me is starting to slightly irritate me. Did I run over your cat or something?

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RE[2]: Linked a week ago
by atsureki on Fri 6th May 2011 04:09 in reply to "RE: Linked a week ago"
atsureki Member since:
2006-03-12

Maybe we should bring up our posting histories and see who has the best non-zealot track record. You're our resident anti-Google/pro-Apple troll, while I have no qualms about posting both positive AND negative stories about both companies.


A troll is a piece of nonsense that generates a reaction. Linkbaits are trolls; skeptics are not.

I, for one, am less concerned with whether someone's flying a flag than I am with whether that flag represents reality. These silly projections and gerrymandered statistics are only "news" because they describe a novel situation, which is to say a situation that is markedly unlike the status quo of the real world that exists. They are linkbait, and, depending on the underlying political motives, propaganda; and you generally choose to propagate the pro-Android linkbait.

Android, a software stack offered free to handset manufacturers, which has been used in dozens of varied products shipped and marketed on all carriers, often for little or no money down, has, in two years, managed to pull slightly ahead in shipping volume of iPhone, a single expensive product from a single manufacturer that was, until a few weeks ago, available only on a single US carrier. iPhone is backed by the world's largest App Store, which is heavily vetted and moderated against malice, malfunction, and IP infringement. Meanwhile the Android Market, which moderates only as a response to user complaint, has fewer total products, which counts trademark-infringing decoys and pirated ringtones, apps that don't work (is there a single app anywhere that works on all Android models?) or explicitly require a hacked phone, wallpapers and skins, and many perfectly good pieces of code that serve only to replace built-in system functionality or fill in features that iPhone has but Android lacks (international keyboards come to mind). By all reports, the only smartphone App market that offers developers any chance at turning a profit is Apple's.

None of that is news, which is simply because it's blindingly obvious reality. The status quo is boring; a world in which we can talk about Android pulling ahead, changing the game, and becoming the superior software ecosystem is much more interesting. But in this world, the one that exists, that kind of talk is pure speculation (and linkbait).

Whether your bias favors Android specifically or newsworthiness in general, it is a bias, and whether OP is biased or not, he tells a true story.

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