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"Combine the advertising budget of Google, HTC, Samsung, etc with the I'm getting one of these because everyone else has one of those mentality of young people"
But don't discount the fact that apple advertises very heavily also.
"I hate Apple's walled garden so I'm getting one of these group, and you have a pretty clear answer to the rise of Android. It's got absolutely zero to do with quality, price (except at the junky low end) or innovation."
Well, you could include quality problems like the iphone grip of death...but I'm just pulling your leg.
The apple walled garden is a legitimate reason for customers to avoid apple. If this is causing apple to loose market share, then maybe they should change their offering to align with what more people want.
Apple as a single company is growing the fastest of the lot. But they can't compete against a whole industry for market share.
That said, patents exist exactly to protect invention IP. The real question is whether they should apply to software - and the real answer to that is easy. Software is written, often iteratively, not invented. It already gets copyright protection (and a kind of defacto trade secret protection too), which is more than adequate. It doesn't also need patent protection.
I don't know what Thom's thoughts are, I was trying to be helpful.
are you seriously suggesting that android users have more of a herd mentality than apple users?
that IS funny.
Going by the number of factual inaccuracies you've posted, I'm getting the distinct impression that you're either a touch biased on this subject or haven't properly research your subject.
Sorry for the lengthy post, but there's a lot I should challenge you on:
Don't waste your time As noticed before by someone else (twitterfire IIRC), ourcomputerbloke is mrhasbean's new incarnation. He won't read nor reply. Edited 2011-07-12 15:51 UTC
Their success or lack of success in the marketplace is not an excuse for their messed up stance on patents. It doesn't matter if they are winning or losing, they're still trying to cheat. Just like Nixon, they're miserable when out of power, paranoid when in power and always looking to get any advantage regardless of the legality of it.
Android saw light of day 2005 and in the same year was acquired by Google. The first iphone saw light of day 2007.
The other day I heard a TV presenter on a major news channel spoke about iphone being thee revolutionary device. ..The first real smart phone that everyone is copying. This is not true.
Although iphone is a great product it was not the first of its kind and there was a host of features Android had other mobile os's only recently got or still don’t have.
About your blanket statement about android devices being bad quality..This is false.
Android comes in many jackets and from many companies. Hell even the US army is planning Android devices.
You don’t have to use the Google on Android and you don’t even have to use the Google browser on it, you can install Opera Mini or a host of others. Android does not restrict you in this way. The add aspect is also very low profile. Gmail for example has very low profile add serving. Other free email clients I saw had lots of big slow loading banner adds that is irritating.
Google is an advertising company but an unusual one.
An advertising company that is enabling people and sponsoring open source and other projects in a big way.
I've read some of your comments over time, and your degree of hatred seems unusual. I can only hope that you become open to reason.
Google is the nr. 1 advertising company but it does not force you to use it's search engine.In the end there was going to be a add market leader. Better it be Google. Edited 2011-07-12 16:27 UTC