Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jul 2011 22:09 UTC
Legal Two different graphs. Both happen to be published at Ars Technica, with one of them coming from a different source. Seemingly completely unrelated, but when you ponder the waterfall of recent lawsuit-related news, these two graphs suddenly tell all there is to tell. These two innocent little graphs illustrate why Apple is attacking Android so ferociously.
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Ah yes, the shifting of goalposts.

"Android will never be functionally close to the iPhone."

"Android will never be popular among non-geeks."

"Android devices will never be of the same quality as iPhones."

"Just you wait, the iPhone 4 will close the hardware gap with Android devices, and then Android's rise will stop!"

"Android will never surpass the iPhone in market share."

"Just you wait, the Verizon iPhone will reverse Android's growing trend!"

And now:

"Despite us laughing over Android's insignificant market share in the beginning, market share is now suddenly no longer important!"

"Just you wait, the iPhone 5 will reverse the trend!"

And this gem, from Apple spokesperson Gruber:

"It'll be interesting to see what happens with Verizon iPhone sales when the new iPhone hits in September, though. Might be a lot of people waiting for that."


Edited 2011-07-29 17:15 UTC

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rhavyn Member since:

Apple increased their share of the profits in the mobile industry from 57% last quarter to 66.3% this quarter. Only two vendors that sell Android devices are even profitable (HTC and Samsung). I understand, Thom, that you are very impressed with Androids growth (at least in the smartphone category). But how, exactly, do you see that growth continuing when all the money in the industry is being siphoned away by Apple? You understand that if it's unprofitable to make Android handsets it doesn't matter how well they sell, no one is going to, right? Additionally, you understand that if the iPhone 5 is released and Apple takes home 70% of the mobile profits in Q4, it doesn't matter if Apple only increases their market share by 1 or 2%, right?

No matter how many times people make the comparison, the mobile wars look nothing like the Mac/PC wars of the 80s. During that time Apple consistently did worse, quarter over quarter and Microsoft was massively profitable. But with mobile platforms, from a profit perspective, Android looks a lot more like Apple in the Mac/PC wars and Apple looks like Microsoft. Companies are going to need to figure out how to make money with Android, and fast, or companies like Motorola are going to start looking at Android the way Logitech is looking at GoogleTV.

Or, an alternative perspective, Android looks a lot like the business model of many internet companies in 1999. We'll give it away from free and make up for it in volume.

Now, go ahead and mod me to oblivion again since I'm now bowing to the alter of Google.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

So, now it's about profits, just because Apple is doing very well in that area at the moment? Funny, back when Apple was doing well in market share, it was all about market share - but now that Android is doing miles better at market share, it's suddenly no longer important? Do you see how hypocritical that is?

Since Samsung sells its phones in the same price category as Apple does, and since Samsung also creates all the hardware in-house (more so than Apple, even), and the cost of Android is quite low for Samsung (lower than Apple, since they have the expenses of developing iOS), what's going to happen when Samsung's meteoric market share growth inevitably leads to Samsung reaping larger and larger profit shares?

Will you guys move on to the next thing Apple will still be the best at by then? I don't know, probably the amount of outstanding aggressive lawsuits will define a company's penis size?

Edited 2011-07-29 18:08 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:

First, Apple has overtaken Symbian to become the top smartphone platform in the UK (with a 27 percent market share).


Keep on ignoring facts Thom and getting into a hissy fit when the facts don't fit your rhetoric.

Edited 2011-07-29 19:25 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

"First, Apple has overtaken Symbian to become the top smartphone platform in the UK (with a 27 percent market share).


Keep on ignoring facts Thom and getting into a hissy fit when the facts don't fit your rhetoric.

...and according to the figures you just linked to, Android grew by 634% in the UK, and is only half a percentage point behind iOS.

You were saying?

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