Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Oct 2012 14:43 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Since I love making it seem as if The Netherlands is in any way relevant anywhere ever, here's the most recent market share figures for smartphones, released today, covering the month of August (there's a graph showing the figures for every month from August 2011 until August 2012). The iPhone has a market share of almost 20% - but Android is ravaging the market, and now holds a market share of 70% (!). Nearly 75% of all Android smartphones sold in The Netherlands are made by Samsung. If you take the entire phone market - including feature phones - the iPhone holds 13% (up from 8% in August 2011) and Android 47% (up from 30% in August 2011). Windows Phone barely manages to hold on at 1%, and the BlackBerry dropped from 13% to 5%. Interestingly enough, in this combined feature/smartphone market, nearly 50% are Samsung phones. This of course doesn't yet include the iPhone 5, so the next set of figures will most likely show a spike for Apple. Still, if The Netherlands is in any way indicative of the rest of Europe, it's no surprise Apple tends to focus on US figures during its presentations.
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Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 11th Oct 2012 14:47 UTC
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

As I added on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/thomholwerda/status/256405190121500676

"70% Android marketshare. Jesus Christ, Windows Phone 8 or Jolla or whatever else better succeed. This is scary as fcuk."

It really is. Getting flashbacks to Windows here.

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RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by bnolsen on Thu 11th Oct 2012 15:39 in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

I don't see google trying to strange the market and illegally leverage out Apple and MS with under the table deals, however. Monopolies aren't intrinsically bad things unless they are abused (which is a very easy and tempting thing to do).

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przemo_li Member since:
2010-06-01

Also add limiting APIs to just your products, and biggest sin forcing entrance into another market by leveraging your dominant position in other.

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Monocultures are bad, however, with universal security problems and stifled innovation.

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Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

I don't see google trying to strange the market and illegally leverage out Apple and MS with under the table deals, however. Monopolies aren't intrinsically bad things unless they are abused (which is a very easy and tempting thing to do).


This is not a Google success it is a Samsung success. There are only two companies making real money in the smart phone market and that's Apple and Samsung. Google has probably not broken even on Android yet if you factor in the wholly Android related purchase of the loss making Motorola.

I am not sure Google intended to end up in a situation where just one OEM controlled the Android market but that's where it is heading. It will be interesting to see how Google and Samsung handle their strategic relationship, the bigger Samsung's share of the Android market gets the more leverage they have in that relationship.

This worth a read

http://techpinions.com/a-message-to-eric-schmidt-and-android-put-up...

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RE[2]: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by zima on Sun 14th Oct 2012 15:30 in reply to "RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't see google trying to strange the market and illegally leverage out Apple and MS with under the table deals, however. Monopolies aren't intrinsically bad things unless they are abused (which is a very easy and tempting thing to do).

Yeah, I bet many people didn't see that with Microsoft and Apple in the 80s and 90s, respectively...

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RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by jnemesh on Thu 11th Oct 2012 17:52 in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
jnemesh Member since:
2008-04-08

Well, considering that Android does not lock you into Google's ecosystem, I don't see this as a bad thing! Dont like Google? Fine, use Amazon. Dont like Amazon either? Sideload your apps directly from the software vendor's webpage. You have options with Android, unlike Microsoft's new walled garden that mimics Apple!

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RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by masennus on Fri 12th Oct 2012 11:52 in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
masennus Member since:
2011-02-11

I understand what you mean by "windows flashback", but I actually think that the biggest risk to see that repeated comes from microsoft, not android. They still have a crushing monopoly over the desktop and the strategy with wp8 is clearly to try to use that monopoly to gain in mobile. Do not think for a minute that microsoft would be satisfied with being a "third ecosystem". I believe that they would rather go under than settle with being third, and before that happens they will have tried every dirty trick possible. If microsoft ever get close to 30% marketshare they will without a doubt start using the old tricks again. "Ain't done until lotus won't run" all over again, meaning increasingly difficult to use an iphone or android with a windows pc. PLEASE let wp8 stay below 5% until microsoft's desktop marketshare is below 25%, then they might do an "IBM" and I could finally start to trust that company.

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Sure?
by capi_x on Sat 13th Oct 2012 03:13 in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
capi_x Member since:
2012-08-29

Smart LiteOS == BADA
Android != BADA


Android share == 47%

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