Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Feb 2013 22:39 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Google is growing increasingly concerned with Samsung's dominance of the Android - and smartphone - landscape. Supposedly, the topic is being openly discussed at Google, and as far as I'm concerned, that's great news.
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Not gonna happen the way you wish
by robmv on Tue 26th Feb 2013 22:54 UTC
robmv
Member since:
2006-08-12

The moment Samsung ditches Android, people switch to another manufacturer. While more time passes Android users are becoming more tied to the platform, knowing or not if it is Android, be it applications, Google services, etc, like iOS users that are tied to their App Store applications. Do you think people will switch to Linux if the big PC OEMs ditch Windows for Linux? Not gonna happen, people will switch to the next one that gives them Windows.

When an OS reach the kind of numbers Android and Windows have, no change on the OEMs will make big change in numbers, this kind of changes only happen when the new competitor innovates so much that people change.

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cromo Member since:
2006-06-17

Exactly my thoughts after reading the first paragraph. I, for one, have been considering switching to iPhone quite recently and I also keep my fingers crossed for Ubuntu. But I won't easily move away, as I have quite a bunch of applications already bought from the Play store and to buy them again on a different platform wouldn't be justifiable.

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MyNameIsNot4Letter Member since:
2011-01-09

Meh, I don't know. Lets face it, the apps cost squat. People with just a little disposable income won't really notice. I don't think i would have any trouble switching platform. Problem is, I'm already on Android, and find the lack of a back button intolerable on iOS. I could easily switch to other platforms if they weren't a pain to deploy software to, and was seriously considering N9 but it was insanely overpriced and ditched before it was released.

I suspect my next phone could just run firefox, although then i'll need to keep an Android tablet for my gaming fixes.


/Uni

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

iPhone....blech.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

The moment Samsung ditches Android, people switch to another manufacturer.


Maybe not, since people tend to buy what they're told to. If the marketing is good enough, and the device is 'sexy' enough, then who knows? People don't give a damn about functionality these days; they only care if it makes them look good while they're holding it.

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

People will buy whatever the 16 year old nephew who 'knows computers and shit' will tell them to buy, you mean. That kid is a die-hard Apple or Android fanboy.

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

The moment Samsung ditches Android, people switch to another manufacturer. While more time passes Android users are becoming more tied to the platform, knowing or not if it is Android, be it applications, Google services, etc, like iOS users that are tied to their App Store applications. Do you think people will switch to Linux if the big PC OEMs ditch Windows for Linux? Not gonna happen, people will switch to the next one that gives them Windows.

Trying to compare Android to Windows in this way is nonsensical. Also, you seem to think Android users are fiercely loyal to Android.. But, why do you think this? I'm sure most of us (if not all) know many iOS and Android cellphone users. I do see loyalty amongst the iOS'ers (though it's more of a general Apple loyalty), but I don't see the same with the Android'ers.

I think you're mistaking what's mostly not-wanting-to-pay-iPhone-prices for loyalty to Android.

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BeamishBoy Member since:
2010-10-27

I think you're mistaking what's mostly not-wanting-to-pay-iPhone-prices for loyalty to Android.


In my experience it's more a case of people seeing that Samsung are releasing phones that are (i) better and (ii) cheaper than the iPhone.

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Fanboyism exists on all platforms.


I think you're mistaking what's mostly not-wanting-to-pay-iPhone-prices for loyalty to Android.

This implies that Android users wished they owned an iPhone. There's plenty of people who choose Android over iOS because they prefer Android over iOS.

The real question is whether they'll prefer Tizen over Android and iOS if and when Samsung decide to switch.

Edited 2013-02-28 16:31 UTC

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acobar Member since:
2005-11-15

I don't think it would be that hard to move from Android to iOS or to ms phone 8 OS or to Blackberry. Phones are a bit different of the desktop case, where ms office, Autocad and some other applications really make a big difference. Most of the users just browse the news on Internet, check emails, facebook, weather or take directions between calls. They are devices to consume content, not to produce.

Perhaps I don't get it, but really, for what I see the vast majority of the users I know use just that said functionalities. Add some few apps that cover the missing features and that have equivalents on all of them and probably we have a scenario where almost 100% of the users needs are covered.

iOS is actually a case on itself as its users are so used to the clunky iTunes that move them to something else would be really hard.

Anyway, I think that Google should be concerned to improve Android and let the market sort the rest. Yes, Samsung has a very good set of devices, but so does HTC, LG and some others now.

They should never divert their focus or try to interfere on the business of whom served them so well. Actually, they should improve their image as a fair, trustworthy and impartial leader, the exact things the manufactures don't see on Microsoft right now.

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

I got my mother-in-law and sister-in-law off iPhone and onto Android via the SGS3. It took about a month but they love those things now.

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

The moment Samsung ditches Android, people switch to another manufacturer. While more time passes Android users are becoming more tied to the platform, knowing or not if it is Android, be it applications, Google services, etc, like iOS users that are tied to their App Store applications.


And that's based on what? Pure speculation? Look, people don't buy mobile operating systems. That's a minor branding thing, and I think you're overemphasizing the OS because, like the rest of us, you're a geek. People buy phones. Samsung rules them all. If Samsung comes out with a phone that looks, feels, sounds, and works like Android -- but isn't Android -- people won't care one bit.

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