Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st May 2013 21:35 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "The Q1 2013 numbers from IDC, a technology and telecommunications research firm who keeps track of this sort of thing, show that Android tablets now lead the market with a 56.5-percent share. The 27,800,000 units shipped in the quarter is a 247-percent improvement from this time last year, when just 8,000,000 units were shipped. It's important to note that this increase doesn't come at the expense of Apple, who shipped 65.3-percent more tablets in Q1 2013 than they did in Q1 2012 - it shows the market is growing, and the lions share of new purchases are Android." While Android's market share growth scares me, it's good that it's not really harming the competition. Also, maybe this will be the carrot for developers to improve Android tablet applications.
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RE: OK, fine, and now...
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 2nd May 2013 13:47 UTC in reply to "OK, fine, and now..."
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

Android accused of monopoly by Microsoft, Apple, etc." ?


I don't understand what you think Microsoft and Apple will accuse Android/google of doing. Being a monopoly, is usually not illegal. Governments typically do hold monopolies to higher standards than Non Monopolies. So do you think they will start arguing for the application of those higher standards? Or do you think that they other companies will accuse Google of abusing its Monopoly position?

In either case, the reasons for attaining that market position that you then list :

1) The devices are cheaper than the competition.
2) 80% of people is not rich.
3) Cheaper phones + poor people = more sells


Don't really matter, unless you think that they're going to say that the Monopoly on mobile device OS was obtained illegally somehow.

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RE[2]: OK, fine, and now...
by majipoor on Thu 2nd May 2013 19:14 in reply to "RE: OK, fine, and now..."
majipoor Member since:
2009-01-22

"Android accused of monopoly by Microsoft, Apple, etc." ?

... Or do you think that they other companies will accuse Google of abusing its Monopoly position?
"

They already did: Microsoft accuse Google of monopoly abuse in EU.

http://blogs.computerworld.com/cloud-computing/22027/irony-alert-mi...

I would not say they are wrong or right: I personally think that Google is no better than Microsoft when dealing with their monopoly in their respective market.

Many think Google is the nice guy because they are more consumer-friendly (everything free and "open"), but they are more consumer-friendly because it is their business model, not because they are actually a nice guy.

Edited 2013-05-02 19:18 UTC

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RE[3]: OK, fine, and now...
by lemur2 on Fri 3rd May 2013 11:38 in reply to "RE[2]: OK, fine, and now..."
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Many think Google is the nice guy because they are more consumer-friendly (everything free and "open"), but they are more consumer-friendly because it is their business model, not because they are actually a nice guy.


Agreed.

Another point to make is that in their own best interests consumers should obviously support businesses with a consumer-friendly business model.

Another point to make is that governments should also support whatever is in the best interests of the majority of citizens. To my mind, it is therefore unarguably the case that governments should support businesses with a consumer-friendly business model over and above businesses with a rip-everybody-off+whatever-the-market-will-bear business model.

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