Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th May 2013 12:06 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "According to the latest research from our Wireless Smartphone Strategies service, global Android smartphone profits reached US$5 billion in total during the first quarter of 2013. Samsung dominated and captured an impressive 95 percent share of all Android smartphone profits." Wow.
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Hardly surpsising
by darknexus on Thu 16th May 2013 12:18 UTC
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

This isn't surprising at all. International distribution, Aggressive marketing and carrier subsidies combined with features most people actually want (expandable storage and replaceable battery) would easily net them a large section of the market. Their horrible UI and pathetic handling of updates are something only power users care about. Most people don't even know what os their phone is running, and the UI is something they just put up with.
Hey Google, you listening? Hint hint: expandable storage, replaceable battery. It won't put them as high as Samsung as Google seems uninterested in carrier subsidies or pandering to their bloatware (and good on them for that) but it'll mean the power users turn to Google more often. As it stands now, while stock Android is what I want, I'm not buying any Google devices until at the very least they put the MicroSD slot back (the battery is annoying but I can live with it). Their internal storage options are shameful however and, if they're not going to offer high capacity options, they need to do something for the rest of us if they want our money. Distributing to more localities wouldn't hurt either.

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RE: Hardly surpsising
by Chrispynutt on Thu 16th May 2013 12:39 in reply to "Hardly surpsising"
Chrispynutt Member since:
2012-03-14

Totally agree. In fact the trend to stupid thin phones means that a replaceable battery or even upgradeable is a really nice to have.

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RE[2]: Hardly surpsising
by jrockey on Thu 16th May 2013 13:17 in reply to "RE: Hardly surpsising"
jrockey Member since:
2012-11-06

The Nexus S4 is for you then

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RE[2]: Hardly surpsising
by viton on Fri 17th May 2013 10:02 in reply to "RE: Hardly surpsising"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

Don't speak for everyone. Personally I prefer thin over replaceable battery. I never experienced any need in battery replacement.

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RE: Hardly surpsising
by anevilyak on Thu 16th May 2013 14:03 in reply to "Hardly surpsising"
anevilyak Member since:
2005-09-14

I must by missing something....both my Nexus One and my Galaxy Nexus have/had a trivially replaceable battery.

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RE[2]: Hardly surpsising
by Chrispynutt on Thu 16th May 2013 14:27 in reply to "RE: Hardly surpsising"
Chrispynutt Member since:
2012-03-14

But not upgradeable storage. It is relatively cheap to slap a 64GB card in a phone £40 versus the £100s t o upgrade from 16GB to what ever the max is in a phone these days.

There are engineering samples of 128GB cards out there. Though they are stupidly priced.

Why the need for so much storage? My phone is my music and video player, mobile computer and camera. Each would warrant 8GB+ each. It all adds up.

16GB is limiting on my 5 year old Sony Walkman, let alone this year's smart devices.

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RE[2]: Hardly surpsising
by darknexus on Fri 17th May 2013 07:53 in reply to "RE: Hardly surpsising"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

The Nexus One, as far as I'm concerned, no longer counts as official support was dropped as of ICS. I'd love to see them continue the Nexus One-like devices, as aside from officially supported updates they are exactly what I wanted in a phone. As for the Galaxy Nexus... well, that's just proved my point for me as the Galaxy Nexus is a Samsung device. The dealbreaker on that one though is that it doesn't have expandable storage, though other Samsung devices do. I'm looking forward to the S4 Google edition, though price might be a factor there.

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RE: Hardly surpsising
by tylerdurden on Thu 16th May 2013 18:44 in reply to "Hardly surpsising"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

I'd say you got it backwards. Most people don't care about replaceable batteries or expandable storage, those seem to be concerns of more advanced users. The de facto look of the user experience, may be more of an issue to the general public... who probably does not know, or care, what a CF card or what milliAmp hour are.

I think perhaps, samsung's success has come from having managed to cater to either camp somewhat better than other vendors. Personally, I find their build quality atrocious. But that is a matter of personal taste...

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