Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jun 2013 13:03 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Market trends in Western Europe are not looking good for Apple's iPhone. 'Apple's iOS continues to lose ground as market share declined to 20% from 25% in 1Q12 [first quarter 2012]', IDC said Tuesday. Android, meanwhile, is gaining operating system market share, up 14 percent year-to-year in the first quarter. 'Android continues to dominate the smartphone landscape', according to IDC. In the quarter, Google's OS shipped 21.9 million units and market share increased to 69 percent in the first quarter of 2013 from 55 percent in last years' first quarter." On top of that, Apple got knocked out of the top five in India, where it's also bleeding market share. The America-centred large technology sites that dominate our reporting often fail to spot this huge problem for Apple: the company is only doing well in the US. It's losing everywhere else. And just in case you don't know: 'everywhere else' is 95% of the world, and that's where future growth is to be found. The fact that Apple hasn't addressed this yet is exactly why its shares aren't doing stellar anymore.
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RE[2]: Why?
by gan17 on Thu 27th Jun 2013 01:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Why?"
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Most complaints regarding the iOS-iTunes relationship are not about the purchasing experience, but the synching one. On Android, you just plug in a USB cord and 'drag-n-drop' whatever movies/music/docs, or just sync via Chrome on the desktop in the case of appointments and whatnot. There's no Google Play desktop app that you need to launch in order to do this.

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RE[3]: Why?
by Bobthearch on Thu 27th Jun 2013 03:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
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Yep. Plug the Samsung Galaxy Player or tablet into any computer and start swapping files. No special "i" software required, no restrictions, and no DRM.

Or almost as easy, copy any file from any computer onto a standard SD card and insert the card into the Galaxy Player. Try that on an iPod...

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RE[3]: Why?
by viton on Thu 27th Jun 2013 09:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
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On Android, you just plug in a USB cord and 'drag-n-drop' whatever movies/music/docs
Same with iTunes. I don't care where to drag-n-drop my files - Finder or iTunes window.

Edited 2013-06-27 09:15 UTC

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RE[4]: Why?
by gan17 on Thu 27th Jun 2013 11:31 in reply to "RE[3]: Why?"
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Does that work on a non-OSX file manager?
Not sure about Windows, but it's definitely not the case with my Linux or OpenBSD setups.

It might work on Windows file manager (Explorer or whatever it's called) if you have iTunes installed on the system, but I'm talking about non-iTunes compatible operating systems here.

The fact that I can only sync and transfer media to my iPhone on the Mac in my office is annoying, especially when I'm at home.

Btw, even though I do have an iPhone and an OSX system, I still think iTunes is a bloated festering pile of santorum, so don't use that lame "non OSX/iPhone user mantra" excuse. In my world, it's perfectly acceptable to criticize the stuff you pay for.

Edited 2013-06-27 11:47 UTC

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