Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Oct 2013 09:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

I think many who extol Android's flexibility fall into the tinkerer category, including some tech bloggers. They love all the ways they can customize their phones, not because they're seeking some perfect setup, but because they can swap in a new launcher every week. That's fun for them; but they've made the mistake of not understanding how their motivation differs from the rest of us.

A whopping 70%-80% of the world's smartphone owners have opted for Android over iOS. You could easily argue that 3-4 years ago, when Android was brand new, that it was for early adopters and tinkerers. To still trot out this ridiculous characterisation now that Android is on the vast majority of smartphones sold is borderline insanity.

Choice is not Android's problem. People who assume out of a misplaced arrogance that they represent the average consumer are the problem.

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RE[2]: It's cheap
by Tony Swash on Wed 16th Oct 2013 13:20 UTC in reply to "RE: It's cheap"
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"That's why it's been adopted so broadly. Nothing more, nothing less. Android phones, depending on the model, are some of the cheapest smart phones a person can purchase right now.

The most popular Android phones are expensive flagships. That makes no sense.

None of my friends or family are likely to ever buy an Android phone again.

Virtually everyone I know with an Android phone has a high-end one. I've never even seen any of the low-end devices you speak of.

Then again, Samsung has a 75% market share in The Netherlands, driven almost exclusively by the Galaxy SII/III/4.

In terms of global sales the vast Asian markets are a very significant proportion of the Android market. Those sales are usually listed as 'Other' in Android sales by vendor tables. The 'Other' category is often the largest.

This is a good example:

Note that the Galaxy range only seems to account for about a half of the Samsung phone sales total.

Not many of those 'Other' phones are high end. What is happening is that low cost Android phones are replacing dumb phones. Because quite a few of those new smart phone owners are not actually seeking to upgrade to a smart phone to use it as a computing or app platform (they just want to replace an old phone, get a bigger better screen, etc) there is relatively low level platform engagement amongst many of these up-graders.

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RE[3]: It's cheap
by ichi on Wed 16th Oct 2013 13:55 in reply to "RE[2]: It's cheap"
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Not many of those 'Other' phones are high end.

I don't know, China is getting a new crop of smartphones that kinda trounce the concept of high end being expensive.

Eg. Xiaomi has been releasing phones that top those of Samsung both in performance and design for half the price off contract. According Xiaomi their latest phone sold 100k devices in 90 seconds at launch... which is not that much compared to the numbers of the big players but then it was launched only in China.

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RE[4]: It's cheap
by Lennie on Wed 16th Oct 2013 17:30 in reply to "RE[3]: It's cheap"
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I looked it up, the press release I found said 83 seconds, so even faster. :-)

Forget I mentioned it, that might be an other model:

Edited 2013-10-16 17:32 UTC

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RE[4]: It's cheap
by unclefester on Sat 19th Oct 2013 09:54 in reply to "RE[3]: It's cheap"
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I don't know, China is getting a new crop of smartphones that kinda trounce the concept of high end being expensive.

There are some very capable Android phones for <<$200 now (dual core, 4.5" screens etc).

By mid 2015 I expect that "mid range" phones will be <$100, "high end" phones will be $150-250 and "flagship" phones will be $300-$400. By 2017-18 the most expensive Android phones will probably be ~$200*.

* A current $30 feature phone would have been considered a $1000+ flagship model a decade ago.

Edited 2013-10-19 10:05 UTC

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