Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Mar 2014 23:55 UTC
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Stuff such as United's new offering generally arrives on Android sooner or later, and there are whole categories of apps - such as alternative keyboards - that are Android-only.

Much of the time, I'm an Android user myself, so I'm happy when something is available for Google's operating system and sorry when it isn't. But despite the fact that iOS's market share is much smaller than that of Android, and has been for years, Apple devices are still nearly always first in line when a major company or hot startup has to decide where to allocate its development resources. That's a dynamic that pundits keep telling us makes no sense - but it's happening, and its an enormous competitive advantage for Apple. 'Sounds like a victory to me.

iOS has won the application wars.

Sure, you have to disregard those gazilion Android applications iOS could never support (keyboards, launchers, SMS applications, browsers, task switchers, lock screens, etc., and so on, and so forth), but if you do that, then yes, iOS has won.

The tortoise is faster than the hare. Sure, you have to cut off the hare's legs first, but then, sure, yeah, the tortoise is faster.

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Location
by Jbso on Sat 15th Mar 2014 16:19 UTC
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2013-01-05

iOS certainly tends to get app support first in the US, and probably some other wealthy Western countries, and likely Japan. I'd like to hear from somebody from India, though, or Russia, Brazil, etc. Is iOS still the goto platform there?

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RE: Location
by moondevil on Sat 15th Mar 2014 16:47 in reply to "Location"
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2005-07-08

In southern Europe you will be in the top society layer if you happen to own an iOS device.

The majority owns whatever they can use with their 500 - 1000 € monthly meagre salary.

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RE[2]: Location
by ebasconp on Sat 15th Mar 2014 22:03 in reply to "RE: Location"
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2006-05-09

You are right, in South America things are similar; almost all people has cheap not-smartphone or Chinese with-old-Android-version smartphones because the high prices of iPhones make them unreachable for the masses (consider 300 US dollar an average salary per month compared with a 900 US dollar iPhone [yes, they cost like that right here]).

Edited 2014-03-15 22:04 UTC

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