Source: IDC [press release]
quote: The ones who assumed that a Google monopoly on smartphone platforms was not only inevitable, but desirable.
quote: All Apple did was take a Palm Treo and marry it with a large screen like Palm handheld and add the slick OS with multitouch UI.
quote: And Android as the "only one that's been innovating?" Wow, that's a level of ignorance that even most Google fans would say goes too far.
quote: Pretty sure you're the type of person he's referring to. The type that evangelizes google.
quote: I don't evangelize Google. I demonize Apple. There is a major difference.
quote: I don't want ANY one company to dominate the market. And because Android is open source, I don't see it as a major monopoly threat
quote: Huh? That mentality seems to be an Apple mentality, not an Android mentality. Even the late Steve Jobs swore to "Destroy Android." It was Apple who sought to ban competitor's products from being sold. Not Google. Not Samsung. Apple.
quote: Android competes, even with its self. Apple doesn't compete, it sues.
quote: Android doesn't have a monopoly in ANY market. Apple has a monopoly in TWO markets - MP3 players and Tablets.
quote: Apple's monopolistic behavior is the problem. To say that Android, or Google, or Android fans want an Android monopoly is laughable at best.
quote: One easy way to tell how competitive a market is, is by looking at the profit margins of the products sold. If margins are exceedingly high, it is clear that the market is not sufficiently competitive. One company has profit margins that are consistently higher than any of their competitors. Apple.
quote: Apple doesn't compete, it sues.
quote: This is ABSOLUTELY right. Except you failed to realise that Android and iOS are ONE market - the smartphone market. And I absolutely agree that right now Android isn't at all competitive, producing second rate slower hardware handsets with more freezing issues, less device support, fewer apps, less battery life. It's no wonder Apple, in having produced a far, far superior product range, is laughing all the way to the bank and is able to charge a much higher premium. Of course, it isn't necessarily just this that is the reason behind Apple being more successful, it has a higher volume of specific parts as it has a less fragmented product base, meaning better economies of scale. It's whole infrastructure means it's able to offer superior hardware and software at basically a similar price. That's what makes them so successful right now.