quote: You have to fight the image battle, EVERYONE.
quote: Samsung, Apple and Microsoft are all strong in two layers: Samsung in components and devices, Apple in devices and operating systems and Microsoft in operating systems and application software. Each of these companies has cross-leveraged these adjacent strengths to create better products and a stronger market position. Samsung has used the scale of the component business and access to those components to drive the devices business and vice versa, despite failing, mostly, to create compelling software differentiation. This leveraging of scale, combined with some great execution, has taken it to at least half of the total Android market.The problem is that Samsung is increasingly competing with another sort of scale effect - it is competing with the entire Shenzhen ecosystem. Before, it was competing with individual companies (many of which happened to use that ecosystem), and like Nokia before it was fortunate in the relative weakness of most of its competitors. As for Nokia, that luck was bound to run out. Now Samsung is starting to face competition with new companies who are finding ways to build new types of handset businesses on top of that ecosystem - taking that ecosystem and using it to unbundle Samsung.
quote: Aside from that, the only real areas of innovation would be quality of materials, and sensors. Even then, all devices in the passed 2 years have enough sensors and many more have gimmick sensors that feel cheesy and don't expand the experience in any useful way.
quote: Is compatibility mandatory? No. The Android Compatibility Program is optional. Since the Android source code is open, anyone can use it to build any kind of device. However, if a manufacturer wishes to use the Android name with their product, or wants access to Google Play, they must first demonstrate that the device is compatible. How much does compatibility certification cost? There is no cost to obtain Android compatibility for a device. The Compatibility Test Suite is open-source and available to anyone to use to test a device. If my device is compatible, does it automatically have access to Google Play and branding? Google Play is a service operated by Google. Achieving compatibility is a prerequisite for obtaining access to the Google Play software and branding. Device manufacturers should contact Google to obtain access to Google Play. How can I get access to the Google apps for Android, such as Maps? The Google apps for Android, such as YouTube, Google Maps and Navigation, Gmail, and so on are Google properties that are not part of Android, and are licensed separately. Contact email@example.com for inquiries related to those apps.
quote: So ......er.........how does that help Android OEMs differentiate their products in terms of services without breaking with Google?
quote: But today they are both sort of resting on their laurels
quote: It's not that other OEMs are miles above Samsung, just a step or two.
quote: Build quality is just the rickety feel of Samsung phones.
quote: Android users want Dalvik to die
quote: Pretty sure 99% of all Android users couldn't even begin to know what Dalvik is or what it does.
quote: "Dalvik" gets thrown around a lot by people who don't know what the F they're talking about honestly.
quote: I thought Android users were supposedly the tech savvy ones and Apple users were tech illiterate.
quote: The only reason Dalvik works well for multiple apps running at once is it uses little memory
quote: I am not sure you even know what Dalvik is
quote: Dalvik wasn't even developed by Google, so I am not sure why Google fanbois are so keen to defend it.
quote: If I were as pro-Google as you, I'd be using ART as proof of Google's coding prowess
quote: G2 here are so stable
quote: So heres a question to anyone iPhone, Android, Windows Phone. What do you want to see that would make you want to upgrade? I suppose a portion of iPhone users want a larger screen but maybe they dont. Nothing wrong with that but if your OS is buttery smooth, the Pictures, and video are great and you have all the apps you want why upgrade? Or maybe your embarrassed by having a last generation iPhone?
quote: Samsung's competitors in the Android camp have all raised their games and Samsung is kind of stagnating.
quote: People just aren't rushing out to by phones that are perceptively equal to what they are replacing.