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Android smart phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S II are dominating global sales, shipping over 50 million smart phones a quarter.  (Source: Samsung)

The iPhone is still unmatched in profitability, though, and a solid #1 in global sales by manufacturer.  (Source: Reuters)
Despite legal troubles, the Android juggernaut rolls on

Android's open platform and broad selection of hardware, thanks to liberal licensing, has proved a winning formula for Google Inc. (GOOG) and its hardware partners.  Competitors like Apple, Inc. (AAPL) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) have been unable to keep up with the platform's wild growth.

According to [press release] market research firm Canalys, for every 2 iPhones sold, approximately five Android phones are now sold (1:2.5).  This is another milestone for Google, who only recently heard the news that it was outselling Apple two to one globally.

The study looked at 56 countries and found Android to be the top platform in 35 of them.  Its global market share is now at just under 50 percent, thanks to a 379 percent year-to-year growth in shipments.  In Q2 2011 it shipped on an estimate 51.9 million smartphones, globally. 

Google's smartphone operating system continues to soar after a quiet 2005 acquisition by Google and 2008 product launch.  Google didn't pick up much momentum until 2009, when its partners began to release bleeding edge handsets like the "Droid" from Motorola Solutions Inc. (MSI).  Since then it's been unstoppable.  However, threats loom from lawsuits [1][2][3][4][5] from Apple and licensing demands [1][2] from Microsoft. 

Speaking of Apple, it posted impressive growth of its own, passing Finland's Nokia Oyj.(HEL:NOK1V), with 20.3 million units shipped.  Apple is now the clear number one in terms of global sales by a single manufacturer.

Despite falling behind Android in growth, Canalys had kind words for the highly profitable Apple.  Canalys VP and Principal Analyst Chris Jones states, "The iPhone has been a phenomenal success story for Apple and a watershed product for the market. It's an impressive success story, given that Apple has only been in the smart phone market for four years. With the next-generation iPhone anticipated in Q3, it's likely that Apple’s position will grow even stronger in the second half of the year."

Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (SEO:005930) flagship Galaxy S II smartphone sold well and the company shipped 17.0 million phones in the quarter, bumping Nokia to third place in manufacturer sales.  

However, Mr. Jones had some harsh words for the company, stating, "Samsung has failed to fully capitalize on Nokia’s weakened state around the world, as the Finnish company rides out a challenging transitional period. It's the best placed vendor to grow at Nokia’s expense, taking advantage of its global scale and channel reach, but it hasn’t yet done enough to capitalize on this, particularly in emerging markets."

Fellow Android phone maker HTC Corp. (SEO:066570), however, earned praise for rising out of relative obscurity to gain a 21 percent share in the lucrative North American market.

Microsoft, unsurprisingly, didn't do very well.  It only moved 1.5 million smartphones -- about 1 percent of the market.  Mr. Jones commented, "A fresh crop of products is certainly needed," alluding to the crucial upcoming Mango update and lineup refresh, which airs in September.

Research In Motion Ltd. (TSE:RIM) struggled, gaining 11 percent in global market share, but slipping 12 percent in North American.  Mr. Jones comments that RIM needs to "continue to innovative and recapture lost momentum."  He says that the upcoming BlackBerry OS 7 product family will be a critical turning point -- for better or worse -- for the company.

In perhaps the worst insult of all, 
Hewlett-Packard, Comp.'s (HPQ) webOS, with only a fraction a percent market share, wasn't even mentioned in the report.



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WP7
By acer905 on 8/2/2011 12:19:37 PM , Rating: 2
Even without Mango, WP7 kicks serious awesome at what it does. When mango comes out, it will rock. Hopefully, some of the attention to hardware and details from Nokia hold over for the release of their new WP7 stuff. That would be a killer combo.

Now people who've never used one need to shut up and quit bashing them without basis. What it does, it does very well. And give it time and it will do more, lots more.




RE: WP7
By Gio6518 on 8/2/2011 12:42:49 PM , Rating: 2
I do agree winmo. Has a nice os, and but with 1% market share developers aren't going to run to that platform and create Apps. And popularity will probably not take off.


RE: WP7
By Mitch101 on 8/2/2011 1:03:50 PM , Rating: 3
All the major apps you would want exist on Windows Phone 7 and when Mango is released Microsoft will be adding things you cant do with Android or iPhone. Don't let a half million fart and flashlight apps convince you your missing something.

I finally set up my Wireless sync on Windows Phone 7 when its on the charger for 10 mins if it will find my PC and through Wifi wirelessly sync my podcasts, movies, music, etc.


RE: WP7
By chmilz on 8/2/2011 2:10:04 PM , Rating: 4
My friend with an iPhone laughed at me when I chose to throw my hat in the Android ring. He chuckled "yeah, enjoy your, like, 5 apps".

So, I asked him how many and which apps he used. He had 28 installed, and in a matter of minutes, I had all 28 installed on my Android phone.

Out of 500,000 apps, I think there actually is 200,000 dedicated to flashlights. Another 200,000 are amazingly terrible shovelware games. 95,000 are shovelware apps. That leaves about 5000 useful apps, and you can find those on every platform, because, well, they're useful and the developers know it.


RE: WP7
By Tony Swash on 8/2/11, Rating: -1
RE: WP7
By B3an on 8/3/2011 12:31:47 PM , Rating: 1
RE: WP7
By SPOOFE on 8/2/2011 6:51:01 PM , Rating: 2
It's all about knowing what tools you want or need, and where those tools are available. The fact of the matter is that most people have all of their real needs and probably almost all of their wants satisfied by either Android or iOS (and maybe Winmo? Haven't used it at all so I can't comment).


RE: WP7
By jnemesh on 8/3/2011 12:17:19 PM , Rating: 2
Really? All the apps I want? Where is the app for Onkyo receivers? Samsung Tvs? Crestron home automation? Howabout an app that controls HAI? Lutron? RTI? How about Denon and Marantz? All of these guys have apps for iOS AND Android. You have lots of cute little apps, tons of mildly entertaining games, horoscope apps, and calculators...but NO support from other HARDWARE manufacturers! I could care less about how many games or entertainment apps are on a platform. What I care about is how easily I can get my phone to communicate with other devices I have around me! This is a HUGE chunk of functionality that will continue to be missing from the WP7 platform.


RE: WP7
By Mitch101 on 8/3/2011 9:24:35 PM , Rating: 2
Since IR and Blu-Tooth are standards I have no problem controlling my equipment.

I can even control iTunes.
http://wp7remoteapp.com/

With Remote, you can control iTunes on your PC or Mac from your Windows Phone 7 device. You can browse through your music library and choose playlists, songs, and albums as if you were right in front of your computer – all from the palm of your hand. Play, pause, control the volume and more.


RE: WP7
By acer905 on 8/2/2011 1:33:22 PM , Rating: 2
There are plenty of developers putting out high quality apps on WP7 Xbox integration with the games hub gives you lots to choose from, and from a development standpoint, apps are fairly easy to create. Also, because MS has minimum requirements that all devices meet, the apps run very smooth across the entire platform. I haven't found a major lack of apps, mostly it seems more like game consoles. Most get ported to all, with little exclusives here and there


RE: WP7
By Swampthing on 8/2/2011 2:21:23 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly i don't care. I spent hours and hours wading through garbage apps on android. And i do mean garbage apps. Winmo has everything i want and the apps have been of higher quality.

I'm not knocking android, but the android market is full of trash apps. My wp7 phone is much faster than my galaxy s as well.


RE: WP7
By Omega215D on 8/2/2011 3:45:42 PM , Rating: 2
What is it that people don't get? Every smart phone market will have nonsense in the catalog.

There's garbage apps for iOS, Android, and when WP7 becomes prominent enough (most likely after Mango) then they will have it as well.

I like using my Thunderbolt but would not dismiss WP7, and would switch if the phone hardware and OS contains everything I want.


RE: WP7
By OCedHrt on 8/2/2011 6:40:13 PM , Rating: 2
What apps do you recommend on WP7? I haven't found many decent ones. Facebook is one of the only ones that's well done, and it's still lacking functionality over Android/iOS. Bing maps is a POS - they really need something that matches Google Nav.

Maybe I'm not searching correctly but ports of good Android apps have been disappointing. Android especially has some good free apps. All the WP7 free apps I saw were terrible. Didn't try any paid apps because they seem to cost more on WP7.


RE: WP7
By The0ne on 8/2/2011 3:35:36 PM , Rating: 3
You forget of course who the player in this game is, MS. They can provide "incentives" for people and companies to provide apps, and yes even crappy apps and games. If the product turns out to be good, there will be people switching over and/or providing apps for both platforms. This is one way of broadening and making profit no? :)


RE: WP7
By sprockkets on 8/2/2011 12:47:52 PM , Rating: 2
Haven't you figured it out by now? You can have a good product and still it won't sell.

I mean, look at apple. They sell substandard products everyday and yet sell millions of them. Without Steve's RDF, apple would be nothing.


RE: WP7
By Tony Swash on 8/2/11, Rating: -1
RE: WP7
By amanojaku on 8/2/2011 2:44:28 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
Why hasn't he managed to put you in a trance ?

Fandroid: I don't understand how we got by those iTroops. I thought we were bricked.
Windrone-7: The RDF can have a strong influence on the weak-minded.


RE: WP7
By sprockkets on 8/2/2011 9:27:10 PM , Rating: 1
Oh, I don't know. My friend brought over his iMac, and I tried running a program on it. All it did was bounce and that was it.

No info as to what that means.
No info as to why (after googling that means) it crashed or didn't run.

And the simple fact that a program made to run on that version of OSX didn't run is quite contrary to "It just works."

The wifi wouldn't work properly, even though wpa2's been out forever and winxp had support for it since apr of 2005, the same time 10.4 came out.

Then we updated to 10.6. Then itunes corrupted. Then the beachball came up and required a hard restart. The mouse on it by default is annoyingly slow.

No way to change the background until iOS4. No way to change sounds until iOS 5, unlike every other phone who has these features for years, considered to be standard.

Need I go on as to how much they suck, no.


RE: WP7
By Tony Swash on 8/3/11, Rating: -1
RE: WP7
By Helbore on 8/3/2011 1:12:34 PM , Rating: 3
You'd be surprised. I actually watched a friend of mine moaning about some problem on his Mac, saying how this problem keeps happening and its really annoying. Then literally ten minutes later he was going on about how the thing he loves most about the Mac is that it "just works."

I've encountered it a few times now, with people complaining of a problem with an Apple product not working, then promptly forgetting about it and claiming how it is a wonder device that never goes wrong.

It actually boggles my mind as to how people seem to compartmentalise with Apple products. I don't see it with any other brand - but with Apple so many seem to conveniently "forget" about problems they've previously had. I honestly don't understand it.

Having said that, I've also seen a sharp rise in Apple products among my clients over the last year or two. Funnily enough, I am supporting problems with them to a similar proportional level of Windows devices. More interestingly is the number of people who were in love with their Apple products for the first few months and have slowly got to the point where they regret buying them. This is particularly true for Macs and iPads and less so for iPhones, which tend to remain popular.

I'd definitely say that in consumer circles, Apple seems to do no wrong (even when it actually does and people jsut forget about it), but in business circles, they seem to be deeply disliked after the "gee whizz" factor has worn off.


Unfair Comparison?
By mohammadkhajah on 8/2/2011 2:01:37 PM , Rating: 2
Is it fair to compare the sales of an OS against the sales of a phone?




RE: Unfair Comparison?
By IcePickFreak on 8/2/2011 2:09:14 PM , Rating: 2
It is when the maker of the "one phone OS" is the reason it's only on one phone.


RE: Unfair Comparison?
By MADAOO7 on 8/2/11, Rating: 0
RE: Unfair Comparison?
By eskimospy on 8/2/2011 6:06:36 PM , Rating: 2
Of course it's fair. This situation is the result of one competitor's deliberate business choice.

You can compare both individual phone sales and platform sales. In platform sales Android is turning it into a laugher.


RE: Unfair Comparison?
By MADAOO7 on 8/2/11, Rating: 0
RE: Unfair Comparison?
By Fritzr on 8/3/2011 2:35:01 PM , Rating: 3
They are not comparing iPhone handset sales to Android handset sales. For one thing there is no such thing as an "Android handset". They are handsets that run Android. The iPhone series are handsets that run iOS.

For this reason for the comparison to be Apples to Oranges (the old timers will get the joke) you need to compare the total sales of ALL iOS phone handsets to ALL Android phone handsets and ALL iOS tablets to ALL Android tablets.

The thing being compared is Operating System penetration. This is a significant number because developers usually target the OS rather than a single handset or handset series.

Also consumers upgrading will prefer the shiney new handset that runs the familiar OS. Android provides a much greater selection of handsets that do not require learning a new OS and tracking down equivalents to the must have apps on the new OS. With iOS you are restricted to versions of the iPhone/iPad that are more recent than the one you own ... not much choice there.


RE: Unfair Comparison?
By TakinYourPoints on 8/3/2011 2:39:45 AM , Rating: 3
"Fairness" is debatable. Now is it stupid? Look at the website and the author, its pretty safe to say yes there.


RE: Unfair Comparison?
By vbscript2 on 8/3/2011 2:54:38 AM , Rating: 4
Is it fair to compare one platform against another? Yes, it is. Because platform volume, not individual handset volume, will dictate the availablility of newly-developed software. iPhone is VERY quickly losing market share. Soon enough, much new software will only be available for Android. Apple is losing the war with iOS the same way they lost it with Macintosh back in the late 80's/early 90's. Remember that ~2% marketshare Apple had throughout the 90's and early 2000's? That's where they're headed with iOS.


RE: Unfair Comparison?
By mrrt on 8/3/2011 9:24:49 AM , Rating: 3
No the iPhone is not very quickly losing market share. It is Android that is now plateauing while iOS has started to surge.

Android’s global sales growth rate dropped to 3 percent in the March quarter from 7.5 percent in the fourth quarter and 9.5 percent in the September quarter.

IDC reports that Android's share of the US smartphone market dropped for the first time from 52.4% in Q4 2010 to 49.5% in Q1 2011, a drop of 2.9 points or 5.5% quarter to quarter.

In contrast, the iPhone gained significantly larger share going from 17.2% to 29.5%, an increase of 12.3 points or 42%.

NPD agrees reporting that Android's share of quarterly sales in the US smartphone market shrank 6% quarter-to-quarter in Q1 2011 to 50%. In contrast Apple's iPhone grew 47% to capture 28% of all smartphone sales in the USA.

IDC also reports that Apple had the highest growth of any mobile phone vendor worldwide in Q1 2011 year over year of 115% with second place ZTE growing 45%, Samsung growing 9% and HTC and Moto not even on the chart.

And these figures all include Android tablets because the vast bulk of them also include cellular radios and carrier subscriptions.

In contrast, Apple's figures don't include the iPod touch or iPad (which should of course be included when comparing operating systems and app platforms). iOS and Android as a whole are neck and neck in quarterly unit sales.

In terms of installed base Apple is far ahead of Android with 222 million iOS devices sold versus only 135 million Android as confirmed by ComScore who reported in April that *active* iOS devices outnumber Android devices by 59% in the USA and by 116% in Europe.

Of course even if Android does eventually surpass iOS in installed base, the question is - will it matter? It certainly didn't for Symbian who for years had vastly larger sales and installed base than everyone else.

With iOS continuing to make 11x more income for developers and 14x more app downloads (free and paid), 3.4x larger web browser share and 10x larger music and media store market share and vastly more 3rd party hardware peripherals than Android - on current evidence, having larger unit sales means absolutely nothing.

-Mart


RE: Unfair Comparison?
By mrrt on 8/3/2011 9:47:49 AM , Rating: 3
No of course it is not fair.

This article makes it seem that Android is the largest mobile OS platform and app platform in the world.

That is not the case of course with over 222 million iPads, iPod touches and iPhones sold worldwide versus 135 million Android devices.

With only 17 million iPhones sold in the first 2 years, the majority of those 222 iOS devices are still in action as demonstrated by ComScore who reported that the number of active iOS devices in the USA is 59% greater than Android and 116% larger in Europe.

Quarterly sales of all OS devices are similar to that of all Android devices with Apple selling 22 million in the 43 days up till July 19th or an average of 512,000 iOS devices sold per day. And this occurred even with a year-old iPhone and delayed release of the iPhone 5.

If you're going to group devices by OS, you need to include all devices that run that OS and the apps on that OS for that comparison to be at all useful, otherwise you have people like many on this page who confuse smartphone unit sales dominance with OS platform and app platform dominance.

The reality is that it is iOS that is much larger than Android in all the metrics that matter:

- 66% of the entire cell phone industry's profits have been captured by Apple (Asymco)
- 28% of the entire cell phone industry's revenue has been captured by Apple (Asymco)
- 71% of all free and paid app downloads are to iOS devices (IHS Screen Digest)
- 82% of developer profits are to iOS developers, 5% to Android developers (ABI Research)
- iOS users each worth up to twice as much to advertisers as Android users (Mobclix)
- Future purchase plans - 64% plan to buy an iPhone, 17% Android (Piper Jaffray)
- Retention rate - 94% of iPhone owners will buy another iPhone vs only 47% of Android users will buy another Android (Piper Jaffray)
- iOS web marketshare 3.7x greater than Android in July, up from 3.3x in March 2011 (Net Applications)

-Mart


Buy one get one free sure is working
By vision33r on 8/2/2011 2:43:36 PM , Rating: 2
Android is a boom for carriers, they are raking big from data plans. While they get the handsets for cheap, so cheap they can afford to give them away for free.

That's why Apple makes so much money from iPhone and also get a kickback per iphone sold.

That's why Apple is has more money than Google. Even Microsoft makes more money than Google from collecting $15 per device.

There's no data that supports how much Google makes per android phone. Some people buy it for SMS and never buy apps.

Pretty soon Apple will be collecting $30/android device that violates multitouch etc patents.




RE: Buy one get one free sure is working
By Omega215D on 8/2/2011 3:48:23 PM , Rating: 2
Apple doesn't own multitouch


By TakinYourPoints on 8/3/2011 2:37:29 AM , Rating: 2
Doesn't matter, Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, and lord knows how many other companies hold patents that Google doesn't, and they're going to punish them for not protecting themselves properly.


By vbscript2 on 8/3/2011 2:55:58 AM , Rating: 3
MS labs had multitouch devices years before there was such a thing as an iOS.


Hey Mick
By Phynaz on 8/2/2011 4:11:31 PM , Rating: 2
What Android phone outsells the iPhone?




RE: Hey Mick
By vbscript2 on 8/3/2011 2:57:31 AM , Rating: 5
That would be the Samsung Galaxy S II in the markets where it has already been released. Been outselling iPhone for months in the UK and other European countries.


RE: Hey Mick
By B3an on 8/3/2011 12:52:59 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not surprised. Whenever i show my S2 to iPhone users even they often admit it's clearly better. Even when they dont it's clear they know it is from the look on there faces.


Huh?
By Spuke on 8/2/2011 11:53:28 AM , Rating: 2
The Samsung Galaxy S II is available?




RE: Huh?
By theapparition on 8/2/2011 12:46:19 PM , Rating: 2
Yep,
Just not in the US yet.

The original Galaxy S class phones were available in Europe for about 6 mos before they found thier way to the US.


Android, a Winning Formula?
By rabidcb on 8/2/2011 1:59:09 PM , Rating: 2
Android's... has proved a winning formula for Google Inc. (GOOG) and its hardware partners."

False. Most Android hardware makers are making next to nothing or are losing money. Take a look at Moto's and Sony's latest earnings. The only companies doing well are Samsung and HTC. Samsung makes more than just smartphones and did not report a breakdown of their sales, so its hard to determine how profitable their Android business is. HTC sells standard mobile handsets as well as smartphones.

When a company, Apple, controls 75% of all profits, leaving 25% of the profits to be split up amongst the rest, then you know there is a problem in Android land. Realize the numbers only count iPhones, not iPad or iPod Touch, which also run iOS.

Google is the only company winning the Android share race. They are an advertisement company and rely on user and user data. Moto, HTC, Samsung could give two cents about market share, they are only concerned with profits, which they aren't making.




RE: Android, a Winning Formula?
By Dorkyman on 8/2/2011 2:05:32 PM , Rating: 2
Very true--for the present.

Apple's huge liability is the cult status surrounding its very ill founder. In two years, how will the numbers stack up?

To each his own, but I would NOT want to be buying Apple stock at its present valuation.


RE: Android, a Winning Formula?
By vbscript2 on 8/3/2011 3:07:37 AM , Rating: 2
Marketshare of the platform translates directly into future potential profits. Saying Sammy, Moto, LG, and HTC don't care about the popularity of the Android platform makes about as much sense as saying Dell, HP, and Lenovo don't care about the popularity of the Windows platform.

Sammy and HTC are making profits on Android. Moto will be if they can get their act together, but if they keep delaying products for 5 months after their originally-announced release *cough* Bionic, *cough* they'll keep having trouble. Samsung Galaxy S II is owning iPhone in the markets where it's already released. 5 million devices in 85 days without even releasing in the massive U.S. market. It's a bad time to be buying Apple stock. This year has already seen many Android phones leave Apple's hardware in the dust, a trend that is likely to continue over the coming years as iOS's marketshare continues to plunge (with brief bumps annually when they actually release new hardware that's only a few months behind the current Android devices.)


I said it before...
By msheredy on 8/4/2011 11:17:04 AM , Rating: 2
... and I'll say it again. This comes to no surprise...

...when they subsidize Android phones 100%. Just imagine if Apple were to negotiate a 100% subsidized version of the iPhone. Then things would get interesting.




RE: I said it before...
By Fritzr on 8/5/2011 2:04:42 AM , Rating: 2
Globe Coomunications in Philippines will be giving away iPhone 3GS with an approx $72 a month 2yr contract & iPhone 4 with an approx $120 a month 2yr contract ... fully subsidized iPhones will begin in September when Globe actually starts handing out the iPhones now being preordered. The packages start at no contact & iPhone at full cost and end with multiple high monthly cost & free iPhone 2 yr contracts.

It is very likely that there will be some free iPhones w/exepnsive contracts in other markets as well


RE: I said it before...
By Fritzr on 8/5/2011 2:06:31 AM , Rating: 2
Some days an edit option would be really nice....


I tried
By Pessimism on 8/3/2011 9:32:20 AM , Rating: 2
I tried very hard to like Android.

open source? check
linux based? check
customizable out the wazoo? check

gaping holes in basic functionality? (think early IOS), check :(

base os and applications that CRASH on brand new handsets out of the box before installing any additional software? check :(

Android is a rerun of desktop Linux. It needs to evolve through the exact same growing pains that it did. With Google asleep at the wheel after Gingerbread on handsets, manufacturers artificially EOLing otherwise capable handsets by locking bootloaders and refusing to release updates and Google putting all their effort into their tablet OS, I fail to see when and how that evolution will take place. Linux has a huge head start on it and it is STILL rough around the edges.




Pretty simple math
By vision33r on 8/11/2011 12:41:44 PM , Rating: 2
Free phones, buy 1 get 1 free, and even frequent returns of android phones are causing a huge spike of activations. They ones making the big bucks are the wireless carriers and device makers.




Doesn't matter
By lukarak on 8/3/11, Rating: 0
RE: Doesn't matter
By BSMonitor on 8/3/2011 9:46:20 AM , Rating: 1
Exactly.

This comparison is equivalent to saying Microsoft dominates Apple in PC sales because Windows is on most PCs.

But it is Wednesday, so Mick was due for another flame bait blog.


Android Plateauing
By jbelkin on 8/2/11, Rating: 0
Rear view mirror thinking still prevails
By Tony Swash on 8/2/11, Rating: -1
RE: Rear view mirror thinking still prevails
By gooing on 8/2/2011 8:50:49 PM , Rating: 1
The disparity in profitability has to be enormous for a developer to ignore 60% of the potential market. Most developers of the "killer-app" in reality port it to every platform in order to maximise profitability. Why wouldn't you?

Personally I see WP7 as a potential sleeper-hit, especially when Mango hits. Microsoft only need to sort out their relationship with Verizon, Samsung give up on Android (due to the legal red-tape), and Nokia start putting out some devices and the game could change, rapidly.


RE: Rear view mirror thinking still prevails
By lukarak on 8/3/2011 6:34:15 AM , Rating: 2
It is 60% potential market. However, the revenue you make is not just reverse (60% for apple) but can be almost 4:1.


By Fritzr on 8/3/2011 2:52:11 PM , Rating: 3
Result they develop for Apple, rake in Apple profits AND develop for Android (Why not it's extra income) AND develop for any other OS that has enough user base to generate an income worth grabbing.

In the software industry dominance<>exclusivity. Look at the early 1980s in the time before Microsoft had 90%+ of the userbase. The mobile phone market is a repeat of those roller coaster days of dueling operating systems. Android and Microsoft are in the best position with strong companies backing them and multiple manufacturers distributing compatible hardware.

Apple's Mac was a strong competitor in the early days of windowed operating systems, then Microsoft entered the market with a windowed OS that would run on machines manufactured by almost every manufacturer in the market ... Amiga, Atari ST and Mac suddenly became second tier choices.


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