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Android is terminating the competition's sales with its superior products and broader selection.  (Source: PocketNow)

Android (green) is now ahead of Apple and RIM in terms of new phone purchases in the U.S., according to Nielsen.  (Source: Nielsen)

Android's total ownership is also soaring.  (Source: Nielsen)
Android passes the iPhone and Research in Motion in new purchase market share, says Nielsen

If you listen to its naysayers Android is doomed -- its hardware is too heterogeneous, its interface is cluttered, Google is making a mistake giving it away for free, and it's hard to develop for.  Well, those arguments should sound familar -- after all, they were among those leveled against the PC over the years.

And much as the PC (with Microsoft's Windows OS) left IBMs and Apples coughing in the dust in the 1980s, today in the 2010s Google's Android OS is similarly leaving behind Research in Motion and Apple. 

According to the Nielsen Company, Google's U.S. market share has continued to soar, with Android hitting 32 percent of new purchases in August, as Apple's iPhone iOS has dipped to 25 percent and RIM has risen ever-so-slightly to 26 percent.  Just a month prior (in July), the firm showed the various competitors virtually neck-and-neck when it came to new purchases, with Google holding 28 percent, Apple holding 26 percent, and RIM holding 25 percent.

According to Nielsen in terms of complete market share (not just new buyers), Apple has been holding steady, dipping from 26 percent in January 2010 to 25 percent in August.  RIM's Blackberry OS, meanwhile dipped from 36 percent to 31 percent.  But Google soared upwards, more than doubling from 8 percent in January to 19 percent in August.

RIM and Apple seem relatively powerless to stop Google.  RIM has managed to only come up with one significant new smart phone model (the Blackberry Torch), while Apple's only hope seems to lie with its yearly refreshes and waiting for AT&T exclusivity to finally end.  At the end of the day both competitors seem extremely unlikely to be able to muster the kind of challenge needed to reverse Google's course.

When it comes down to it, Microsoft's plodding path to victory on the desktop and Google's steady path to victory on the smart phone are highly analogous.  Both firms ditched the popular closed proprietary hardware environments that dominated the market at their time of entry and both companies put aside a focus on fine-tuning every minutia to try to make a "magical" OS.  In both cases, the OS makers instead focused on putting their product in the hands of lots of hardware partners and offering consumers a broader selection of choices.  And consumers, as it turns out, seem to like choice.

So while the Android naysayers are unlikely to go away for some time, they'll likely be getting frustrated and tired before long, as Android continues to punish the competition.

Of course Apple's fans can take comfort -- much like its battle with Microsoft in the PC market, Apple doesn't need to outsell Google in the smart phone market to be hugely profitable.  Apple's ability to charge premium prices for less than premium hardware means that although the company only has a 2.8 percent current global market share, it makes 39 percent of the profits.  For that reason it seems unlikely that we'll see Apple whither under the beating it's receiving from Google, but it seems equally unlikely that Apple and RIM will be able to prevent Google from establishing itself as the king of the market.


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RE: challenging a quote
By Pirks on 10/6/2010 12:31:51 PM , Rating: -1
Prooflink? I'll give ya prooflink alright.

NUMBER ONE:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3908/motorola-droid-...

"There’s a sporadically low FPS, choppy 1 second fade animation. Hit home to go back to the home screen, and there’s another 1 second fade animation. Go to settings -> display and set animations to “no window animations are shown,” and the second long blur animation will still happen every single time"

NUMBER TWO:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3891/samsung-epic-4g...

"The one thing all Android phones I’ve laid my hands on have in common is varying degrees of a choppy UI. Some are worse than others but they all exhibited it. The choppiness is really apparent when compared to the iPhone. Scrolling through apps, or down web pages would just feel choppy - as if we weren’t running at a smooth or constant frame rate"

You like choppy fuck instead of a smooth ride? Welcome to the Android Jerky World then :P Pay attention how crap software makes your "better than iPhone" hardware look stupid, haha.

"you agree that Apple hardware is not necessarily better than others?"

No, I don't agree. Common industry quality issues are just a SMALL PART of the big picture.


RE: challenging a quote
By robinthakur on 10/6/2010 12:53:59 PM , Rating: 2
It must be harder to optimise Android for all the different hardware permutations, so give HTC, Motorola, Samsung et al a break. Some people can live with the slight jerkiness, although I am not one of them.

This lack of fluidity is actually why I stuck with IP4 this year, can't stand jerkiness even occasional. That and the fragmented hardware on all droid handsets making upgrading to Froyo a right hassle, leaving you dependant on the manufacturers. If they all shipped with virgin Android 2.2 I would have been more tempted (with the exception of the Appstore which is peerless on iPhone notwithstanding Google's great Android exclusives) That, and the Android phones I've played with so far including the Galaxy S, Desire and Droid 2 have cheap build quality and design compared to the IP4, not to mention the appalling battery life. Lastly the icons and home screens remind me of all the cheap 'iPhone-killer' knock-offs which seemed to flood the market after 2007 from LG and the rest, and just doesn't seem to have the 'polish' of iOS, but I concede this is a matter of taste to an extent. Android is more popular in America, so perhaps it's designed for American tastes ;)

Perhaps things might be different for my next upgrade, but I will always judge handsets on their own merit, from the point of view of my own needs and buy the best, regardless of manufacturer or brand loyalty.


RE: challenging a quote
By The Raven on 10/6/2010 4:05:43 PM , Rating: 2
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Tapping on the up arrow to launch the applications list no longer results in an instantaneous presentation of applications. Instead, there’s a sporadically low FPS, choppy 1 second fade animation.

So he's saying it was instantaneous on the Droid 1 (I'm guessing). Then in the other article:
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The one thing all Android phones I’ve laid my hands on have in common is varying degrees of a choppy UI. Some are worse than others but they all exhibited it. The choppiness is really apparent when compared to the iPhone.

So I'm not sure where these guys stand. Like is it not noticeable if you aren't holding an iPhone right next to it? I'm not sure how they're measuring that. I have never used an iPhone right after using an Android based device so I'm not sure, but if I did I think I would notice the lag based on what these guys are saying. But since I don't own a smartphone (or an iPhone for that matter ;-), I can't tell any noticeable difference. And I have used various models that my friends have/had.

But I think we might be able to agree that when compared to the iPhone, Android devices might have a reletively choppy interface. But then again, maybe that is because it is running a video wallpaper ;-)

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"you agree that Apple hardware is not necessarily better than others?" No, I don't agree. Common industry quality issues are just a SMALL PART of the big picture.

You crapped on his point about faulty Apple products and then backtrack? I give up.

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You like choppy f**k instead of a smooth ride? Welcome to the Android Jerky World then :P Pay attention how crap software makes your "better than iPhone" hardware look stupid, haha.

This is exactly what Mac owners said about Windows and IBM clones. But then when they could get all the best peripherals and apps working (oft times even with some effort) they chose Windows because it was more capable (more open). Smoothness had little to do with it. I am one who would take some chop to do more than I can with an iPhone buying overpriced hardware and overpriced apps.


RE: challenging a quote
By Pirks on 10/6/2010 4:14:35 PM , Rating: 2
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You crapped on his point about faulty Apple products and then backtrack?
No, it's you who crapped on my point about common industry wide hardware failures being irrelevant and now trying to backtrack. Whatever.
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I am one who would take some chop to do more than I can with an iPhone
A normal point of view for a techie but most consumers are not techies, and hence have different priorities, so...


RE: challenging a quote
By The Raven on 10/6/2010 4:42:03 PM , Rating: 2
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No, it's you who crapped on my point about common industry wide hardware failures being irrelevant and now trying to backtrack. Whatever.

He said:
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And generally speaking the build quality and reliability of Apple products isn't as good as other brands. iPhones are known to over heat and I know many people who have broken theirs from normal usage.

You then ask for proof providing none of your own and then try to show it with an anecdotal evidence that is every bit as unpersuasive as Matt's, implying that "Apple hardware is not necessarily better than others" as I said. Though I conceed that I did miss his point a bit. But I was in the right direction.

If I am incorrect, then you are saying that Apple hardware is superior.

In which case we will need a prooflink.


RE: challenging a quote
By Pirks on 10/6/2010 4:54:18 PM , Rating: 2
Here's your prooflink: http://businesscenter.jdpower.com/news/pressreleas...

"For a fourth consecutive time, Apple ranks highest in customer satisfaction among manufacturers of smartphones with a score of 800 on a 1,000-point scale, and performs particularly well in ease of operation, operating system, features and physical design"


RE: challenging a quote
By The Raven on 10/6/2010 5:58:55 PM , Rating: 2
This is subjective to the extent that the opinions are of people who overpaid for their devices. Why would someone want to admit they were stupid for drinking the koolaid that Jobs dishes up? So this is not proof. How about a link showing how CR gave the iPhone 4 a do not buy rating? http://blogs.consumerreports.org/electronics/2010/...

But with that said, I'd agree that this JDP article does say good things about Apple. But among those exceptional attributes listed, "ease of operation, operating system, features and physical design." I'm not seeing hardware or software reliability.

And besides, Apple scored 1% better than 2nd place Motorola and 2% better than HTC. Wow they are so much better! This proves nothing. It is the voices in your head that are telling you that Apple is inherently superior somehow.


RE: challenging a quote
By Pirks on 10/6/2010 6:24:20 PM , Rating: 2
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This is subjective to the extent that the opinions are of people who overpaid for their devices
Yea, next thing you say is that cheapo goods are actually better because they cost less, used cars are better than new cars and so on. And when I ask why owners of the new expensive cars are more satisfied than the owners of the old rusty cheapo cars you will start singing the same song about rich people being duped into buying overpriced new car crap, after all who'd buy an OVERPRICED new car when you can get NOT OVERPRICED used rusty beater for MUCH LESS, right? At this point I guess we have nothing to discuss further.
quote:
I'm not seeing hardware or software reliability
Nice try at switching the subject, you started with "why hardware is better" and now you suddenly singing about "software reliablity" and stuff. Who knows what you gonna sing next.


RE: challenging a quote
By The Raven on 10/7/2010 9:54:46 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
This is subjective to the extent that the opinions are of people who overpaid for their devices

I'm just pointing out that it is a consumer opinion poll. Do you not agree that a majority of Apple users have a stronger brand loyalty than most other smartphone makers? And if that is the case, I am saying that the numbers would be A BIT (no, I'm not saying it is everything) skewed since this is a study regarding customer satisfaction.

Then couple that with the fact that Apple did only 1%-2% better than the competition, I am saying that this article proves that it is a wash at best.

quote:
Nice try at switching the subject, you started with "why hardware is better" and now you suddenly singing about "software reliablity" and stuff. Who knows what you gonna sing next.


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I'm not seeing hardware or software reliability

Let me say that again... HARDWARE.....OR...


RE: challenging a quote
By Pirks on 10/6/2010 6:27:44 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
This is subjective to the extent that the opinions are of people who overpaid for their devices
Yea, next thing you say is that cheapo goods are actually better because they cost less, used cars are better than new cars and so on. And when I ask why owners of the new expensive cars are more satisfied than the owners of the old rusty cheapo cars you will start singing the same song about rich people being duped into buying overpriced new car crap, after all who'd buy an OVERPRICED new car when you can get NOT OVERPRICED used rusty beater for MUCH LESS, right? At this point I guess we have nothing to discuss further.
quote:
I'm not seeing hardware or software reliability
Nice try at switching the subject, you started with "why hardware is better" and now you suddenly singing about "software reliability" and stuff. Who knows what you gonna sing next.


RE: challenging a quote
By xpax on 10/6/2010 5:50:23 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
A normal point of view for a techie but most consumers are not techies, and hence have different priorities, so...

Oh Pirks, you make me wish I had infinite votes to apply to you and your insane ramblings.

What the graphs above illustrate is: you're wrong. People want choice and they want value. I know many non-techies who despise Apple and wouldn't buy an iPhone if it was the only phone available.

Do you honestly think that the numbers above are solely the result of techies buying Android phones? No. They're smart, informed consumers who are tired of pointlessly padding Apple's bottom line so they can have more flexibility and choice stripped away from them. They're tired of being told stupid, absurd things like "you're holding it wrong."


RE: challenging a quote
By Pirks on 10/6/2010 6:11:07 PM , Rating: 2
What graphs and numbers are you talking about? The post you replied to has neither.


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