quote: Because it's just the early days of mobile, just the dawn. Remember that at the dawn of personal computers the Apple platform dominated too, by their uniformity, high profits and lack of choice. Then fragmented ubercheap and truly universal Windows came along and Apple bit the dust. Now history repeats itself - again Apple got new market with a new uniform expensive platform without any choice whatsoever and again ubercheap universal and very fragmented Android came by and took the market just like Windows did 20 years ago. Watch the history repeating itself Tony, this is gonna be fun!
quote: Do mean like what happened with the iPod
quote: why, given that the Android market space is now bigger than the iOS market, do developers make nearly four times as much money from the iOS space?
quote: on the whole it is a poor way to analyse the world
quote: Things seem to be different now but working out how they are different requires nuanced and new thinking
quote: Your own prejudices against this "bad" (for Apple) piece of history do not change the fact that now things are very similar to those in 1990s. You just afraid to admit this because you are afraid of this particular "bad" piece of history.
quote: For the same reasons developers made less money with Windows than with Apple back in those early PC days. This did not prevent Windows from winning in the end though.
quote: then why are developers feverishly porting their once exclusive iOS apps to Android, and Android Market almost at the same number of available apps...Simple marketshare.
quote: why in so many metrics does iOS seem to trounce Android
quote: Do mean like what happened with the iPod....uuhh....wait a minute....
quote: Seriously though your response does not answer my actual question which is why, given that the Android market space is now bigger than the iOS market, do developers make nearly four times as much money from the iOS space?
quote: Trying to crowbar the conditions and structure of the desktop PC market of the 1990s into the mobile device market of the early 21st century just does not work. Things seem to be different now but working out how they are different requires nuanced and new thinking.
quote: The iPod doesn't matter from here on in because it's fading away into obscurity. These devices have limited uses and therefore a limited life. Everything a dedicated music player used to do, a tablet and a phone can do in the same form factors
quote: iPod Touch remains a very useful and popular entry level device to get people (particularly kids) into the iOS ecosystem.
quote: once Apple had shown that the iPod could be such a big and successful business and given that the iPod contained no unique features (other than the OS and the patented clickwheel) the whole of the rest of the electronics industry failed, utterly, over an entire decade to even remotely dent it's dominance. Why?
quote: it's pretty messy and fragmented thanks to the phone makers but it's open
quote: I have yet to hear an explanation of how 'being open' translates into single tangible advantage for the end user
quote: I have yet to hear an explanation of how 'being open' translates into single tangible advantage for the end user.
quote: I get to install what I want when I want. I get to modify my device how I want and when I want without having Apple mess up my device with their control freak policies
quote: Also you can have many cool apps when you have an open system that insecure Apple wouldn't dare allow. Like Flash, tethering apps and so on. It's MY choice what I want to install.
quote: It's freedom vs a fascist control. Which do you think is better?