Source: IDC [press release]
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.