Android Dominating Surging Smartphone Market

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MaximumMike

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Suijen

The Android OS covers far more bases than Apple's. Really, you can count the current number on your hand how many current-gen Apple products there are. Android is on great smartphones, crappy smartphones, and everything in between and outside. If consumers didn't care about brand, they'd statistically would be more likely to get an Android phone simply because its range is greater.

On a side note, I take the Beijing Subway almost everyday, and a lot of people are fiddling with their smartphones. These smartphones are either Apple or Galaxies, and the past year, from my own observation, the proportion of Iphones to Galaxies has been changing to the Galaxies' favor. There's quite a number of Galaxy Notes here too, for both men and women.

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kixofmyg0t

Well I have 10 Android devices myself, it's a great platform.

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HiGHRoLLeR038

I have a Windows phone and i love it!! It's sad that they only hold 2.4% of the market. Even below a company called Saba?, never frickin heard of them haha.

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stradric

Hmm, so the drop in iPhone marketshare seems to contradict the supposed higher user satisfaction ratings.

Android beats out iOS for the same reason Windows beat out Mac OS in the 80s and 90s. Apple just doesn't learn, though clearly they're enjoying far more success with iOS than they ever did with Mac OS.

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Cregan89

Apple also pulled in more net income last quarter than Microsoft and Google combined. I don't think they're too worried about OS market share.

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whathuhitwasntme

I think the reason why apple pulled more coin out of this market than Google with the android platform would be because it doesn't calculated like that. IF Samsung sells the galaxy s3, the profit gets counted towards Samsung not Google. Since we are dividing the numbers up, it will never truly reflect the power of the android base vs the iOS. if you added them all up, you would see it grow exponentially and it would not even be a close margin.

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cupoftea

Even with Apples 4-5% market share they still manage to generate 54% of all smartphone profit. Now thats pretty impressive. Personaly I am happy with my new S3 and have no intention of buying an iphone, its just a pity I have to keep it wrapped up in bubble wrap in case it breaks. Still waiting on some needed apps to be ported over from ios.

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JeffDenver

"Not surprising. Android can be licensed to anyone. iOS is proprietary."

Hilarious.

End users do not care if one is proprietary or not. They had a choice to buy an iPhone, and chose Android instead. And before anyone brings up the tired and worn out "OMG low end phones" excuse: The best selling Android phones are NOT low end phones...the Galaxy S3 was the world's best selling smartphone last quarter and it is not low end by anyone's standards.

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Jeffredo

Not surprising. Android can be licensed to anyone. iOS is proprietary. While its market share dropped it doesn't mean the iPhone is a failure.

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mark0820

I don't think it's a failure, but it is a sign that Apple has lost a step. I'm not a fan of Apple or it's products, but fully admit that smartphones wouldn't be as popular without the iPhone or iOS. However they need some new innovation to catch up to Android. Android went from playing catch up to the dominant force in smartphones because they released cool features that were user friendly and they just worked. People are tired of getting the same crap with each "new" phone with minor tweaks. You can say that to a degree with Droids, but even going from the Galaxy S2 to the S3 felt like a pretty big upgrade in tech.

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wolfing

nobody said the iPhone is a failure.
But, one of the things Apple fans tout is that supposedly developers prefer creating programs for iPhone than Android because supposedly 'Android users are not used to pay for apps like iPhone users', but when the market share is about 5 times higher, that point is moot.

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stradric

Fragmentation in the Android market also introduces frustration for developers. Apps that don't run on certain phones get voted down in the market and dull exposure. iOS provides a much friendlier environment.

Android has certainly gotten better since ICS with regard to standardizing the platform. The problem is that it's going to be a few years before all Android devices are running Android 4+. Even some older devices may never run 4+. Cyanogen won't support CM9+ on a Droid Incredible for example. They're stuck with CM7.2, which is based on Gingerbread.

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MaximumMike

Yes, because we all know that Cyanogen Mod is supported on every iteration of the iPhone, and also that trivial things like changing the port on your device don't cause any sort of (irreversible) hardware fragmentation. Moving from one iOS device to another is always a smooth and cohesive experience, even if they do occasionally drop a service you were accustomed to having on the last device.

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