I think Eric Schmidt has every reason to be optimistic. Just a year ago, the amount of quality app releases on the Android Marketplace were few and far between. Today, many major devs release simultaneously (or close to) on iOS and Android, and there even a few that are releasing on Android first. If current trends continue, and we have no reason to think they won't, Android Marketplace will dominate its iOS counterpart by the end of 2012 in total number of apps available, number of apps released weekly, and in platform exclusive apps.
Apple seems to think that intellectual property litigation can stop the juggernaut that is Android (by going after the hardware manufacturers), however that strategy is proving to have little, if any, real effect on Android device sales. If they really want to stem the tide, they should start competing in the areas where Android is current beating them, and that's cost and variety. By now, Apple should have had at least 3 varieties of iPhone on the market, with one catering to the low end (the iPod Nano/Touch crowd), one catering to the mid-range (the iPhone 3GS/4 crowd), and one to the high end (4S and above crowd). In this day of smartphone lust, the average consumer wants to upgrade their phone at least once a year. By the time Apple releases the iPhone 5, Android will have seen the release of multiple quad core devices with PC-like CPU/GPU power, full HD screens, 12MP+ cameras, and every other lustworthy item in the spec column ticked off, and all will be priced less than the iPhone 5. They simply cannot compete.
Nick, 07 Dec 2011Quite possible that Android is on top of iOS in pure numbers. But, after having had two Androi... morewell if limits of iOS is ok for you,good luck with that castrated os ;) and I think 2 phones you had was lowest class android phones,and even maybe eclair versions :)
BlacKcaT, 07 Dec 2011to start with im not an iFanboy or android fanboy, but how many android devices are out there ... moreNot fair? I didn't know there were rules governing how many devices a manufacturer could release. I also didn't know these rules didn't apply to Apple. Apple chooses not to release more devices because they don't like to consumers choices. But here is the real news flash. If apple released Iphone 4S alongside Iphone 4T....4S sales would decrease. The the whole claim about the volume of phones on the market is pointless. Releasing more devices would only cut into apple's pie.
Nick, 07 Dec 2011Quite possible that Android is on top of iOS in pure numbers. But, after having had two Androi... moregotta agree with you, only reason im not with with idevices is the small screen and the lack of features and design of it, u cant really have it your way with iphone, one thing i hate is icons all over my screen android gives the user to have it or not, its all up to you!
i use dumb phone like motorola gleam and carry ipod touch. it gives me best value for money :D
a symbian in its oldest days, apple is unique, all andriod device and vendors (samsung, sony, motorolla, etc...) are fighting one device iPHONE, and they say andriod :D
that really makes me lough hhhhhh
Blankman, 07 Dec 2011Fair comments about iOS. It's just better.
Android works fine on high end phones, but I've... moreWhen an apple device or app crashes, you don't notice it cause Apple don't give any error messages. Apple doesn't feel it's important that the users knows. The app will crash in the background or the system will just ask you press the powerbutton instead of the "threatening" warning errors you get from other OSs.
So the notion that IOS etc are more stable is just like a lot of other sting applerelated, fake.
Blankman, 07 Dec 2011Fair comments about iOS. It's just better. Android works fine on high end phones, but I've... moreYou can only compare Android High-End evices with iPhone, cuz iPhone sells only High-End. If you would have an iOS device with low hardware... well then have fun :) Like iPhone 3G with iOS 4.2.1. really smoooooooooth, right? ^^
Nick, 07 Dec 2011Quite possible that Android is on top of iOS in pure numbers. But, after having had two Androi... moreAll people talk about lags... All talk about iPhone havig no lag at all, not true. Any by the way, the only reason for iOS being not so laggy is its UI Hardware acceleration, nothing more. ICS will offer a UI Hardware Acceleration, this will boost Android and its dual core devices much more than any Apple Device can be capable of. AND THATS REALITY, iOS startet it, I accept that and envy it for that, but Android is in functions just better as of right now and near future. People have to understand, that things change and who once was good aint good right now, like Nokia.
Back to android for me.Bought the 4£ and its the most boring device ive used.Horribke customisation and being tied to itunes is terrible.All of them look the same and the software is looking so tired.Took mine back and got the note.Very happy a totally different poece of kit and having divx support and bluetooth and expandable storage is a must.My 4s battery was terrible and the signal was rubbish.
first understand the limitations and Advantages between the other OS, then talk about the platforms, Android is good OS but not up on iOS or Windows 7.5 Mango.
Fair comments about iOS. It's just better.
Android works fine on high end phones, but I've had a number of crashes (which not even my old Symbian had).
More power to Google...and i have 4 android devices...all of them are working fine and smoothly no issue so far...Thank you Google.
what does being on top mean for BIG -G (Google).....if whole android thing doesnot produce as profit as some of the I-OS SOFTWERE DEVELOPERS????
Quite possible that Android is on top of iOS in pure numbers. But, after having had two Android devices, both of them experiencing software issues such as a very frequently freezing menu, I purchased an iPhone 4S. I have to say, the comparison between Android devices (no matter from which manufacturer) is very far fetched and not realistic. Apple knows how to build a mobile device that does not squeek, cracks and always works. Sorry guys, that' reality.