Linux on the desktop? LOL. Now, Linux on the smartphone...that’s a totally different story.
Which is considered the most developer friendly? Speed in developing cutting edge apps?
From now on, companies hoping to receive early access to Googles most up-to-date software will need approval of their plans. And they will seek that approval from Andy Rubin, the head of Googles Android group. Businessweek
Motorola Mobility has hired a number of experienced mobile and Web engineers from Apple and Adobe and is developing a Web-based mobile operating system as a possible alternative to Googles Android software, according to a source familiar with the matter. InformationWeek
It's interesting that Apple's marketshare is so large for having so few handset models: iPhone 4 and iPhone 3gs.
This is a kind of lame analysis. RIM and Apple make “products”. That is, hardware, software, service etc.
Android is an operating system -not a product. It is used by any manufacturer that wishes to use it. Android could accurately be described as the mobile OS for everyone that is not RIM or Apple. It seems that the market is much more likely to solidify in thirds with RIM, and Apple,holding close to a third, and everybody else sharing the balance using Android.
Iphone and Blackberry have fairly decent market segmentation. Blackberry is a tool used to do work, Iphone is a fashion accessory used to look very very cool.
Fame away appleheads...
The best thing I ever did was to replace my Blackberry with the Droid-X.
The OS or even the hardware platform isn’t the critical factor - smart engineers will innovate and continually improve both. Apple’s biggest contribution was the overall business model, which combined innovative yet solid hardware and software development environment with a back-office that made it simple and easy for non-techie users to customize their devices to their hearts desire. The rapid adoption of the product created an instant market for software apps and more software apps solidified the market position of the product - an extremely virtuous cycle.
Now the problem is - Apple has schooled its competitors and while they still have a large base they no longer are unique. Once a feature or benefit becomes commonplace it turns into a commodity and no longer enables a company to demand a premium for it. And competing on the basis of price is not something Apple is good at.
Funny, I can still build my own PCs, but I’m happy (so far) as a mobile phone caveman.
I like my Nokia 6085 so much that I’ve bought replacements twice on eBay since it’s not being made.
In my defense, I have an office at home, so I don’t need much when I’m away.
Turned off the net and texting. I could use texting on rare occasions, but not enough to be bothered.
Okay so I can upgrade my phone this month and I want to get either a phone with the android os or an Iphone...what, really, is the best? Or are they comparable?
No, really. Finally we have competition in operating systems. Wish it had happened 30 years earlier on x86.
The Android OS will be hard to get away from open source as it is nothing but a copy of various UNIX OSs. Open it up and look inside at the non-free blobs still there still signed.
courtesy ping...mobile phone technology and all that
I’d buy a Google product right after I buy a Huffington Post subscription .
iPhone? No keyboard, no sale. Regardless of OS, at least there are phones running Android that have actual slide-out keyboards. So per my important feature list, they win, and stupid touch screen iPhones lose.
“Apple’s share increased slightly, but is dead in the water and has now fallen way behind Android. Android now has a third of the US market (33%). ... Apple is holding at 25%.”
Huh? One company is dead in the water when that ONE company holds a full quarter of the market and is growing? vs. taking dozens of companies ganging up to get a mere - considering dozens ganging up on one - one third of the market? On top of that, it’s been near a year since that one company refreshed the product that holds one full quarter of the whole market! That’s not dead in the water, that’s kicking ass.
Dude, you don’t hafta use the products! But invest in the company whose products the suckers buy!
I bought an Android, and I work for one of the also-rans.
Android rocks. I wish I worked for Google.
I saw an interview with the guy who runs digital media for Major League Baseball. They have a very successful app that runs on iPhones, iPads, and about 11 different Android devices.
He said the problem with Android is that the people who have it are less likely to buy anything. So the ROI for doing nifty things on Apple’s devices is higher than on Android. Over time this means that there will be more high-quality content available for iStuff than for Android.
I’ve been holding off even shopping for a smart phone. So I guess I have a dumb phone. They seem like fun but I haven’t felt a burning need for one, although there have been times it would have been handy to look something up on the road. Maybe when my b’day rolls around...