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1 PeterYim commented Permalink

I seriously doubt Google Android can take over the iphone market. The good thing about close software and one platform, in the case of iphone, is that developers only have to test their code on one simulator, not 16 or so in the android case. Moreover, linux has never taken over the masses of windows in PC market. It really took another close-source company, Apple, to take away some share of the PC market lately.

2 Rex1Ballard commented Permalink

Is it really neccessary to poach iPhone users to Google?
This is the same kind of "Monopoly Think" that locked us into Windows for 20 years.

 
There are billions of cell phones in use world-wide, and less than 1% are iPhone users. Apple does a very successful business by not making more of a product than it thinks it can realistically sell at a high profit margin. This is why a MacBook sells for 3-4 times the price of nearly identical hardware that runs Windows.
 
If ONLY 10% of all cell phone users who AREN'T iPhone users - purchased an Android phone instead of the Symbian or proprietary phone - Android could outsell blackberry, iPhone, and Windows combined. According to IDC and Gartner reports, Android already IS outselling iPhone and Blackberry but that doesn't mean that people have stopped buying iPhone or Backberry.
 
Android is supported by at least 6 of the major manufacturers, including Motorola, Samsung, HTC, LG, and Nokia.
Android is disttributed by nearly all major carriers - including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, and NexTel.
 
Android offers lots of software from lots of publishers and only blocks distributions if the application is known to be a Trojan Horse.
 
Android may also raise expectations. For example, most people don't expect to be able to upgrade their cell phone operating system, but Linux users are accustomed to automatic upgrades that keep them current and compatible. Customers get upset if the application they really want that just came out - only works on Android 2.2 and doesn't work on Android 2.1 and they have a 2.1 phone. I suspect this will be resolved relatively quickly.
 
The real opportunity for Android is to ease the transition from "Feature Phones" to Android.
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_operating_system
 

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