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[News] Android/Linux is Winning at the Expense of Apple, Microsoft Lost

  • Subject: [News] Android/Linux is Winning at the Expense of Apple, Microsoft Lost
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2010 18:57:15 +0100
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Research: Androidâs Big Lead Over Apple In Free Apps 

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| The latest numbers from mobile app store 
| monitor Distimo show major differences in 
| appsâ prices in Googleâs Android Market and 
| Appleâs App Store. While the majority of 
| apps on the Android Market are free, only 
| about a quarter on the App Store are. 
| Advantage Android or advantage App Store? 
| Debatable. Consumers might prefer free apps, 
| but developers want a marketplace where itâs 
| commonplace to charge.


Microsoft's past - the future to Android's iPhone victory

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| The desktop market was won by Microsoft in 
| large part because of its appeal to the 
| broadest segment of the developer population 
| â cue the Steve Ballmer fight song, complete 
| with sweat stains and manic enthusiasm.
| In mobile, Microsoft is AWOL because it has 
| failed to attract developers in meaningful 
| numbers. Instead, Apple and now Google claim 
| the biggest share of mobile developer 
| mindshare.
| Why? Well, because of money, of course.


Apple Has ZERO Idea What Android Is

,----[ Quote ]
| So let's get this straight. According to 
| Apple, Droid, Nokia, and RIM are all 
| examples of phone categories. In referencing 
| Android devices as Droids, Apple's PR 
| department is showing a severe lack of 
| understanding for the world of smartphones 
| that they are claiming to be so 
| authoritative in. Clearly having been sucked 
| into Verizon's Droid Does campaign (pretty 
| impressive on Verizon's part, if I might say 
| so myself), Apple clearly doesn't "get" that 
| Android is a platform that resides on over 
| 60 devices worldwide.



AdMobâs Final Mobile Metrics Report: Android Rising, But Apple Still Dominates Worldwide

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| Over the past two years, mobile ad impressions from smartphones
| have grown from 22 percent of the total to 46 percent in May,
| 2010.  Apple iOS devices account for the largest portion worldwide,
| with 40 percent share. But as you can see in the chart above,
| that share has been declining since it peaked above 50 percent
| in November, 2009.  Over that time, Android has been
| steadily taking share, rising to 26 percent.


A Little Over A Year Later, Android Is Unstoppable

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| The more you look at Android today, the
| more you have to think back to the fact
| that early last year, people wondered
| whether Google's mobile operating system
| would even survive.  There were countless
| columns in March of 2009 trumpeting the
| fact that only one Android handset was
| shown at Mobile World Congress that year.
| Now, Android is spreading out far beyond
| just the many smartphones it appears on.
| This week, Cisco announced a new tablet
| based on the OS, and that's just one new
| direction for Android.


Why do I use an Android phone?

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| However, at the same time, there is one
| thing that I would point out as an
| Android, even at this time: the fact that
| an Android phone is a complete peer to the
| PC and not a slave to it in any way.

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