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Topic # 113290 12-Jan-2013 10:14 Send private message

Hi All,

Having had a number of discussions with my colleagues about iPhones and Androids recently, I decided to write a follow up blog to the one I posted earlier with the same title.

Much has changed in the last two years since my original post. Android platform is now much more widely used and is winning the market share. New entrants into the market, such as Windows Phone devices haven't really managed to take market or mind share and the dinosaurs such as Blackberry are slowly disappearing. So this is still very much a two-horse race. iPhone vs. Android.

At Vadacom we work with both the iPhone and the Android platform.  My personal view is that unless Apple is able to make a big leap with the next iOS version and the new range of the iOS based devices this year, we will see Android continuing dominating the market share to the point where iOS will become another niche player.

That would be a shame as I am a great believer in having competition to fuel innovation.

What are your thoughts? 

Here is the link to my blog with a bit more of my views and what it is we are doing with iPhone and Android platforms.






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  Reply # 743700 12-Jan-2013 10:46 Send private message

read your blog ... why do we lose?

we lose all the time to banks, etc etc .... is that what you mean



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  Reply # 743705 12-Jan-2013 10:52 Send private message

We loose because lack of competition stagnates innovation.

We've seen it with smart phone's in the early 2000's. Then iPhone revolutionised the smartphones. Then Android came along and fuelled the competition further.





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  Reply # 743713 12-Jan-2013 11:12 Send private message

igorportugal: We loose because lack of competition stagnates innovation.

We've seen it with smart phone's in the early 2000's. Then iPhone revolutionised the smartphones. Then Android came along and fuelled the competition further.



Lack of competition stagnating innovation?

The fierce competition between the two giants is probably the only thing that has provoked the amazing innovation that we have seen, without these two giants we would not have anywhere near the functionality that we have today. The small players are small for a reason, they don't have enough fresh new ideas that grab consumers attention to build a decent market share.

In saying that I do hope that WP8 grows steadily to give more choice but I am staying in the Android camp for a while longer I think.




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  Reply # 743728 12-Jan-2013 12:00 Send private message

It would be good to see a genuinely community oriented open operating system platform on the market. That could really speed things up in the platform development area and help with the update situation. iOS is closed, Android is sort of open but not community oriented at all.

Hope on the horizon with Ubuntu is starting to make a good effort but I don't yet see how manufacturers will be driven to use it. At least it will have a niche start with many existing Ubuntu users if they provide excellent integration (like iOS/Mac OSX) and they can keep it going long enough to give manufacturers confidence in the project.

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