★ The Church of Market Share:
The truth is, the average Android user is not the same as an average iPhone user. iPhone users surf the web more, they’re more willing to buy software, they’re more willing to install and use apps…
You can say that it’s elitist or arrogant to argue that iOS users are better customers than Android users. But you can also say that it’s the truth.
(Via Daring Fireball)
Apple has 2/3rds the share of industry profits while it has garnered only 5% in market share. Why would I want to go after market share in this scenario?
My Month With the Nexus S – Release Candidate One:
“I said at the start that if the Nexus S were my first-ever smartphone I’d probably love it. But since it wasn’t my first, I come to it (and maybe more importantly to the operating system) with expectations of performance, stability, battery life, and general attention to detail that it just can’t meet. Sure, it comes with a whole host of freedoms that I can exercise, like installing a third-party keyboard component to replace the system keyboard, but I didn’t exercise those freedoms because I don’t care, I’m just not that guy. I never themed my Windows installations, never jailbroke my iPhone, never turbocharged my car. I want a phoneputer that just works and lets me pursue my own goals; goals that don’t include being a sysadmin. The Nexus S does everything one could reasonably expect of a smartphone, and it does them competently, but if you’ve experienced a smartphone that does those things exceptionally, mere competence is a big step backward.”
(Via Daring Fireball.)
Features vs. usability really is not a contest.
Windows Phone 7 Fails To Halt Microsoft’s Mobile Slide:
Microsoft’s share of U.S. smartphone platforms slipped 1.7%, to 8%, during the three months ended Jan. 31, according to market watcher comScore. Over the same period, Google Android’s share increased 7.7%, to 31.2%, while Apple’s iPhone held steady—increasing .1% to 24.7%.
(Via InformationWeek – All Stories And Blogs.)
Ouch. No hardware carrier needs two monkeys on their back. Microsoft’s traditional model has been to charge for their OS and appropriate some value from the OEM. Google’s turns all that on its head. In fact, Google is willing to pay through revenue sharing on search. Microsoft’s rumored “billions” paid to Nokia to implement on Windows Phone is too little, too late. Microsoft can’t pay everybody to implement on their OS.
Malware on Android Market:
Aaron Gingrich, for Android Police:
Openness — the very characteristic of Android that makes us love it — is a double-edged sword. Redditor lompolo has stumbled upon a perfect example of that fact; he’s noticed that a publisher has taken ‘… 21 popular free apps from the market, injected root exploits into them and republished.’ The really scary part? ‘50k-200k downloads combined in 4 days.’
There’s another APK hidden inside the code, and it steals nearly everything it can: product ID, model, partner (provider?), language, country, and userID. But that’s all child’s play; the true pièce de résistance is that it has the ability to download more code. In other words, there’s no way to know what the app does after it’s installed, and the possibilities are nearly endless. [emphasis mine]
(Via Daring Fireball.)
Do I even have to say it?