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Monday, 13 September 2010 09:50

Android paused to wipe the floor with Apple

Written by Nick Farell
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Why Apple will always be a minority OS
It is starting to look like Apple will become the minority OS of phones and adopt the same role it has in the PC market. According to beancounters at Gartner, Apple is fast losing ground to Android. 

Android will completely wipe out Apple's iPhone operating system by 2014 after passing it this year. It means that it does not matter how many phones Apple will ship, how many fanboys scream that it is a cure for cancer, ultimately the business model is doomed.

Looking at the figures it seems that Gartner is predicting that Apple will be doing its best to hold its market share at 14 per cent a figure that Android over took this week. At the moment the market leader is still Symbian and much of Android's gains are going to be made at that operating system's expense.

It is bad news for Microsoft, as Gartner predicts that it will not even make a dent in the Mobile market. It's important to note that while Gartner's figures do not predict the iPhone will be crushed, it will simply never get any bigger than it is now.

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-38 #1 hellfire 2010-09-13 10:02
once again, did apple kill your cat? iOS and Android are two good mobile OS out there, thats it. Some prefer first one, some prefer second one. And as google get no money for its OS and apple does im not rly sure who can invest more into developing in the future. We'll see :) but as for now im getting tired of this HAIL ANDROID thingy
 
 
+31 #2 Yikes2000 2010-09-13 10:16
Yay for Google!
 
 
+3 #3 guideX 2010-09-13 10:29
I tend to agree on the Gartner analysis on the point of Apple eventually becoming the minority OS i do not agree with it on claiming Winmo 7 will not take off. If there is one thing Microsoft is good at, it would be running an OS monopoly, THEY KNOW what they are doing, lets not forget this is the company that has done this all before in the desktop market, and if the same people do not work there, the same intel still exists.
 
 
+11 #4 hellfire 2010-09-13 10:32
Quoting guideX:
I tend to agree on the Gartner analysis on the point of Apple eventually becoming the minority OS i do not agree with it on claiming Winmo 7 will not take off. If there is one thing Microsoft is good at, it would be running an OS monopoly, THEY KNOW what they are doing, lets not forget this is the company that has done this all before in the desktop market, and if the same people do not work there, the same intel still exists.



personally, im not sure how win7m will get its mobile OS share..maybe some unique functions or surprisingly low pricing..still no signs of any of this
 
 
+19 #5 yasin 2010-09-13 10:33
the reason iOS will be a minority system is numbers.iOS is available on a handful of models.Android is available from nearly every phone manufacturer-there are literally thousands of android phone models already.so chances are the mass market prefers a cheaper phone, and so android, being targeted at the mass market, will always have a better share than iOS, which not only is on exclusive platforms (ie the iphone), but is expensive and not necessary for many people.
 
 
-2 #6 xrodney 2010-09-13 11:09
Quoting guideX:
I tend to agree on the Gartner analysis on the point of Apple eventually becoming the minority OS i do not agree with it on claiming Winmo 7 will not take off. If there is one thing Microsoft is good at, it would be running an OS monopoly, THEY KNOW what they are doing, lets not forget this is the company that has done this all before in the desktop market, and if the same people do not work there, the same intel still exists.

That maybe true for normal OS as windows was most user friendly os, but its not case for OS on mobile devices as windows is already in minority there with its poor 6.8% at 1Q10.
Windows mobile market share is shrinking since 2008 and it wont go better as generally other os is faster and less resource hungry.
 
 
-18 #7 Naterm 2010-09-13 11:12
iOS - Best mobile operating system by wide by narrowing margin. Available on few devices. Really just one device, but Apple usually sells a low capacity previous generation iPhone along with it's newest product. Apple doesn't like carriers messing with it, say by adding crapware.

Android - 'Good enough' mobile operating system that is vastly improving. Available on a wide range of hardware from multiple manufacturers. Carriers are free to load it with craplets.

Is it really a surprise that Android is going to be on more devices in the future? This article is just another Apple-induced Farrelgasm about nothing, with even less actual content. I'm not usually an Apple fan, but Farrel's posts are so incredibly dull that it makes me want to go buy their stuff.
 
 
0 #8 Naterm 2010-09-13 11:14
I think Gartnet may be right about Winmo 7. Microsoft is really, really late to the party. Winmo7 won't even have copy and paste. Yes, iOS didn't have it when it launched but that is pointless. It has it now, Winmo7 should have it now.

I think Microsoft may be so far behind that it is impossible to catch up with the two technological leaders (Apple and Google). I think it should cost Balmer his job, as if his firing needs a reason.
 
 
+6 #9 Naterm 2010-09-13 11:15
Sorry to post-spam...but shouldn't it be 'Android POISED to wipe the floor with Apple'?
 
 
+7 #10 valhar2000 2010-09-13 11:38
Quoting Naterm:
Sorry to post-spam...but shouldn't it be 'Android POISED to wipe the floor with Apple'?


Maybe Android was running past iOS so fast that it actually had to stop (to pause) in order to be able to wipe the floor with it. It sounds silly now, but when I first read the headline that's what I thought it meant.
 

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