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 You think they threw together a smartwatch in a year after hearing a rumor of an Apple iWatch?  You have to learn a thing or two about marketing new products.  Physical and software design processes aside, they have to create a new assembly line.   They can't just put their Galaxy phone line into watch mode.  That can take a year in and of itself depending on how flexible their factories are.
 You're gonna be shocked by this, but I agree with most of what you wrote. There is no reason at all to be impressed by a billion activations. At this point it's obvious that Android is here to stay and that it's on a whole lot of devices. As for obsolescence of Android devices, I would say that is true except for the Nexus line and the flagships for each manufacturer. If someone, God forbid, decides to buy a Galaxy Fame, then they are using a device that would have...
 http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5457 There's more than one kind of fragmentation.
 http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/27/2827545/andy-rubin-850k-android-activations-a-day-300m-total-devices-12m Activations are counted using the ID unique to each device.  Andy Rubin says that devices are not counted twice when resold or reset.
This watch looks awful.  I think they tried to design it after a Galaxy phone.
    You are both right on the money.  My examples were just check boxes because that's an important aspect of comparing two things.  Qualitatively, everything was better on the iPhone.  It was better by a factor of 10.   And the reason it was so much better?  The capacitive screen and what it allowed you to do from a UX standpoint.
    You're completely misinterpreting what I'm saying.  The iPhone changed the game with its capacitive screen.  Every competitor had to use a capacitive screen to remain relevant.  What didn't change (at least initially) was what you could do with your phone.  You remember the first iPhone right?  It was pretty limited in functionality until the Appstore came about.  Today we can do thousands of things that old smartphones (and the first iPhone) couldn't do.
  They did exactly the same things as the first iPhone.  The essential change was the addition of a capacitive touch screen.  I don't mean to diminish that step forward in the functionality of the smartphone, but the change in what you could actually do with the phones was minimal initially.   Use of multiple applications?  Check, Check. Ability to browse the internet?  Check, Check. Ability to send email?  Check, Check. Take and view photos and videos?  Check,...
Are you actually suggesting that the iPhone was the first smartphone?
  I can't find the explicit APIs for Apple's integration.  Here is how Android's APIs work: http://developer.android.com/about/versions/android-3.1.html   These APIs have been in place for about 3 years now.
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