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We're talking about almost half of the Android phones out there still running Gingerbread... and you think it's by choice?Think of all those cheap $100 unlocked phones sold across the globe. They don't come with anything higher than Gingerbread and will never receive any updates.There are a million new Android phones activated every day... and half of them are stuck with a 2 year old OS. That's what's happening...
You're right... running a software update and installing a patch is nothing. But tell that to the 47% of Android users who are currently stuck on Gingerbread (which came out over 2 years ago)The following pie chart is based on the number of Android devices that have accessed Google Play within a 14-day period ending on January 3, 2013.Almost half of the Android phones on the planet simply CANNOT run a software update and install a patch to get the newest version.And...
And... some places don't even have the Google Play Store. What good are gazillons of Android phones if people can't buy your app?You're right... market share is only part of the story. You also have to consider which phones can run your apps... and whether the store is even available.It's funny.... for years Apple has always touted the number of iTunes accounts and credit cards they have. As a user... I never really paid much attention to that. But it might be the dark...
There's also a fundamental difference in the way software is handled by Apple compared to all the other Android OEMs. Apple provides their software for their hardware. When it comes times to update your iPhone, iPad or iPod... you download the software directly from Apple servers.... and they know exactly the device you're using. On Android... it's different. In the first place... the OEMs have to get a copy on Android from Google... and tweak it work on each of their...
True... but Apple does not live in a vacuum.It's good to keep tabs on the competition. Lots of stuff happening out there. I enjoyed the Blackberry article today too.Smartphone OS adoption rate of all platforms is interesting as well.
Oh yeah... I forgot about that.So what does that mean for the rest of the planet? Are all Android phones around the globe expensive flagship phones? Or is there still a healthy amount of "cheap" Android phones out there? Does anyone actually know?Maybe that's why Samsung never reports their sales numbers. If word got out that their "cheap" phones are the volume sellers... it wouldn't look too impressive.Instead... they give us milestones like "100 million Galaxy phones...
They'll make it up in volume But seriously... that's one concern I've had about Amazon ever since the original Kindle Fire.They're not making much money (if any) on the Kindle Fire hardware. So they are counting on people buying music, movies, apps and games to offset that.Are they?Then again... Amazon sells a ton of ebooks... which are tiny files which cost almost nothing to transmit. And Amazon earns $3 from every $10 ebook they sell.Maybe Kindle ebooks are the big...
Sorry to "shift" the argument but I was still referring to your comment about developers eventually preferring Android. I'm just not seeing that.Since you mentioned the Asian markets... how many of those phones can even run all of the latest apps and games?The problem Android developers are already having is a lot of that Android market share is made up of less-than-capable phones.... or people who don't use apps at all. And that number will increase for sure... which...
Top 10.... where?Is the Galaxy Nexus the #1 phone in China? India? Those are two HUGE countries that are contributing far more to Android's market share than any other country.Like I said earlier... the average price of an Android phone in China is $220.That means there are phones above $220..... but that also means there are many phones below $220Do you realize how many crappy phones you'd have to sell to bring the average down to $220?Contrary to popular belief......
Fine... forget everything I said about the Mac... let's stick to iOS.70% to 20% sounds bad... right?But it's really not. Even though the iPhone only has 20% of worldwide smartphone market share... the iPhone is still doing ridiculously well.I'M SAYING THE MARKET SHARE NUMBERS DON'T MATTEREven if it ended up being Android 90% and Apple 5%... there would still be hundreds of millions of iPhones out in the world. And tons of people buying apps, games, cases and accessories....
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