Originally Posted by Smiles77
That's my other rant. Why is it "Android to iPhone" instead of "Android to iOS". iOS devices sold were over 17 million for the last quarter (counting iPod Touches and iPads) which puts them way over Android. Don't compare a whole OS to another OS's single variant.
In this report, they're reporting on mobile phones. If you want a mobile OS look at market share, then you're stuck with admob's guesstimations.
You know, for a bunch of Apple lovers, you guys are pretty on par with the Androids around you. I'm shocked! But some of you guys are taking this report too seriously. Complaining about market share of mobile phones to non-mobile phones is silly. Especially considering that to date there really aren't any Android devices in mass production that aren't phones. The Nook is the closest thing.
The competition is good but when you're in the Android world, you realize that our master Google doesn't care about our wide array of devices and how they function any more than Steve Jobs does. Google want's us to search the net so they can place ads everywhere for us to find, regardless of the device. Yeah they may add nice features to the OS, but ultimately it's the manufacture and carrier that decide what we get and don't get.
I have a Samsung Galaxy S (Vibrant) from T-Mobile and recently discovered that T-Mobile requested the front-facing camera be removed for God knows what reason (bandwidth maybe?). So at least you iPhone fanbois (or boys I'm not sure) and fangals aren't forced to lose too many features on your iPhones (tethering is the only thing I can think of) by your carriers. On the flip side you're stuck with your carrier or lose your device (or warranty if you're really brave). Sure you're in a walled garden but I can attest that it's rare anyone will install apps outside of the Android Market. The only outside app I can think of besides my own and alphas and betas from developer friends is Swype. But this feud between Android and iOS is getting old, quick.
These devices serve different purposes, for different people. I recommend iPhones to those either not technologically informed but are using feature phones or people new to smart phones. I also recommend the iPhone to people who are under utilizing their smartphones since they've missed the true use of the devices with the assumption text messaging works better on smartphones than feature phones and iPhones. For those who don't like AT&T but aren't technologically advance, I recommend a feature phone because that's all that's available. For those who use Palm/WM/BB and want a more consumer friendly phone, I forward them to Android, since the learning curve is similar to the last phone. And for those iPhone owners who don't want another iPhone and are aware and interested in Android, I point them to the Samsung Galaxy S, as it's basically a ripped off iPhone GUI for Android with two sets of icon home screens. My biggest complaint about the Galaxy is that it looks like the very phone I don't want, but it's the only 1GHz phone T-Mobile offers.
At the end of last year, I had the idea to create a free app that would allow Android and iPhone users to co-exist, by allowing one device to find the other devices apps. So an iPhone user could recommend their useful app to their Android friend and Android friend could share their app with their iPhone friends. Apps named exactly the same don't have this problem, but there are a few apps that provide the same functionality as their other OS counterpart with different names. But, after seeing the stink Apple made about the word "Android" being in one developers description, I realized that Apple wants to crush, not coexist, and our Android overlord wants our clicks, err touches, from both of us.
Shame because we both lose.