Originally Posted by jkichline
...Sure, scores of manufacturers will probably jump on the Android band wagon, and together they might make a dent in the iPad business. But they each have their own agenda and there WILL be fragmentation
. Many devices, many form factors, thousands of combinations of things that developers have to account for. In the long run, iPad is a consistent experience. Android tablets will not be....
In the same category (things about Android people don't realise), there are two facts that don't seem to occur to anyone.
1) Android *needs* a fragmented platform to survive at all
because the manufacturers need to differentiate their hardware to compete.
2) Android is a cheaper copy of iOS
, so a lot of Android sales, are "me too" sales and don't necessarily reflect the consumer choosing anything but a lower priced product.
So Android will basically *always* be a severely fragmented platform like Windows is/was, and the current boom in sales reflects more on people moving into the smartphone market in general
, than it does consumers intelligently choosing Android as a superior platform.
In fact, whatever their level of technical expertise, the average user, even the average Android
user, is well aware of the fact that iOS is the "leading" platform. Only a tiny portion of technical minded users on the Android platform will argue that it's technically better than iOS, the rest are using it cause it's cheap, or it's what their cell carrier told them they could get when they asked for "a smartphone."