Originally Posted by rain
I agree completely. Android is going to lay waste to iOS by year end.
Apple is making the exact same mistake it did with Microsoft and desktop computing. Exact.
Apple is determined to be a boutique technology company under Steve Jobs.
Google is merely giving away software in the hopes of creating an ad platform. Guess who pays a cut for this? We do!
In advertising, VIEWERS are the product, Google is the iTunes Store, and advertisers are the buyers. WE PAY THE 30% CUT to use Android phones by wading through all the ads.
Apple has set up an alternative to free-for-all adware. We pay for good hardware designed to work well, we buy apps a very low prices, and developers give Apple a cut of their profits to maintain the sales and marketing of their software and content through iTunes. THEY PAY!
People keep taking about Apple's 30% cut like its some sort of extra tax. Do they have no idea how profit margins work? When you improve or finish a good, or add a service or some other layer of value, you get a piece of the action. Apple deserves its cut. It doesn't make things cost more!
The bottom line is that Apple is adding value: creating the iPhone, developing the iTunes Store, making devices people want and services people will pay for. Google may be including its software on devices being dumped in China and sold as BOGO by Verizon, but it isn't creating the same value and so isn't earning the profits Apple is. And it doesn't deserve to.