Originally Posted by BrooksT
Funny, I haven't seen a single smartphone made by "Android." All I see are Motorola, HTC, Samsung, etc. And yet you say this Android makes more phones than any of them? Because I know Apple outsells those three, at least.
More factually challenged data. See http://www.macrumors.com/2011/01/13/...u-s-pc-market/
Other than the PC market, where they've doubled their market share in four years, you mean, right?
And the reason they've "existed" in the tablet market without competition is because they created the market. It's not like there was a market sitting there with no products and Apple lucked out.
You do realize that market share is meaningless, right? Companies and shareholders care about profits. Apple could have a 100% market share in phones if they gave iPhones away for free, or paid users to use them. It wouldn't be smart business, but it would meet your criteria for success, apparently.
Apple makes the lion's share of profits in smartphones ( http://www.asymco.com/2011/01/31/fou...stry-overview/
). The same will likely be true in tablets, once competitors actually ship. Apple's margins are far higher than industry average in PC's as well, while market share grows.
For corporate performance, revenue has more than doubled in the past two years, from ~$10B/quarter to ~$25B/quarter ( http://www.businessinsider.com/chart...d-sales-2011-1
And you wouldn't call that kicking ass?