Originally Posted by Brainless
What makes you not trusting Google's numbers but trust Apple's ? I think both publish the daily numbers of activations and it is at least a wash, if Android is not ahead. The number of the applications in the respective app stores is also about to equal (both are in 300 thousand range) and major publishers tends to release their titles for both platforms at the same time...doesn't sound like a monopoly at the smartphone arena at all.
iPad 2 is pretty nice piece of hardware, but it won't be nowhere as dominant through the 2011 and with more and more apps for Honeycomb showing up, there will be more reasons for people to use the same OS as they have on their phone.
Take few examples. Kindle : recent Honeycomb version is having the bookstore built in, which is sweet. If reading kindle books is important tablet use-case to you, Xoom with a big screen is not that bad choice at all. Mail : iOS mail client is no way superior to Honeycomb, quite contrary. Maps : This is clear edge for Android. Vector maps and offline caching rules. Video conferencing : so many people have GMail account and can use video in GTalk.
iOS and iPad is great, but trying to convince yourself it will maintain a dominant position through entire 2011 sounds like pissing into pants for warmth to me.
You have a number of things wrong here. First of all, the number of apps on the platforms isn't close to even. I just checked, and there are now over 383,000 apps in Apple's App Store. The last reliable number I saw for the Google Marketplace, a couple of weeks ago was about 170,000.
But it's much more than the raw numbers. Apple vets their apps, as we all know, and Google doesn't, as we all know. I've looked at Apple's numbers on a regular basis, and occasionally, those numbers actually went down by a thousand, or even four thousand. That's because Apple removes apps from developers that are copyright violations of other legit apps. They also remove, sometimes by the thousands, apps that are empty apps, by the same developers, that just point to a website, or do other things that are not what real apps do. This is important.
But Google does none of this. Estimates are that anywhere from one third to as much as two thirds of all apps in the Google Marketplace are copyright violations, or empty apps. Google doesn't care. Estimates are that hundreds of apps have malware, perhaps more, but unless Google is called out for it, they don't care. The only reason they removed those 28 or so apps that were malware recently was because someone outside of Google found them, and went
Also, every reviewer that has discussed apps, has stated that Android apps are not as good as iOS appseven when it's the same app by the same developer offering it on both platforms.
We know why this is.
Comparing numbers is a futile task, unless everything is equal, which it certainly is not here.
You obviously haven't tried the Google video conferencing. You should.
What were also seeing, when marketshare of the iPad, and Android tablets are compared, numbers that aren't comparable.
It's interesting to note that Apple has made it very clear, through Jobs and Cook, that Apple counts sell thru, i.e., sales to users, as the numbers they consider to be "sales", when they talk about "sales". Cook has stated this in their last conference call with analysts, which, by the way, is considered to be a legal financial document.
Meanwhile, others just talk about product "shipped". When asked about what the sell thru, or whatever other term for it others use, they are politely told that they aren't giving out those numbers. RIM's co-CEO got huffy about it, and whined that they shouldn't be questioned or doubted about their figures. Gee, I wonder why?
So now we're reading that Apple had 76% tablet marketshare last quarter based on these numbers. What numbers? The only numbers released on tablets sold were the ones for the iPad. I'm willing to bet the real percentage was upwards of 90%. and that goes for the quarter before, when Samsung released bogus numbers for the Tab, and were called on it, and had to backtrack, saying that they didn't sell nearly as many as they had shipped. And this isn't using the discredited "small" vs "smooth" controversy.
Also interesting is that Android marketshare in the USA has slipped, going from 53% to 50%, while iPhone numbers went from 19% to 28%. of course, RIM dropped as well. It's evidence that if the iPhone is sold on as many carriers as Android phones, it will do pretty well overall. So what happens if it's also sold on Sprint and T-Mobile? What about Metro Express, and other small carriers? What about if it's carried on all the carriers around the world that it's not carried on now? I think you know.