Originally Posted by Asherian
This kind of spin is nauseating.
It's early 80s Mac vs PC all over again. Who cares if the COMBINED market share of a bunch of PCs that happen to share the "DOS" OS is higher, right?
The iPhone had zero chance of being the dominant mobile platform. But make no mistake, marketshare is important. Marketshare is what relegated Mac to niche status for decades.
The point is that this is NOTHING like Mac vs PC. Try getting an "Android" app for your 7" Samsung tablet and then getting it onto your Kindle Fire. It ain't gonna be easy, and even if you manage to shoehorn it in there and cajole it to function, it probably won't be robust.
Windows was a proprietary and non-fragmented OS that ran (almost) exactly the same across the entire selection of hardware vendors that supported it. At least that was the goal. By contrast, Android doesn't look the same, feel the same, or run the same binaries from one vendor to the next. The vendors pull the source code and immediately branch it into something that differentiates their products - thereby breaking the platform paradigm. Sure, you can get different versions of "Angry Birds" for any one of those devices, but when you change to a different device, you are most likely going to need to buy it again. It won't just easily port via a USB transfer. This isolates the Android vendors from one another in almost the same fashion that they are isolated from Apple's iOS products. Adding their "market shares" together just because their kernels are the same DOES NOT MAKE SENSE, and it is NOT the same as Mac vs PC.
I bet if someone came out with a toaster tomorrow that was running an Android OS underneath, the media would start adding it to the overall Android market share too. Of course, I'm being tongue-in-cheek there, but just barely...