Originally Posted by vvswarup
Apple is not a pure hardware company. Apple is a software company too. They develop the operating system for their hardware.
The biggest failure to the Android platform is consistency of OS from brand/model to brand/model in the feature sets of the OS. Then there is the updating policies and practices.
ALL Android products (smartphones and tablets) should have the latest version of OS when you get the product and when the OS update is released to market, but judging from this, they would ALL have to be Nexus OS, and they would probably have to lock it down just like Windows and iOS for security reasons, and then there goes the added little features each smartphone maker add and then there's the geeks that want to circumvent the whole process because they are never happy unless they have total control over their device.
I don't see Google doing this. Even Samsung is working on their own OS, Tizen which probably won't do well in the US and most of the world. It might not even do well in their own country. It'll take them a LONG time and a LOT of marketing money to see if they can even BS enough people to buy into it, which they kind of failed at Bada.
Aside from Samsung, most of the Android mfg have not made any profits and any substantial sales. Even the Nexus phone doesn't sell that well. The Nexus 4 phone sold around 1 million units, which probably recoups the mfg and R&D and marketing/sales costs, but not the support costs and money left over for profits. Just a hunch. I wonder how many phones one company has to sell in order to break even.
I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the lessor known brands will just simple walk away from it.
Or maybe some companies are desperate enough to still go after business that only brings in less then 5% ROI each year in Net Profits and they have to cut corners at every step, which is why they are lessor known brands. Too many brands/models creates too much confusion and most of the money is only going to wind up in a couple of company's pockets which is what is happening in the PC industry.
if Gartner did a Magic quadrant, I think that Android should be in the bottom left for some things, the middle for others, and the top right for others, but overall not close to iOS and it stems from the lack of consistency, Enterprise ready, security, updating, level of support, and reliability/quality of products. At least that's MY observation. From a 'getting new software and hardware features", they, in some respects, do seem to have a lot of features faster than IOS, but a lot of them are only available on one model and not brand/model wide and some of these features are either not practical or not features that people seem to use. Android seems more like a hot bed for software development with no one taking control over the destiny, lots of cooks in the kitchen with pretty much no management and organization.
For the Enterprise market, I would think that Android should probably not even be a consideration. Too many negatives about the platform. Unless the military wanted to develop their own OS with it's own hardware features, but they would then have something custom made for them and I don't know if they would buy enough units to justify the R&D. Maybe they could. But they might be a candidate for their own custom made model, but it wouldn't be sold on the open market. But which mainstream apps would they want to use and would they even be available on Android?
Bottom line, I think that because Samsung has been throwing out a bunch of SPIFF money to sales reps to PUSH their Galaxy phones onto the consumer that the average consumer listens to the media hype walks into a store and if it's not an Apple Store, they are more likely going to buy something that the rep tells them to buy, or some marketing campaign because a lot of consumers are too confused. Apple made a lot of sales, because THEY had the original idea and got the media attention to it, and then sleazy Android products came out. Apple's biggest setbacks was keeping Forstall overseeing iOS, relying on Samsung for components, and then the Maps/Siri issues in the beginning. I think the new group (Federighi and Ive) have a lot more on the ball and this first iOS release under them is probably going to be a pretty good comeback and then iOS 8 might push Apple even further back into the lead. Then it's a matter of Apple getting production up to speed and coming out with multiple models of iPhones to go after the large, medium and small screen markets. That's MY opinion. It will be interesting if Apple pulls out Fingerprint ID technology and that it works well. That could be a HUGE selling point for the Enterprise customer. Also, how well new screen technology is going to work, and then it's just a matter of coming out with the really useful OS features and case design.
Edited by drblank - 7/9/13 at 2:06pm