Originally Posted by MacAir
So people can realize hoe pathetic this editorial is:
In the Android world, 199$ can give you:
- Great 720p 329ppi 4.5" display;
- s400 SOC;
- 1gb of ram;
- 33% more talktime than the 5s;
- Nice design and build quality;
- Fantastic Vanilla Android, only surpassed by iOS7;
- Guaranteed updates.
- 16gb storage.
AI needs someone with a little more knowledge. I mean: "Go away", "trash", "junk"?
You are confusing a) phones that sold in this summer’s Q3 with b) a device Google just announced. You’re also assuming it will sell.
It remains to be seen if Google can build this, if carriers will sell it, and how much Motorola will lose pushing these into the market. Notice that the Moto X failed miserably, just like every other Nexus-branded phone. Google isn’t great at hardware.
However, it’s pretty important for Google to make this work, because next year Samsung will begin taking away its half of Android’s installed base to Tizen, and Google can’t really rely on LG, HTC, Sony and other Android licensees because they’re all losing money, and they already pay Microsoft for patent royalties so might just as well shift to Windows Phone (which has its own major disadvantages).
So Google is really on the hook to make this work. And If the Moto G turns out successful and sells 100M units this year, Google will become the cheap alternative to the iPhone, and it will only lose most of its search profits to subsidize such a profitless phone distribution operation. But in the end, Google will have an installed base that begins to be comparable to the iPhone, but running the specs of iPhone 4 from 2010. If it can pull that off in 2014, it will only be 4 years behind.
If it can’t, Android will be facing very serious problems.
But go back to reading sites that tell you what IDC wants you to think: that Android is 81% of the "smartphone" market. 2014 will be such a surprise for you! It’s more exciting when you don’t see what’s coming.