Originally Posted by AppleInsider
Android's looking a lot like Windows
Yup. And Google doesn't really care. To Google, Android is just a mobile ad platform.
97% of Google's revenue comes from ads. Everything they do reflects that one fact.
But anyway, let's shoot down a few boilerplate Android Apologist excuses:
1. "You don't know what Android really is."
Yes we do. It's Google's mobile ad platform. Oh, and Amazon has forked it into a mobile cash register. Maybe some day Samsung will also fork Android, just so they can control their own destiny (and not rely on Tizen, which is horrible. I've used it briefly.)
There. Now *you* know what Android really is. Deal with it.
2. "Open always wins."
Depends on what you mean by the words "open," "always," and "wins." If you mean "completely free and open source code will dominate in market share and profit share 100% of the time," then you've got some issues. First, Android is not completely open source. The AOSP versions of Google apps have been replaced one by one with closed source versions. Search, Calendar, Gmail, the list keeps getting longer.
What's that you say? You say "Those are apps, not the kernel! Yaaay opennnn!!!"
Well guess what. Put down your glittery open-source pom-poms and call up a would-be Android hardware maker.
Ask them to create a fork of Android that really does conform to AOSP (Android Open Source Project).
They'll tell you "Well, it would be pretty easy to port the kernel. But creating our own version of all those apps will be a killer."
But anyway, the OHA (Open Handset Alliance) goons would smack us down for not building Google-approved devices.
For example, here's what happened to Acer when they tried to go open-source:
"Google blocked Acer's rival phone to prevent 'fragmentation'
And here's Google bragging about shutting down Acer (with plenty of double-talk about "open source")
As for the word "wins," well pick your definition of "winning." Market share? Profit share?
From what I've heard, "market share" is the most important metric to any and all Android Apologists.
And what does that mean, really? To Android Apologists, it means "Android phone instead of an iPhone."
In the real world, it means "Apple doesn't sell to the ultra-low-end market anyway. Few if any lost sales."
And in China, where the real "growth" of Android is happening, very few "activations" connect to Google Play.
There are dozens if not hundreds of competing Android app stores of various repute throughout China.
Zero benefit to Google.
"App stores big source of mobile viruses"
(and 300 competing Android app stores in China)
"10 App Stores in China You Ought to Be On"
"20 Android apps download store alternatives!"
Oh, and as for profit share, Apple owns an "outrageous" share of all mobile profits:
"Pie chart: Apple's outrageous share..."
3. "Any day now, there will be a new awesome-r-ish Android release."
Yeah. Right. We've been hearing that for years and years and years now.
How's that Butter going?
Did it help all those Android devices still running Gingerbread 2.3 scroll smoothly?
No? They can't be updated?
Oh well. Life in the big city yadda.
Keep waiting. Don't hold your breath. The problem with copying Apple is that you need to wait for Apple to release something new so you have something to copy. That forces your user base to wait until you've caught up. Vicious cycle.
Edited by SockRolid - 7/29/14 at 12:40pm