Android: We're Number One!
Feb 04, 2011, 03:03 (1 Talkback[s])
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"You have probably heard by now, as reported in the WSJ, that
findings from market researcher Canalys placed Android sales in the
fourth quarter of last year as the clear #1 handset OS, ahead of
Symbian, as well as Apple and RIM, in that order. What is very
significant is that Android shipments were just about double Apple
and RIM (each), and regardless greater than the two of them
combined! And it's going to stay this way until another Linux-based
OS comes along to challenge Android, which can indeed still happen.
Nonetheless, I and a few other analysts have been predicting that
Android would reach the top, and quickly, so no surprise here. Why?
Well, you've seen this exact same scenario before, as follows.
"In the beginning, there was DOS. It was a piece of crap, but
few really knew that because hardly any users knew what an OS was,
and fewer cared. Apple changed the game with the Mac, and should
have grabbed the top slot. But they didn't, because (a) the Mac was
simply too expensive for most, and (b) DOS and then various flavors
of Windows (from the "Winshell" versions up through 3.1, through
95/98 and into today's modern (let's give them the benefit of the
doubt for the moment) XP and 7) ran on far more products than