Is Android Worth the Trouble?

The company’s acquisition of Android seven years ago, and its cultivation of the platform since, has provided the handset industry, mobile carriers and users with a powerful alternative to the Apple iOS steamroller.

In fact, without Android, Apple would completely control the mobile market. The only significant alternatives to iPhone and iPad run Android.

For example, out of the dozens of major companies making mobile phone handsets, only three make money: Apple, Samsung and HTC. Both Samsung and HTC rely on Android.