I'm almost 100% certain that that's not true. If it is I'd be amazed, that's an immense number. I know Android is getting big but that seems a bit steep.Thought I read this. Apple kind of holds its cards close to the vest, but that figure HAS to be getting their attention. Sure it is over lots of forms, but that is a BIG number.
The source is Google themselves at their earnings call yesterday.Without a reputable source I would not believe it either.
Would that be new phones being activated? Or including reactivating 2nd hand phones? Never quite understood this.The source is Google themselves at their earnings call yesterday.
Are they not reputable enough?
You pretty much hit the nail on the head. And fact that Android is just as good as iOS (although it does come down to personal preference just like OS X vs Windows), makes the iPhone seem nothing but expensive.I was fortunate enough to be at the Formula 1 British Grand Prix this past weekend, along with about 100,000 others each day. By far the most common manufacturer of handset I saw in use there was HTC. Both Google and HTC are doing very well in the UK right now.
A lot of people I know use pay as you go, and I doubt many people want to pay the £510 it costs for iPhone when you can get a decent HTC Wildfire or Orange San Francisco for about £100.
It's the first activation of a phone or tablet that has Google services (usually built-in Maps, GMail, etc).Would that be new phones being activated? Or including reactivating 2nd hand phones? Never quite understood this.
It's the first activation of a phone or tablet that has Google services (usually built-in Maps, GMail, etc).
Most of those inexpensive Asian phones, tablets and other devices are not being counted, as they have no Google activation process.
So the real number being sold is higher by an unknown amount.
There's no magic available to do that.I find it hard to believe that Google isn't reporting every Android phone in that number.
Exactly. I think Apple's main focus is on how much they make rather than how many phones they sell. Admittedly total profit is still linked to the number of phones sold but isn't dependent on being the biggest, more on making the most compelling product with high quality apps that people keep buying.You know what's an even bigger number?
Apple's share of the smartphone industry profits.
That's a lot of phones though.
"What effect has Android's "ascendancy" had on Google so far? The first mass-market Android phone, the HTC Dream, was released on October 22, 2008. On that day, Google's stock was $355.67 per share, and its market cap at the beginning of September 2008 was $125.94 billion. Today, Google's stock is $525.10 per share, 148 percent more than before the first Android handset hit the market. That's a respectable increase, but nowhere near the massive rise in Apple's stock. Google's market cap now stands at $171.31 billion; Apple's market cap has grown by over $200 billion since it introduced the iPhone, but Google's has only grown by $45 billion since the first Android phone hit the market. Again, $45 billion is nothing to sneeze at, but it's sure not $200 billion... and since Google's only pulling in $1 billion in revenue per year from Android, it doesn't look like it's had much positive impact on Google's stock at all".
Here is a chart from another article."Here's a couple of forehead-slapping "duh" points these guys are overlooking. First, "Android" isn't a company the way Google is a company. Android is a software platform, like Windows is a software platform. That leads into the second point: Google doesn't charge for Android like Microsoft charges for Windows. Google's profits from Android come from ad revenue, carrier licensing for Google-branded proprietary apps (Maps, Gmail, Market, etc.), Android Market fees and other sources -- but not sales of its smartphone OS. The people who really stand to make money off of Android are the smartphone vendors, and they're all competing not just with Apple, but with one another. Not to mention non-Android and non-iOS players like RIM and Windows Phone makers. And all the unsmart phones out there.
"Analysts like to treat Android like it's a single entity so that they can make impressive pie charts where Android looks like Pac-Man gobbling up iOS, but once you split that up by manufacturer, the story looks a lot different. It's virtually the same story as the PC market; Apple's share of the PC market looks trifling indeed when you compare it against Windows-running PCs as a whole, but when you break it down by each PC manufacturer, Apple definitely more than holds its own. When you break it down by profitability, the contest isn't even close; Apple owns 90 percent of the "high-end" PC market."
Why not, it worked so well for Microsoft. 90% marketshare, profits through the roof. Why not emulate a process that worked so well.Google pulling an MS in the market is hardly impressive. Correction: it's very impressive in terms of sheer force of numbers. When you look at what's behind those numbers, however, things become a little too clear.
Has it really?Why not, it worked so well for Microsoft.
Exceedingly well, look at their profits (in the billions) and stock price. Many CEOs would sell their souls to have what MS has, in terms of stock price, cash on hand, profits.Has it really?
Specifically what has declined with Microsoft?MS has been in decline for years. Largely because of their universal licensing racket. Thanks to their attention to that model they're absolutely lost in the markets that actually matter now.
Desktop market shareExceedingly well, look at their profits (in the billions) and stock price. Many CEOs would sell their souls to have what MS has, in terms of stick price, cash on hand, profits.
Specifically what has declined with Microsoft?
In fact, it probably includes any phone made by anyone that has some sort of touchscreen tech on it.
Nope to both ideas. See above. It's only devices with Google services that have been bought and gone through the initial Google activation process.I think that the number (500,000) might be how many Android devices are being sold to carriers/outright. But not how many are actually being sold to customers.
It's also tablets, but probably 95% or more are phones. Not just because phones sell more, but because a huge number of tablets don't come with Google services and thus are not being counted.Just a thought. From an Android user. Since 500,000 a day seems like a heck of a lot of phones. In a month, that's 15 million...
A recent story mentioned on Tech New Today talked about how Microsoft has 88 percent of the operating system market. That's not too shabby and indicates that Microsoft isn't going to fade away any time soon.Has it really?
Someone once asked me whether I'd like to see MS fail completely.
I told them I'd never wish for that, because they make Apple look so damn good without Apple having to really do anything.
Yes, MS has the old-school PeeCee market majority share . . . along with zero prestige and negative mindshare piled up so high that you need wings to stay above it. This is what happens when you license universally. You end up ruling the bargain-bin.
MS has been in decline for years. Largely because of their universal licensing racket. Thanks to their attention to that model they're absolutely lost in the markets that actually matter now.
So no, it hasn't worked well for them in the long term - not when they're embarrassed year after year by a smaller, leaner, more efficient rival whose R&D budget is but a mere fraction of MS'.