http://seekingalpha.com/article/224019-is-android-only-surging-because-apple-is-letting-it Android is only successful because Apple is allowing it Android has succeeded despite Google. In fact its safe to say that Android is successful for one primary reason. The iPhone is only available on AT&T. If the iPhone was on Verizon a year ago. Android would be no where near as popular. - David Beach, mobile app developer, August 29, 2010 MG Siegler writes for TechCrunch, "Obviously, Beach isnt the first person to bring this idea up. But he brings it up in a way that hes able to back-up his feelings from a developer's perspective, while at the same time roping in what isnt ideal from a consumer perspective about Android as well." "This is going to sound like flame bait, and everyone knows that I love the iPhone but I have to agree with Beach. Ive used no less than six Android phones for extended periods of time over the past couple of years. I really am trying to like them. But I just cant," Siegler reports. "Now, dont get me wrong, almost all Android phones are a million times better than the phones we had just a few years ago before the iPhone burst onto the scene. And if the iPhone didnt exist, there is no question that I would use an Android phone and would probably be very happy with it. But the iPhone does exist. I simply cant bring myself to use an Android phone when I know a superior device is out there. Thats my only requirement for me to use a product: it has to be the best." "There are a dozen or more elements that are better about the iPhone. Everything from the big: the App Store versus the Android Market (from the consumer perspective) to the little: the multi-touch and overall touchscreen responsiveness," Siegler reports. "The thing some consumers dont like about the iPhone is that its AT&T only (in the U.S., obviously). Even if you live in an area where AT&T doesnt absolutely suck, having no choice of carriers is a big restriction. People have work plans, family plans, etc, etc, that they just cant switch. Or they dont want to." Siegler reports, "If the iPhone was on Verizon (VZ) (which is a larger network, remember), is there any question that it would be selling at least double the amount of units it is right now in the U.S.? I dont think so. What if it was available on all the networks? And what would happen to Android sales if that was the case?"