Android outsells IPhone but Does it Matter?
“Android demolishing IPhone in sales” is the headline on Fortune’s article.
“WHOA: Google Android Outsells Apple IPhone In The US” is Business Insider’s take on the situation”
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s The Tech Chronicles reports that “Android zooms past IPhone.”
The thing is, though… so what?
As Peter Kafka at All Things Digital points out, “this isn’t necessarily terrible news for Apple.”
Let’s turn the news around… instead of expressing surprise that Android overtook IPhone, why not wonder what took Android so long?
First I think we have to consider the possibility that comparing Android and IPhone isn’t entirely fair as Android is an operating system and the IPhone is really a platform.
Android is an operating system that works on phones made for Verizon, Sprint, Motorola and others. Apple makes their operating system for their phones. No one else sells phones with the operating system.
So, you have all these carriers selling phones that use Android against the one company that provides service for the IPhone…
And that company is AT&T, not a company known for providing great service to its IPhone customers (see Jon Stewart on this point).
Again, my feeling is the question is what took all those companies so long.
I’m not worried about Apple here.
And while Google Editions is on its way, the fact is when people talk about a cell phone that doubles as an e-reader, the talk drifts to Apple…. there’s not a lot of talk about people downloading books on to their droids (sorry, R2…).
So, let Android enjoy their moment in the sun… don’t bother them with the question of what took them so long… and let’s wait and see what Apple has coming up next? Could the Verizon IPhone be on its way so I can finally have one (absolute disclosure: I am a Verizon Wireless customer… for where I live and travel, it really is the best choice) device that allows me to talk on the phone, write and read?
Will Google try to evolve Android into a system that makes it easier to be a phone and e-reader?
I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
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