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[#] Wed Apr 04 2012 14:36:58 EDT from "IGnatius T Foobar" <ajc@citadel.org>

Subject: Android surpasses 50% market share

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The latest market share figures from comScore (February 2012) have been published.

(If you can't see the image go to http://goo.gl/oY6k0 ; source: ESR's blog)

Android has surpassed 50% market share in the US.  It is now the majority leader, surpassing all others combined.  This is no surprise, of course; if you look at the trends this is happening pretty much right on time.

How many generations of iPhone have we been through now, where the fanbois all clamored that this would be the one that knocks Android out of the market for good?  Well it looks like the 4S failed to get that done, but we'll probably hear the same thing when the 5 comes out, etc. etc. etc.

Not that it's a bad place for Apple to be, and they may be there intentionally: firmly cemented as a high priced, high end niche player, while someone else who has portable software claiming the majority/commodity share, just like the desktop computer scene ended up playing out.

Poor RIM is tanking.  I personally think they should just move to Android, but it may already be too late for that play to succeed for them.

And of course Microsoft's story in mobile continues to be: fail, fail, fail.  It seems that the old adage that Microsoft gets it right on the third try and begins dominating on the fourth is no longer true: they have now shipped seven generations of phones that nobody wants.  I can't begin to express how happy I am about that.  :-)


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[#] Wed Apr 04 2012 15:50:35 EDT from zooer

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Sure the government can track me... but my phone is cool!

[#] Fri Apr 06 2012 13:31:31 EDT from shadowjester

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Wed Apr 04 2012 14:36:58 EDT from "IGnatius T Foobar" <ajc@citadel.org> Subject: Android surpasses 50% market share

And of course Microsoft's story in mobile continues to be: fail, fail, fail.  It seems that the old adage that Microsoft gets it right on the third try and begins dominating on the fourth is no longer true: they have now shipped seven generations of phones that nobody wants.  I can't begin to express how happy I am about that.  :-)

Personally, I use a Windows Phone, and my experience with it has been a hell of a lot better than with Android. The only other operating system which is as nice is WebOS, but we won't see a whole lot of support for that anytime soon.

The downward trend in those scorings have to do with the general abandoning of Windows Mobile, not a failure on Windows Phone's part. I wish those score charts would actually split out Windows Mobile from Windows Phone, so we could get a better picture of the adoption rate of the new Microsoft mobile OS.

Also, with the cross-development potential for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 (Apollo), we may see adoption rates for developers and users spike in the coming months.



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[#] Fri Apr 06 2012 17:59:56 EDT from zooer

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RIM has said they are no longer going to focus on the consumer market. They will stay with the corporate market.

I miss my Palm phone, hate my Blackberry... no hate is too weak of a word, loath my blackberry. I am thinking of dumping Verizon but my
contract isn't up until later in the year. My new every two is next month. I am sort of stuck with a phone I hate with a plan I hate.
It might be worth paying the cancel charges because I am so unhappy.

I think I will just get a dumb phone and purchase a tablet or netbook with wi-fi if I need it.

[#] Sat Apr 07 2012 00:35:38 EDT from the8088er

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I really, really liked my Palm Treo, and there are still things about it that I miss. That being said, I love my iPhone and it's much more capable, even if it doesn't have some of the cool features that the Treo had.

[#] Wed Apr 11 2012 18:00:40 EDT from kinetix

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I think RIM's taken some queues from Nortel. I have a work blackberry which just got upgraded to the latest & greatest Torch device. BB OS 7 is truly a novel piece of junk.

[#] Wed Apr 11 2012 21:47:25 EDT from zooer

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I miss the Nextel's only for annoying the hell out of my ex-coworker. Terrific guy and we remained friends afterward but
he was wound up pretty tight. Had a fit if you beeped his Nextel and started talking... so everybody beeped him and
started talking.

[#] Thu Apr 12 2012 10:32:35 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Had a friend who used to work for Nextel. That functionality is totally hated.

[#] Thu Apr 12 2012 11:40:14 EDT from athos-mn

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Because Nortel's business plan ended up so well...

[#] Thu Apr 12 2012 19:39:50 EDT from wizard of aahz

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well yeah. there is that too.

[#] Sat Apr 14 2012 19:48:26 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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nortel or nextel? nortel's last decade or so has been little more than dinosaurs mating.

[#] Mon Apr 16 2012 17:06:30 EDT from kinetix

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Well, yes, I meant Nortel myself. That's what RIM's mostly been doing too.
"Nobody'll ever make anything as cool or useful as the blackberry. *arooo* *chomp chomp*" (If that's what mating dino's sound like..)

[#] Sun Apr 22 2012 00:32:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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"dinosaurs mating" was the phrase often used to describe the proprietary minicomputer industry in the late 1980's while that portion of the industry was disappearing and everyone was moving either upmarket to mainframes, downmarket to PC's, or to standardized Unix systems.

The overall market was shrinking, so there were a lot of mergers and acquisitions as the market attempted to consolidate. But these companies were doomed anyway, and most did eventually cease to exist; ergo the term "dinosaurs mating."

By the early 1990's, anyone who sold proprietary midrange kit was gone. This seems to also be the case for Nortel along with all of the bits of other companies it has scooped up. For example: Bay Networks, which was itself a merger of Synoptics and Wellfleet.

[#] Wed May 09 2012 10:35:11 EDT from dothebart

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whew. first tizen prototype by samsung:

http://tizentalk.com/2012/05/tizen-developer-smartphone-device-spotted/

after _HALF A YEAR_. not after _HALF A DECADE_ as nokia did.



[#] Mon May 14 2012 11:47:27 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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When I go to that web site it tells me that I can't view it because they detected I'm running Internet Explorer 6, which they don't support.

I'm actually running Google Chrome 18 on Linux.

*FAIL*

[#] Sun May 20 2012 08:37:17 EDT from fleeb

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Melvin has noticed that I have a kind of odd passive ability to my real-life character.

When it comes to larger purchases, I tend to stumble into good deals without making an effort to do so.

We call it the Clean Living Effect.

We went to buy a clothes washing machine for me, and we got a few hundred dollars off the price several years ago. Later, we went to buy another one for one his family members, and we still got some money off. Went to get a lot of shirts and pants one day, and the store extended the discount that normally would have given out that day (significantly reducing the price of the overall purchase).

You might think the stores just make it look like I'm stumbling into this stuff, except I see that it doesn't seem to work for other people.

So, why am I posting this in Mobile Madness? Because it happened against yesterday. Or, rather, it happened 'again' yesterday, not against it.

I had enough of the buggy problems with the HTC Thunderbolt, and decided to get the galaxy Nexus about which I've heard such good things.

Unfortunately, I was not slated to be able to get an upgraded phone at a reduced price until January next year. Which kind of pisses me off, but I figure that's just the way the game plays.

The Galaxy Nexus is a $600 (or so) phone without discounts. It's not cheap.
But, the income tax check came in, and I figured the purchase would be worth not having to mess with a crappy phone. But the salesperson and the store manager were both surprised when the store computers indicated that the phone would only cost me about $250 instead, without giving any kind of explaination.

They figured the computer knew what it was doing, though, and let it go through.

Clean Living. Be nice to others, and try to help folks laugh.

[#] Thu May 24 2012 12:26:08 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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The computer is your friend. At least it was this time around.

[#] Thu May 24 2012 13:52:47 EDT from fleeb

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It better not find out that I have the Computer Empathy skill, or it might try to kill me.

[#] Thu May 24 2012 14:36:39 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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It just wants to be loved.

[#] Wed May 30 2012 20:21:52 EDT from kc5tja

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Somebody needs to start licking some boots.
:)

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