Saturday, Sep 23, 2017  
Android Takes on iPhone Sales

June 19, 2011

Android vs iPhone
Mobile phone manufacturers compete by having the best set of specs for the price and best user interface. While these areas still remain competitive, the entire ecosystem takes into account these days as more people use smartphones. Windows Mobile started early in the game but the iPhone's iOS triggered fiercer competition from Google with the launch of Android as well as RIM which continues to enhance their BlackBerry operating system. HP which purchased palm takes on the competition with its webOS operating system. Whether the customer has pay as you go phones or a pay monthly mobile unit, a lot of choices are available.

In order for a mobile operating system to thrive, the ecosystem must be strong. A good ecosystem includes a large variety of third-party applications so customers can greatly expand the use of their mobile phone. It must also support a wide variety of accessories so they can enhance the functions of their phones or add brand new features.

Apple stayed ahead with their iPhone and iPod Touch products because of the strong ecosystem that they built early throughout the years. But with other operating systems such as Android appearing in a large variety of devices with different price points, Android reached a turning point where it beats the iPhone in sales despite the iPhone coming out nearly a year before the revelation of Android. The sales milestone occurred during the first quarter of 2010 where Android took 28% of the market while the other Blackberry phones chipped away.

Pay as you go phone owners and pay monthly phone owners that dislike the iPhone have Android to run to since it has a similar interface with the iPhone as well as higher application compatibility. Several flagship phones coming from top mobile phone manufacturers have also matched or exceeded the iPhone's hardware specs making the operating system perform faster.

Network operators also play a role in Android beating the iPhone sales because of the fact that Android can be used in all kinds of handsets and other portable hardware devices and gadgets. The pay monthly mobile system has evolved too putting data transfer speeds and cellular wireless standards in the forefront. Pay as you go mobile continue to exist for people that prefer the convenience of tracking expenses or saving money. Apple responded giving "iOS" the official name of the operating system that powers the iPhone. It brought that operating system to the iPod Touch which is technically an iPhone without telephone features. A modified version of this operating system was released when Apple unveiled the iPad which was Apple's first step to the tablet world.

Competition continues to spark back and forth and the innovation continues as top operating systems continue to improve their offerings by adding new features and services to consumers and business users. It is ultimately the consumer that wins thanks to the privilege of choice. With the different device possibilities, it is possible for one to own an Android and iPhone product.

With the option of monthly payments or paying when you need or run out of credit, Android and iPhone statistics are expected to increase as they take chunks out of the gaming and PC industries.

This Month's Poll
Which of these books turned films series are your favorite?