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Thursday, November 19, 2009

3 problems that threaten the success of Google Android

Only three things matter in today's cell phone handset market: brand appeal, simplicity and applications. In all three of these measures, Apple earns an A+. Google, on the other hand, already suffers from a muddled brand, product complexity and an application environment hampered by still more complexity. Can Android succeed?


Blogger Korinthian said...

What about price? Or did you have to leave that out to praise Apple?

Thursday, November 19, 2009 8:51:00 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

I listed the three criteria I believe affect mainstream success, and price isn't one of them.

That point is obvious enough to not mention. The iPhone is overpriced, and grew from 2.8 percent share last year to 13.3 percent this year. Cheaper phones have failed.

I also disagree with your implication that I have an agenda, and am trying to praise Apple.

The iPhone is objectively successful. I'm explaining why. That's not praise.


Thursday, November 19, 2009 9:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Android has a cool name though. That has to mean something.

Thursday, November 19, 2009 6:55:00 PM  
Blogger Rolo said...

Mike nobody used the word Agenda. If you feel that that is implied then perhaps you need to balance your comments regards apple products and ideas a bit more. This is a constructive criticism: read you posts related to apple and you´ll notice that the only complaints you have are for their partners (AT&T, etc). Never mentioning price, hardware issues, software issues (cut & paste took forever, flash not going to be supported) or apple's own restrictive policies (app store is the only means to legally add applications, veting on applications, etc). You are into journalism: we need to take the bitter with the sweet otherwise you sound like a fanboy or a PR drone.

Friday, November 20, 2009 5:26:00 AM  
Blogger Rolo said...

Also: "Only three things matter in today's cell phone handset market: brand appeal, simplicity and applications". I really beg to differ. Hardware and service plan prices are crucial. What about hardware quality, manufacturer support, battery life ?

Friday, November 20, 2009 5:31:00 AM  

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