Google Hiring Android Developers to Make More Apps

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Google has begun hiring developers, product managers, and user interface experts to do what the Android market’s developer community has failed at doing, which is to make more apps. The Wall Street Journal reported that the search engine giant was funding small small development groups throughout its global operations to make more Android apps.

At issue is the number of apps available for iOS devices and Android devices. Apple claims that there are now 350,000 apps available on its App Store, while Google’s Android platform has somewhere north of 100,000 apps scattered across a variety of competing online stores (most are on Google’s own Android Market).

Even though Android is quickly becoming the world’s largest smartphone platform, Google hasn’t been able to narrow the app gap, in part because Android users are not as prone to actually paying for their apps as are Apple’s iOS customers.

While downloads for both platforms are dominated by free apps, Apple’s App Store commands a much larger percentage of paid downloads than Android, and that has kept many developers in Apple’s camp, despite the company’s infamous controls over the approval process.

According to The Journal, Google wants to jump start this process by directly funding development efforts. The company wants to foster the creation of more marquee apps like games and location-aware apps that will make Android more attractive to end users.

To that end, the company is offering candidate developers a “high degree of autonomy,” according to the report, coupled with the security of getting a paycheck from a tech giant with great benefits. In addition, Google is able to offer guidance and help from the company’s enormous staff of obscenely smart engineers.

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mhikl

Desperate situations call for desperate actions, it seems. Sometimes creativity can be bought with deep enough pockets. But how to get that dirty feeling out of the mouth. Maybe a good pay app will come up that does the trick.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

I wish Andy Rubin would get on the phone with Geoff Perlman at real.software and bang out an agreement to add Android (Java) as a platform for REAL Studio. This would enable a different class of apps that “extend the desktop”. These answer the question of how to take with you on your mobile what you’re working on at your desk.

Bryan Chaffin

mhikl, I don’t think you can qualify Google as “desperate.” Android is either already or will soon be the world’s largest smartphone platform. That the company is looking to overcome one area of deficiency in the platform should be applauded as a smart move, even if we also look at the underlying causes of that deficiency.

lrd

If Google does it, it making cr*p better. Which we all agree Android’s cr*p.

If Apple did this, oh, boy! The droids would be hollering so loud that Apple’s getting desperate it would be deafening.

I say to Google, stop yapping and start shipping your next piece of cr*p.

Ion_Quest

So independent developers will compete against Google? Probably a better deal to work for a Google salary.

mhikl

Want , Bryan, can make even a king desperate to keep his crown. But there’s a difference between creation and manipulation though the results might be equally applaudable.

I agree there may be a better word, but I liked the turn of phrase?reason held hostage by the right brain.

sflocal

No need.  Based on Bosco’s prior praises of Android and how openness, Flash, and sliced-bread is on that platform, Google should not have to resort to what is essentially bribes to get folks on board.  Microsoft did that too.

Google’s actions does reek of desperateness Bryan.  The botched ecosystem that is Android is a running joke.  Each time they fail, the phandroids come out and preach how the NEXT release of Android will be the iXX-killer.  This is exactly what happens when there are way too many players on the field and everyone steps on each other and fumbles to get ahead.  It’s a mess.  The manufacturers spit out junky products, the developers create junk that no one really uses (except techies) and they still clamor to the eventual success of this system?

The market has flooded with cheap, landfill Android products and the recent admission by Samsung about the terrible sales of their Galaxy tablet just reinforces the sentiment that Android is just for tech-heads and nerds and have no place being in an area that regular-joes without a computer-degree should have to deal with.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

just reinforces the sentiment that Android is just for tech-heads and nerds

In smartphones today, you have to reconcile this sentiment with more than 50% of the US smartphone market now buying Android devices. Are you saying that those who opt for iPhone’s are just stupid? I don’t think you are, but that is an implication you can draw when a majority of buyers are tech-heads and computer-degree holders.

Or maybe you are saying that these purchasers are being duped into not buying the right phone. So they’re all just way stupider than you are. Again, you’re in a tough spot trying to reconcile things that way.

I had an iPhone 3GS. I have been an Apple fan since 1979 save for a year or so after Jobs came back and thought it was cool to publicly mock the Apple software my software worked with. Android is just better for phones. I can use my phone as a personal communications and business tool the way I want to use it. Nobody gets upset if I “hold it wrong”. Someone will make one for the way I hold it. If I recommend a phone to a friend or anyone, I feel it’s my responsibility to be there to help them get the most of it, and I recommend Android phones now unless they specifically need a BlackBerry. I never have to apologize for the silly limits Apple puts on things.

Jamie

Damn. I sense another dark age descending upon us. It was so good there for awhile. Sigh. Preparing for my tools of choice to be marginalized again.

sflocal

No Bosco.  I never implied that and you very well know that.  What YOU just said are that iPhone (iOS) users are too stupid to use Android.

Get real Bosco.  The only reason Android is selling is because it’s cheap, and with the exception of the high-end Droids which are mainly the wet-dreams of the technically-savvy, the retailers are practically giving them away, 2-for-1 deals, and so forth.

The only folks that keep playing the closed-Apple-walled-garden-card are folks like you that believe that it’s no big deal for a regular joe-user to simply root their phone, remove all the crapware, and update Android to the most current release and be happy in open-land.

Sadly my joe-user friends that own Android phones hate them.  Cheap quality, horrible user experience, and they could care less about how “open” their phone is.  When they’re coming to me to resolve their Android issues in doing the most simplest of things, I just shake my head in disgust at having to treat a cell phone (and soon Android tablets) like PC’s in that everything has to be micromanaged.

But hey, you keep praising that “openness” Bosco.  Keep praising how wonderful and open the Android platform is until the makers follow through on their threats to lock down the hardware so that only the most talented hackers can upgrade the OS.

The manufacturers have zero incentive to provide an upgrade path to those devices since they receive no revenue from upgrades.  They have to sell hardware to make money.  That’s why there are so many Android devices out there.  Within six months, half of those units become doorstops or a doggie chew-toy.  Really great for fragmentation Bosco.

My Android friends (Verizon customers) are planning on being first in line to get their iPhones.  I guess in your book, they just aren’t “smart enough” to use Android.

I’ve been developing software for 20+ years.  I shake my head in disgust as to how poor Android runs on high-end hardware compared to iOS.  Jerky responses, battery-drains, etc… As long as Google continues that type of design belief, iOS will have nothing to worry about.

RonMacGuy

Android is either already or will soon be the world?s largest smartphone platform.

This may be true, Bryan, but if the business model isn’t sustainable it will falter. It all goes back to money. People rushed out to buy an iPhone alternative and are now learning that it takes more than a selection of alternative phones in different sizes and different flavors of android to flourish. The simple fact that people are, for the most part, unwilling to pay for the average android app will begin to cause decay. Developers don’t want to develop for free. Praise android for its openness yet Google is the only company making any money. android phone manufacturers have to compete with each other so there is severe price pressure there, apps have to be given away for free or no one will download them. It truly is, in my opinion, the Ford Pinto of electronics. The Walmart of electronics. But, they have no choice but to continue to try to build a business model around it and hope to make money out of it. But given the millions who hate Apple and are willing to settle for less to save money, android will continue to give them that alternative. And people are, in general, clueless enough to be happy with a less-than-satisfactory experience.

RonMacGuy

In smartphones today, you have to reconcile this sentiment with more than 50% of the US smartphone market now buying Android devices.

Lack of choice on service providers. iPhone on Verizon will demonstrate what people will choose when they actually have a choice. Timing is perfect, as millions are frustrated with their android of choice on Verizon now. Now Bosco, I’m not saying everybody is frustrated. There are plenty of people who are thrilled with their phones. But on average Verizon people who can afford the extra initial cost for an iPhone will want to buy the superior phone. It’s inevitable.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Humor me a minute. What if the market is actually making a fairly rational decision to reject Apple’s command and control model? See, I think it is because the shift in the market tracks closely with my own awakening on the openness thing in smart phones. But if Android falters, as you’d all like, I’ll take a look and figure out why that is, and adjust accordingly. At what point will any of you be willing to admit that the market as a whole just doesn’t like what Apple is selling? That the early success of the iPhone was due to early adopters willing to sustain Apple’s margins and turn over control of their phones to the all-knowing Apple?

I don’t think any of you are stupid. I do think that many of you live sheltered technological lives and I know you pay a premium for doing so. Which is your prerogative of course. I’m not judging. I’m just here to tell you why most people aren’t going along that path grin.

mhikl

The Envyboy?s Lament B

Cries out the lier,
Envyboy chants his dirge
To speak a wrong
Upon his every curse.
A frail Brad?s foetor-
Hobbled as carrion, reek
Spat like a shyster, speak.

Riling his festering lies,
He stammers, he struts
His wailful hate
To tired eyes -
Few fail the bait,
Report to Puck?s decoy-
His bile rejoin?d by sulphur.
Regret Too late!

So bitter old
Boco?s noise brays on,
His disjoint reels
Sputtering so.
His septic mind sits in ruin
Agains the Tempest, brew and blow,
Rising from Cupertino.

John Molloy

“What if the market is actually making a fairly rational decision to reject Apple?s command and control model?”

Some very vocal geeks maybe. The rest are just waiting for their contracts to expire / iPhone to come to their carrier…

Nemo

So let me get this.  In an effort to increase the quantity and enhance the quality of the apps that are available for Android so that Android’s apps will, it is hoped, approach the quality and quantity of what’s available for Apple’s iOS, Google is now taking app development in house, which will place it in direct competition with the independent developers for its Android platform.  And those developers, who take Google’s offer to become mere employees, will hopefully develop that next breakthrough, wealth-generating app and will have the joy of watching that wealth accrue to Google instead of to them.

Brilliant!  Well, it is to be hoped that Google will at least give its successful developers a nice Christmas bonus.

Bosco, when are you signing up for Google’s precious offer?  You can not only bring developers, including yourself, you can, I understand, bring an entire business into Google’s fold.  Surely, that will be worth more than a mere paycheck.  Or perhaps, you are seeking the security of benevolent master and a nice place at the hearth in your old age.  Of course, if you take Google’s deal, I don’t see why you’ve railed against Apple’s control of its App Store, if you would be or at least think that it is acceptable for talented developers to completely give up their freedom for the security of becoming Larry Page’s vassals.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

I’ll take Google’s deal when they open an office in Foothill Ranch, CA. Having grown up the Bay Area (the slums of Danville), it’s a great place to be from.

Hey, I wonder why it was Google engineers and not Apple engineers who were helping Egyptians get their tweets on this weekend. After all, don’t all the Egyptians have iTunes accounts where they could share their favorite protest songs via Ping? You think they all work as Page’s vassals? Projecting much?

RonMacGuy

Humor me a minute.

We love to humor you, Bosco!! But frankly I think you give the “market” more credit than it deserves. Your average person does not have a clue about Apple’s command and control model. You talk about the “awakening on the openness thing in smart phones” but 99% of smart phone buyers are probably spending more money each month than they can afford in order to read emails, surf the web, and play Angry Birds. Do they need a smart phone? Not really. They want it.

I am really amazed at your comment: “At what point will any of you be willing to admit that the market as a whole just doesn?t like what Apple is selling?”

Really? 10 billion apps downloaded. 10 billion apps. Just doesn’t seem that the market as a whole hates Apple. I guess to answer your question, I will admit at the point where Verizon struggles to sell the iPhone. Apple cannot make enough iPhone 4s to keep up with demand on AT&T, who is recognized as a terrible provider. So, when iPhone sells incredibly well on Verizon over the next few months (at full price and with no $100 rebates like android phones require to sell), will you admit that the market doesn’t hate what Apple is selling? 17 million iPads in less than a year. Apple can’t keep up with demand. The most desired product for 2010 holiday season. The most quickly adopted electronic product of all time. If the iPad were a stand-alone company, it would rank within the top third of the Fortune 500. The market doesn’t like what Apple is selling? Really? I’m sorry, but I’m just amazed at the comment.

So, if Verizon iPhone sells, say, 4 million by the end of 2011, will you admit that the market sort of likes what Apple is selling?  How about 6 million?  8 million?  10 million?  Or is it just a market share story?  Remember, just because they sold millions of Pintos and only hundreds of thousands of Cadillacs doesn’t mean that the market didn’t like what Cadillac was selling, right?  And even though Pintos were defective and piles of garbage, people continued to buy millions of them because they were cheap.

I just really hope you don’t use the age old excuse that Apple has millions of rich blind followers who would buy an iDogPoop if it were available.

I don’t go to Apple stores too often since the closest one is an hour away.  A few years ago I happened to be in the neighborhood so I stopped by to look around.  As I was window shopping, I noticed a man and a woman dressed in torn up clothing who looked like they could barely afford to put food on the table. They had a newborn in a stroller. They were called up next at the Genius bar and the man said, “My iPhone ain’t working no more.” I was a bit shocked and saddened by what I saw. But, I am pretty sure the guy didn’t have a clue about
Apple’s command and control model… And he is probably pretty representative of the market…

ctopher

iPhones aren’t for everyone. Everyone else, gets the cheap one. It’s great that Google is developing great apps, but the cheap folks won’t pay for them.

BTW, I’m so cheap, I don’t own any iOS devices. But I get why people buy iPhones and iPads. They do just work, and folks I know don’t feel like Apple is a control freak, why should they?

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

I just really hope you don?t use the age old excuse that Apple has millions of rich blind followers who would buy an iDogPoop if it were available.

More projecting. I won’t have to use any excuse, but if Apple comes back and dominates the smart phone market, I’ll admit I was wrong. But it’s not happening, which is why it’s so much fun watching you guys all try to explain why Apple continues to win by being less relevant!

The fun part is that we’ll be doing this all over again in a year for the declining and mostly irrelevant iPad, and you’ll all be explaining why that isn’t like the iPhone, which isn’t like the 1992 Mac, etc.

iPhones just work. Tell that to Aaron Rodgers on the day he tried to call into the Jim Rome show last week. Epic national iPhone fail heard by millions, with followup by the phone honk and Apple fan host about what a crappy phone the iPhone is.

RonMacGuy

And you will continue to ignore the overwhelming and continuing iPod market share and argue how iPhone and iPad are so different from that, and still give no credit to how successful of a corporation Apple is financially. Yet in your mind Apple continues to lose. Pretty funny actually. Keeps us all entertained. I am sure it will be somewhere in the middle, with Apple neither “coming back to dominate” nor “going down in flames” - so we all get to keep arguing until the end of time.

Nemo

I have never seen an ecosystem with more and more severe internal contradictions than Android.  The only participants that make any real money are Google and the carriers.  The Android OEMs are the most screwed, as they get to offer fungible Android devices and, thus, are forced to compete solely on price.  Developers can’t make a subscription and/or sales model work on Android because of piracy of their apps, because Android’s users wont pay for apps, and, more importantly, because Google is heavily biased towards an advertising revenue model for apps, where it is the dominant, if no sole supplier, of the ads, which generate a nice slice of revenue for the Google pot.  And even the carriers get screwed, as they are forced to pay top dollar for top-tier Android phones, which have proven so unable to to even slow, much less defeat, the iPhone and iPad that the carriers are then forced to do deals for Apple’s iOS devices on Apple’s terms.  Even Google gets screwed where powerful governments, so far principally China, carriers, and OEMs fork Android and exclude Google’s services from forked-Android’s devices.

And to this witch’s brew competitive contradictions, Google now adds direct competition with the independent app developers for its Android platform.  So that, for example, the developer of Angry Birds must now compete with Google’s in-house developers, who are backed not only by Google’s vast resources but who will also enjoy the benefit, as do Microsoft’s in-house Office developers, of having advanced inside information about the latest technologies in Android.  This, I think, begins to make Apple’s control of its App Store look like minor inconveniences compared to Google’s rape of its developers.

Bosco, might not you and other independent developers want to create and Angry Developers’ app for Android that smashes images of the developers that Google has malled and ravished against the smiling faces of Eric, Larry, and Sergy? 

Really, Larry’s first job will be to fix, if he or anyone can, the mess internal contradictions that is Android’s ecosystem so that its independent developers get more than a lump of coal and swift competitive kick in the hind quarters for Christmas 2011.  The carriers, at least the lucky ones of them to have iOS devices, appear to be saving themselves by doing the necessary deals with Apple.  As for Android’s OEMs, I think only heaven can help them, because their efforts to put skins on and crapware in Android are not only not working, they are pissing off Android’s end users.

txaggie90

Bosco, now you are flat out fibbing.  I heard the Rome show that day. And he did not say that the iPhone sucked. He said AT&T sucked, because the call dropped.  He in fact said that he loved his iPhone.

Me personally, I’ve never had a problem with my AT&T service.  But I’m lucky to live in one of their best markets.

But for purposes of this arguement, we’ll see what happens once the Verizon iPhone is out.

RonMacGuy

the declining and mostly irrelevant iPad

Thanks for the laugh, Bosco. You are truly an amazing individual. Irrelevant iPad. Wow.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Rome said it was a wonderful app device and a lousy phone, and had a wait-and-see attitude on the Verizon unicorn. As he went on for nearly 1/2 hour about it, it was definitely no endorsement. He loves his iPhone so much it sits in a drawer and he carries a BlackBerry. Hilarious.

Q4 2010: iPad had about 75% market share of tablets, Android 21%. Same course as iPhone. The fun really starts tomorrow.

archimedes

Can we all just agree that Android : iOS :: Windows : MacOS, except that Google > Microsoft?

BurmaYank

Can we all just agree that Android : iOS :: Windows : MacOS, except that Google > Microsoft?

OK, I guess so. 

What I find more obvious to axiomatically posit is that Windows & Android are & always were equally utter (but inferior) plagerisms of Apple’s creations.

RonMacGuy

Look out, everyone!!  Bosco is right since Rome said the iPhone stinks. Wow. But wait, a lot of people think android stinks. Whatever should I do?

Bosco, you pick and choose what you want to hear, and then make outlandish statements without acknowledging anyone’s counter arguments. You truly are a simple troll.

RonMacGuy

Great writeup, Nemo. You really bring up some real issues with android. We will see how long people put up with it.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

What I find more obvious to axiomatically posit is that Windows & Android are & always were equally utter (but inferior) plagerisms of Apple?s creations.

This is specifically not directed at you, BurmaYank. You’ve restated a myth that is at the heart of a loser mentality that has plagued Apple since the early 1990s. Inferior on what scale? I agree as someone who straddled both desktop OSs and mixed in some BeOS for good measure that the Mac was more of a pleasure to use from Windows 95 thru Vista. I disagree about Windows 7 being less of a pleasure than Leopard or Snow Leopard. But that is just one axis. Another axis is price. Another is licensing to 3rd party manufacturers and even home brew assemblers. These impose constraints on Microsoft’s business that keep it from offending too many. Compare with the brewing controversy over in-app purchases on iPad. Sony is irate that all in-app purchases are required to go through Apple (30% + no purchaser data).


As to Android being an inferior phone OS. Nope. Not in the least. Tell me when your iPhone reads incoming text messages to you. The very definition of what a smart phone is expected to do is quite fluid, and the Android architecture and open policies enable developers to explore where smartphone use is going, and provide apps and services to support that.

ctopher

I knew it! Bosco is a Clone! (Longtime ago I lived in Crapchester and listened to the XR4TI crew while hacking).

Rome has always been a phone geek. I believe he used to wax eloquent about the original sidekick saying it was better than a Blackberry. In any event, he does influence his followers but even they are not above arguing the pros and cons with the pimp-in-the-box.

And to say that an iPhone fail on a sports call in show will have an effect on the market? I don’t listen to a lot of that kind or programming but when I do, it’s not at all uncommon for a mobile phone to crap out. It happens all the time. From professional commentators calling in to any of the ESPN shows (Mike & Mike, the Hurd, SVP etc.) to everyday joes calling to voice their opinion on XM Sports Nation or Fox Sports’ J.T. the Brick.

But back to the ad hominems, knowing that Bosco is a Van Smack acolyte tells me volumes. (Unless he’s not wink )

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

And to say that an iPhone fail on a sports call in show will have an effect on the market?

No. But it might have an effect on the Super Bowl if Aaron Rodgers (calling from home on his couch apparently) hadn’t tried to call back three times and Rome hadn’t explained it away as an iPhone issue. It might anyway. Show karma is a weird thing.

txaggie90

Let’s follow Bosco’s logic for a moment.  If Aaron Rodgers, who makes millions a year, hated his iPhone so much, he wouldn’t switch to the Droid?  Those pesky ETF fees and the cost of a new buy one get one free Droids would but a real dent in his wallet.

As for Rome, he’s a big Crackberry guy.  Mainly for the email/keyboard functionality.  Which is ok based upon his needs. Notice that Rome is not a Droid guy.

Nemo

Bosco we need to correct the false statement that Android has captured 21% of the market for tablets.  That falsehood is based on the statement that Android tablets sold slightly more than two million tablets, but that number consisted almost entirely of the slightly more than two million Samsung Galaxy tablets that Samsung said that it sold.  However, this past Friday, Samsung, lest it be guilty of securities fraud, had to notify the world that it had only shipped two million Galaxy tablets to carriers and other retailers but that its actual sales to customers had been quite small, though Samsung would not say exactly how small the sale of the Galaxy have been.  See http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2011/01/31/samsung-galaxy-tab-sales-actually-quite-small/.  So no, Android did not capture 21% of the market but captured far less, though Samsung won’t tell us exactly how much less.

And apparently even Samsung’s small number of Galaxy sales to actual customers must be revised downward by 13-16%, because Samsung Galaxy has a high rate of return from actual customers of 13% and by latest measures that rate of returns has increased to 16%.  See http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20110201/16-percent-of-galaxy-tabs-are-returned/?reflink=ATD_yahoo_ticker.  Those are shocking high rates of return.  For example, recall that the iPhone 4’s rate of return, during the height of the phone antenna controversy and after Steve Jobs offered free returns, was but a fraction of a percent.

ctopher

I played with a Galaxy Tab at the mall during Christmas. It seemed like a nice device.

Surfed the web pretty fast (I think it was on Wi-Fi). Played flash movies well, did not play HTML5 video, but it was probably not the right format (OOG, falling back to MP4 or vice-versa, no WebM)

All in all it seemed like a decent device.

Didn’t buy one though. I can’t stomach the monthly nut and buying one outright at this point seems too 1.0 for me. Also, I really can’t justify it.

And back to Mr. Rome. He is a crackberry guy, but he wasn’t in the beginning. (At least that’s not what I remember. I don’t listen/watch him now…) BUT, sure, the iPhone was discussed. It’s much discussed. If Aaron Rodgers’ Blackberry or Droid failed, I’ll bet they wouldn’t be talking about that, they talk about the carrier. (Well maybe they’d mention the phone since Rome is a phone geek) But the iPhone is bigger than the carrier. It’s news.

And why is that? Because Apple is selling a sh*t load of them. They have captured the imagination of the marketplace. Will that fade? Sure. But at the moment it’s in the spotlight.

Things in the spotlight never live up to their billing and we always love to knock them when we’re done loving them. But we never forget them and if they are well cared for, they often have a redux or two.

So will the iPhone trounce the Android onslaught? No. The economics won’t allow it. The iPhone is an aspirational device and by definition will help sell Android. Will the iPhone go away? I don’t believe it will.

Pinto’s Caddy’s and the like.

RonMacGuy

because Samsung Galaxy has a high rate of return from actual customers of 13% and by latest measures that rate of returns has increased to 16%.

LMAO Nemo!!  Thank you for posting this.  But just wait, when the Motorola tablet ships iPad is in big trouble.  It will be declining and mostly irrelevant when that happens!!

As others have said, basic economics would state that no single product can maintain abnormally high market share, as competition sets in and levels the playing field. But stating that a drop from 90% to 70% implies a product is “mostly irrelevant” is just ludicrous.  Even if it drops to 40-50% that is still huge.  And, iPod market share is still, what, 70-80%?  LOL.  Explain that!!

jfbiii

What if the market is actually making a fairly rational decision to reject Apple?s command and control model?

The only segment of the “market” that hates Apple’s command and control model is the carriers, who wish to maintain and extend their own command and control model. To that end, they will give away crappy android devices for nothing to lock people into a service contract and their own marketplaces and crapware and malware. The reason they will succeed is not that the market is making a fairly rational decision, but that most of the market will ultimately prefer the cheapest product at purchase time. There is a segment of the market that chases these consumers because of the ubiquity they ultimately bring to a platform. But they will only bring profits for carriers and for google, not for devs and not for manufacturers.

As open as android is, and as eager as every developer is to use Awesome Dev Tool 4.86 from Adobe to churn out indistinguishable apps, Google still has to hire people to develop good apps. Seems like I remember hearing about how devs would prefer android because it was open. So why this is necessary, unless devs don’t prefer android—even with a bigger user base, I can’t imagine.

RonMacGuy

jfbiii and Nemo, stop using common sense and stop getting back to the heart of the original article about Google having to hire developers because android developers are tired of working for free. Can’t you see that this has turned into yet another Apple bashing and how Apple has no future with their declining and mostly irrelevant products?!?!?

grin

This is so much fun!!

But hey, if we are changing topics, I have a dilemma. Should I finally upgrade my dumb phone to a Verizon iPhone 4 in a few days, or should I wait 5 months for a Verizon iPhone 5? Hmm. Tough decision!! Any input would be very much appreciated!!

Nemo

While no one can say whether Apple will maintain its dominant share of the market for tablets, it clear is quite possible for it to do so.  As evidence, I adduce the iPod, which has held a market share of around 77% today and market share of greater than 70% for years against all comers.  Apple has also been able with both its iPhone, iPod, iPod Toud, and iPad to compete against all comers on price. 

When Apple introduced the iPad at an introductory price of $499.00, it shocked competitors and observers of the industry, who knew that it would be very difficult for any competitor to build anything as good at than price without infringing on Apple’s IP.  And to date no competitor has been able to match the iPad on either features, quality, or price.  The best that anyone has done so far is to make a second rate tablet at the same price but with a much smaller screen, which isn’t surprising because the screen is among the most expensive parts of a tablet.

The same is true for the iPhone.  No top tier Android, Windows Phone 7, or any other smartphone beats the iPhone on price for Apple latest model iPhone.  And for the price conscious buyer, Apple provides the previous version of the iPhone for as little as $49.00, and that previous model of the iPhone is a better smartphone in its features and is most often cheaper than any comparable smartphone, including comparable Android phones.

And of course, Apple crushes the competition in the price, quality, and features of its various iPods.  So no, there is no reasons why Apple can’t maintain its share in the tablet market with its iPad, and recent history, as described supra, suggests that it would be foolish to bet one’s house that Apple won’t do exactly that.

BurmaYank

I have a dilemma. Should I finally upgrade my dumb phone to a Verizon iPhone 4 in a few days, or should I wait 5 months for a Verizon iPhone 5? Hmm. Tough decision!! Any input would be very much appreciated!!

The iPhone 5 won’t come with unlimited data the way current Verizon iPhone 4’s do.

RonMacGuy

The iPhone 5 won?t come with unlimited data the way current Verizon iPhone 4?s do.

Very good point. Depends on how long Verizon “grandfathers” you in, but should be at least until the iPhone 6!!

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