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soozyg
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8/14/2014 | 1:14:57 PM
Steve's impact
Android is the clear leader, with iOS and Windows Phone trailing

This may be a silly question, but you suppose Steve Job's death has been the main impact here for IOS? Or are there other, bigger factors? I know Apple's stock has been slowly depreciating.
Stratustician
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8/14/2014 | 6:54:59 PM
Re: Steve's impact
I think overall the perception of iOS products has shifted.  At one point they were seen as being the alternative to the traditional devices (PCs), and yes, they had interfaces that are easy to use and often, just work.

That being said, part of the problem is that Apple has sat on this advantage too long.  There have been no significant advances in their interfaces, and the functionality is in line with leading devices from other manufacturers such as Samsung and HTC when it comes to mobile devices, which just happen to be the main consumption device for most people when it comes to tech.  Until Apple can bring back the innovation that made them become such a strong force in the market, people will look for the innovation elsewhere.
soozyg
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8/15/2014 | 9:27:58 AM
Re: Steve's impact
Until Apple can bring back the innovation that made them become such a strong force in the market

Interesting. Do you think it's entirely because Jobs is gone?
Thomas Claburn
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8/15/2014 | 7:30:09 PM
Re: Steve's impact
I don't see a lack of innovation at Apple, but its innovation is cautious, improving and expanding, rather than trying to reinvent the cash cow. Android, because of its openess, seems better suited to experimentation, like Project Ara.
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8/17/2014 | 2:26:15 PM
Re: Steve's impact
Good point, Thomas. I think that's the edge Android has over Apple. In a sense, both are innovating--but Android is just doing it faster, and with more people working on it as opposed to Apple.
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8/17/2014 | 2:27:33 PM
Re: Steve's impact
I don't think it's because Steve Jobs is gone. I agree that he was a visionary, and he was an exemplary presenter. But Apple wasn't created or run by just one person alone. Maybe it lacks some pizazz and Tim Cook might not have as much showmanship, but Apple (or any company for that matter) wasn't a one-man show.
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8/17/2014 | 11:53:35 PM
Re: Steve's impact
In the beginning the awe of iPhone was like a big splash. With time, it will naturally fade. Many new users will jump into iOS and Android, they will experiment and settle down. All has pros and cons. However, I am happy that there are diversity in market and it is not a complete monoploy.
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8/15/2014 | 12:10:39 PM
Re: Steve's impact
I think that's true to some extent, but it's also the main problem with a closed ecosystem. Yes it gives you total control over how the brand is perceived, but it also means that innovation is restricted to you alone and in Apple's case, it meant at most one handset a year. 

In Android's case, there's a new phone every few weeks, with many more companies competing with one another as well as with the iPhone, which means cheaper hardware, more regular updates and better products overall. 

I doubt Jobs has as big an impact as some think too. He was a hype man far more than he was an ideas man, especially in the last decade or so of his life. 
soozyg
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8/14/2014 | 1:17:44 PM
free iPhone
"With many of its OEM partners focusing on the sub-$200 segments, Android has been reaping huge gains within emerging markets,"

Yes, that makes sense. Although I know that Verizon did/does offer free iPhone with 2 year contract. 
Thomas Claburn
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8/14/2014 | 6:53:05 PM
Re: free iPhone
Interesting that Android is doing so well on the low-end...that points to a problem for Firefox OS.
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8/17/2014 | 1:48:08 PM
Re: free iPhone
You missed the main point "emerging markets". US based Verizon has no such foothold. 


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