So this marriage didn’t worked out. Google wanted to make Android to circumvent as possible monopoly. The thing is Samsung is clearly headed this way as one major provider of Android devices. Is Google happy with this? I’m not sure. Now the plan seems to sell Motorola to a serious player like Lenovo in order to help create some competition against Samsung. We’ll see how things play out in the next year or two.
Why is it so complicated and hard to get updates on Android devices finally explained? HTC tells it all. Warning, this is ugly.
Now, compare this to iOS updates. Apple’s iOS 7 is already running on nearly 80% of all iOS devices (iPhones, iPod touches, iPads) only after three months on the market. Still, according to some people, this is part of a big plan designed by Apple to force people to upgrade to newer devices because iOS 7 on older devices sucks. So you see, this is a damned if they do, damned if they don’t scenario for Apple.
The question becomes: where is the real planned obsolescence, from Apple who provides free upgrades to iOS for more than three years old devices or from Android where cheap devices cannot be upgraded unless you buy a new one?
“Observers, seduced by the simplicity of the metric, have elevated market share as the sole driver of financial performance to a position that far exceeds reality,” Wolf writes. “Indeed, there appears to be no correlation between market share and the viability of a platform. In surveying the variables that determine the viability of a platform, we would argue that the breadth and depth of the platform’s application library and ecosystem play a far more important role than does market share.”