While Apple posted record-breaking profits in its quarterly results, the holiday season didn’t turn out too favorable for the Android smartphone market. It is easy to see why many are worried about the future of Android-based smartphones.
Consumers are buying iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at record shattering numbers, but the question of high priced iPhones remain unanswered. The huge disparity between iPhone and other smartphones is a valid question, which raises concerns over the future of the mobile market.
Apple is being sued by a California woman who claims that when she bought a Samsung Galaxy S5, Apple's iMessage system for iPhones stopped delivering text messages to her. The plaintiff, Adrienne Moore, is hoping a federal court will grant her claim class action status.
The war between Apple and Google over mobile "platform" market share is the most important issue in tech right now, arguably. While there is certainly room for two mobile device systems, the war between iOS and Android in the long-run will shift billions of dollars in app development revenue and advertising fees. This chart, below, is a stark illustration of exactly where the battle lines are drawn in that war.
About 150,000 people attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year, about 5,000 of which were tech journalists. Yet everywhere you went, people were using large-format Android phones instead of Apple’s iPhones, which are generally smaller.
One advantage of being a professor is that you can ramble about your eccentric theories to a captive audience. For example, I often grumble to my graduate students that every time a new iPhone comes out, my existing iPhone seems to slow down. How convenient, I might think: Wouldn’t many business owners love to make their old product less useful whenever they released a newer one? When you sell the device and control the operating system, that’s an option.