Monday, August 2, 2010

Why do we compare apples with pears?

Yahoo is announcing that more Androids got sold than iPhones in the last 6 months. Android has now a market share of 24% and iPhone 23%. Biggest share has still Blackberry with 33%.

But this compare does not really work. Either we need to compare the OS and then yes android has a bigger share than RIM OS or iOs4, or we compare the phones then specific Android phones are much less sold. There is no android phone which has such a significant share than Blackberry or Iphone.

I predict, Android OS will be the number one smart phone OS, but the iPhone will be the number 1 sold smart phone followed by Blackberry.

I we even look closer the iPhone is already number one sold phone, if we separate the different Blackberries instead of throwing them into one bucket.

And i think this is Steve Jobs path, he does not care how many phones are using Android, he only cares that the iPhone is number 1sold phone. If he would want to compare Android and iOS operating systems, and still wants to be number one, than he would license his OS to other brands, but this will not happen.

Same with ebooks or touch tablets. Right now iPad is number one and will be for long, but on the OS level, there will be soon more touch tablets and ebooks reader using Android than iOS from Apple.

Again we should not compare apples with pears, it is like comparing Windows OS with apple computers. Apple OSX has only a small market share, but Apple is one of the biggest computer producers.

Apple is number 3 behind IBM and HP in terms of hardware.

3. Apple

Well known for stylish desktop and laptop systems, the company has added value with eye-catching moves into the portable music players and smartphone markets. To date, more than one billion applications have been downloaded for its iPhone and iPod Touch devices. Brand value: $13.6bn.

2. HP
From its humble printer origins, HP now has a very comprehensive product catalogue across both enterprise and consumer sectors – from desktops, laptops, and printers to high-end network switching systems. Its EDS purchase last year doubled its services business and gave it another way into the enterprise hardware business. Brand value: $23.8bn.

1. IBM
Big Blue tops the chart, although the company once synonymous with business computing has undergone a sea change in recent years. It sold its PC division, including ThinkPad laptop brand, to Chinese firm Lenovo in 2004, but still has four server brands - i, p, x, and z ranges. Continuing strong demand for its z Series mainframes has helped the company to weather the current economic storm. Brand value: $31.5bn.

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