I would have to disagree with a number of conclusions that were made by the author, specifically related to the 'bloat' issue.
Linux/Android , is specifically compiled for a particular device model, the OS developer first has to build a configuration file that clearly highlights the hardware and chip functionality of the system, then if a particular driver for that chip is not available, a driver has to be written, this is then compiled and built into a 'system' image that is loaded onto the device, as a result the OS is usually quite lean in its requirements
This is the same way that Apple develops software for its own hardware, it is not the windows model where , hardware can be 'swapped' in and out of the platform, leading to a need for endless drivers.
As regards 'Android' being closed, it was closed long before version 3.0 was made available, specifically certain parts of all Android OS is out of bounds and the source is NOT available and never has been available.
The underlying Linux kernel code IS available, but since Android runs within Linux, google is well within its rights to make Android closed source, the same way the writers of 'Angry birds' are entitled to keep their source code closed.
You see this particular model frequently when an open-source project reaches a particular size and becomes profitable, it is spun off and a separate money making company is built up around it.
Google has other 'issues' related to having their source code open, specifically 'Oracle', since if Android 3.0 is closed it is going to be harder for Oracle to comb through the code looking for potential 'conflicts', they have enough of that already, then there would be the issues related to security companies and other programmers going through the source code being able to see exactly what google is 'upto' as regards tracking and invasion of privacy.
As regards to the market of Apple products, they will continue to loose market share, purely becasue when you enter the market at the absolute top, there really is only one place to go and that is down, but it is related to market fragmentation rather than poor quality products.
Is this a case of glass half full versus glass half empty?
Thanks for the impressive stats that you shared. I am of the opinion that Apple's strategy of managing a modfied "closed system" is not a point of weakness and its tactics of buying up its suppliers to assure the quality of iOS is infact going to eventually help Apple eat into the Android market shares with time.
As we are reading this article from the Apple vs rest point of view then we should also analyze this graph from this POV. Considering that rest of the companies (apart from let's say Nokia, RIM) do not have their customize software platform, the market share of iOS is impressive. Having said that, i do not know whether Apple should try to collaborate and make its iOS avaialble for others to experiment and power their smartphones. But by doing so they can for sure gain more momentum in making their OS more popular and grab more market shares.
Hi pocharle, the graph is not about total market share for mobile OS, only a trend on recent purchases.The total market share would be a totally different graph, but this chart does highlight how popular Android is becoming.
I think those numbers don't truly show the preference of consumers. There are so many more Android devices out on the market now than any other mobils OS. So that 50% might be a little misleading if you look at it from a macro level.
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