Android widens its lead over Apple in the U.S.,the ultimate prize is RIM's slot at #1

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  1. kodiak799

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    There are advantages and disadvantages to the one vs. many options on both sides. IOS will lose share, but IPhone will continue to be the best selling handset because of it's huge installed base. Apple is not dumb - they know as the market becomes commoditized that they'll make more money off premium positioning leveraging the brand/image by bundling the OS and hardware. They would weaken the brand/value of both by splitting that union, nor do they appear to have any interest in the added complexity of rolling out additional options which could negatively impact quality.

    I think if Nokia and WinMo do partner there will end-up being 3 major players in this market, possibly 4 if RIM ever gets its act together.

    I also expect a major assault from both IOS and Android on the enterprise market this year. The outlook for RIM is dire.
     
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    agree wholeheartedly with both of these points - well said!
     
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    If the iPhone were available on all carriers these numbers would not even be close (I'm sorry but if you believe otherwise your fooling yourself). I'm more excited that we're catching up to RIM than we are beating Apple. It means more to beat company who has a similar marketing strategy (more phones on all networks) than it does to beat a company that has one phone on one network (until later that is).

    I'm not saying that we shouldn't be happy that Android is doing well, but every time I see these statistics I can't help but say "well duh". Now if there was a single Android phone that was beating the iPhone than I'd say congratulations. Just my opinion.
     
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    It's on multiple carriers globally and being outsold about 2 to 1, that despite the fact that IPhone has a much larger percentage of existing upgrades in its sales numbers. If you look at the trends, it's pretty clear that BB and Symbian users are choosing Android by a fairly wide margin. That IPhone share has been relatively flat even while expanding carriers suggests saturation, while continuing to capture a fairly constant portion of new smartphone sales.

    And the multiple carrier/multiple devices thing is really about trade-offs. The Iphone brand clearly benefits from the exclusivity and simplicity (quality control!) of one device on fewer carriers. IOS on multiple devices would significantly cannibalize IPhone sales, and IPhones running Android or another OS would significantly cannibalize IOS share.

    Android and IOS are really both very good OS's and it's splitting hairs to argue one is better than the other. In a free for all they probably would split the majority of the market, but that would necessarily bring the IPhone back closer to the pack in terms of the top handset.

    And if Nokia partners with WinMo this probably becomes a 3-horse race.