Android vs. iOS (iPhone)
It seems to me that Android has created a powerful niche somewhere between Microsoft/Windows and Mac/iOS.
As we all know, the integration between- and smoothe operation of Apple Hardware and its own Software( Along with Steve Jobs’ vision/leadership) have propelled the company and the brand from the brink of extinction to the most powerful and most profitable company on the planet (Q3/Q4 of Fiscal year 2012). Microsoft/Windows had dominated the market by licensing its software to manufacturers who could “assemble” the hardware categorically and load the proprietary software to create a generic-for lack of a better term-product for the masses in a timely/cost-effective manner.
Though, the money saved on research/integration/development meant those PCs usually couldn’t even use the technology within to its FULL potential.
Meanwhile, in the current market trends–with Mobile devices surpassing Desktops/Laptops–Android has emerged as an Open Source, customizable Operating System to fill the gaping hole left by Microsoft’s inaction to recognize what Google had realized very early on, shortly after iOS/iPhone release; namely, to anticipate and shape the shift to more powerful mobile devices that could potentially rival the technology found in stationary Desktop PC systems–or at least its usage by the masses/consumers.
However, the nature of an OpenSource OS enables manufacturers–especially those who actually MANUFACTURE their own hardware, i.e. ASUS, Samsung–to customize, adapt, embellish the software in order to facilitate a more seamless integration between HW/SW; thereby providing the best of both worlds, in a more cost-effective product.
Nevertheless, the third-party software still has to be integrated/adapted/customized by the device manufacturers. Once again, though, the Open Source code minimizes that time constraint and development cycle of Android products/devices by bridging the collaboration between Hardware & Software maker. Based on that collaboration and cost-effectiveness/entropy, the development/evolution of Android devices is growing at a more exponential rate than that of Apple products.
To summarize it, the nature of the Android operating system applies the cost-effective measures that Windows offers, while providing a better integration of Hardware and Software–the progression of which is speeding up. Finally, add on top of that the tremendous loss of Steve Jobs, and the equations seems to have/be shift-ed/ing.
P.S. the record sales of iphones during the release of the iPhone 5s have more to do with Apples market-share (expansion into China) than with innovation and development–both of which *may* prove to be stifled by the AppStore,etc policies.
Originally Written on October 12th, 2013