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Android and iOS not replaying Mac-Windows

Louis Gray has been ahead of the curve in predicting Android's feature parity with iOS. He has a worthwhile piece up noting that the continuing competition between the two mobile platforms is not like the old Windows-Macintosh wars because both of today's players provide a great software experience. He concludes:

For when it comes to the mobile applications piece of this skirmish, Apple is not Apple of the 1990s. It is playing a role more similar to that of Microsoft, who had more titles, more developers, and a seeming guise of invincibility. This is not a replay of that battle, but a new one where the challenger is now the dominant one, and behaving much like a dominant player would. What I like more about this specific discussion is that this time, in my opinion, both sides are great. I would take a market battle between Apple and Google any day over the frustrations and issues that took place with a dominant Windows of yesteryear. I still love my Mac and the iPad has transformed mobile computing. But let's not be so naive about the world of Android software. Developers, users and the entire Android ecosystem are going to be benefitting from continued progress and growth - in quality and quantity.

-louisgray.com, April 10, 2011

Posted by Aaron Pressman

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  1. Talk about hardware business.
    Don’t mention anything about hardware.

    Apple is in the business of selling hardware. That’s not to say OS is not important, but to argue that this won’t play out like the old days when the hardware situation is EXACTLY the same is missing the forest for the trees. Samsung already holds AMOLED production over the heads of other OEMs. What if Samsung decides it’s no longer in their best interest to keep taking sacks of money from Apple?

    • The hardware situation is exactly the same? Apple had sold 150,000,000 apple computers to consumers at price parity before any competitor could offer even a slightly inferior competing product? Hardly. Consumers had nothing to do with who won the PC war.

      In the late 80s PC market penetration was tiny. Even at corporations there would only be a couple of PCs and they would be in the accounting department using Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheets. Then they spread to secretaries replacing their typewriters using word perfect. Microsoft hit the scenes with office and offered a complete productivity suite and killed apple on price. Businesses are looking to save money so they gained massive share. In the early to mid 90s when the internet started to explode consumers finally had a reason to own a PC at home. So they opted for Windows because they used it at work and it was over a thousand $ cheaper than a MAC.

      The mobile platform battle we are seeing today has absolutely nothing in common and it is comical to see such pedestrian, unsophisticated comparisons on a daily basis.


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