An Android chart that should scare the crap out of Apple

Why would Apple need to be afraid of Android? Well according to this chart put together by SAI, Android has gained tremendous momentum in adoption of it’s operating system and become a preference for developers due to it’s overall global size, potential and the fact there are over 85 Android based handsets in the world. But if history has taught us anything, Apple may make the same mistake once again.

Diehard Apple fans remember what happened last time:

  • Apple invented an amazing new product (the Mac) that revolutionized the PC industry
  • Developers and consumers went bananas
  • Everyone concluded that Apple was going to take over the world
  • Apple insisted on controlling every aspect of its product–from hardware to software to distribution–instead of opening up the platform and trying to achieve ubiquity
  • A much-less-loved competitor (Microsoft) copied Apple’s software (badly) and sold the software to every PC vendor who wanted it
  • Developers went bananas about the size of Microsoft’s (inferior) platform
  • Microsoft took over the world
  • Apple was relegated to a niche market and left for dead.

And now diehard Apple fans can be forgiven for wondering if it’s deja-vu all over again.

Why?

Because:

  • Apple has invented an amazing new product (iPhone/iPad) that has revolutionized the industry
  • Developers and consumers have gone bananas
  • Everyone has concluded that Apple is going to take over the world
  • Apple is insisting on controlling every aspect of its products, from hardware to software to distribution, instead of opening up the platform and trying to achieve ubiquity
  • A much-less-loved competitor (Google) has copied Apple’s software (badly) and given the software away for free to every phone (and, soon, tablet) vendor who wants it
  • Developers are now going bananas about the size of Google’s (inferior) platform, Android

So the first several acts of the play are playing out exactly as they did before.  Which should leave diehard Apple fans wondering whether the next two will play out the same way:

  • Google’s Android will take over the world
  • Apple will be relegated to a niche market again and left for dead.

[via Silicon Valley Insider]

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About Tony P
Connoisseur of all that is Mobile Tech.

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