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Google Says Android is Winning War Against Apple's iOS

By - Source: Bloomberg | B 39 comments

Android accounts for more than 70 percent of worldwide smartphone shipments.

Google executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt believes Android's war with Apple's iOS has seen the former come out on top.

Speaking to Bloomberg in an interview, Schmidt said Android's battle with iOS "is of the scale of 20 years ago -- Microsoft versus Apple." In his opinion, Google is "winning that war pretty clearly now."

Statistically, Android has outpaced iOS for several consecutive quarters. With the emergence of several budget-priced smartphones that boast a variety of screen sizes, Q3 shipments saw Android accounting for 72.4 percent of the worldwide market, while iOS settled for a distant second place with a 14.9 percent share. It's also a similar outline for the former's tablets lineup.

Commenting briefly about Facebook, the Google chairman stressed that he believes Google+ is a "viable competitor to Facebook." That statement was echoed by the latter's VP of product, albeit through a more direct approach, who stated that the former is a "social network of the past".

Current Google CEO, Larry Page, lately discussed the search engine giant's relationship with its rival, with the two companies discussing regularly due to their search ties. As for Apple, meanwhile, the firm recently suffered its largest share price drop in four years due to Android's continued dominance.

 

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    keither5150 , December 12, 2012 9:49 PM
    Will the iphone eventually end up with 6% market share like mac?
    I have used both and find that ios is simple and lacking features. Android is much cooler, no matter what any judge says.
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    sliem , December 12, 2012 9:49 PM
    People like free, what did you expect?
    On another note: Facebook should close
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    mman74 , December 12, 2012 10:33 PM
    I think the entire smartphone industry can stand up and applaud Google for what they have done. Without them phone OSes would have proliferated and fallen ever further behind iOS. Eventually a good many of them would have gone out of business and we would all be using iPhones.
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  • 23 Hide
    keither5150 , December 12, 2012 9:49 PM
    Will the iphone eventually end up with 6% market share like mac?
    I have used both and find that ios is simple and lacking features. Android is much cooler, no matter what any judge says.
  • 21 Hide
    sliem , December 12, 2012 9:49 PM
    People like free, what did you expect?
    On another note: Facebook should close
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    jhansonxi , December 12, 2012 10:11 PM
    While I don't think it's a good thing to have any particular company control the market I'm not expecting RIM or WP8 to change the current trends. WebOS and Firefox OS are even less likely without some major vendor and developer support.
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    dark_wizzie , December 12, 2012 10:21 PM
    In Android we trust!
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    yeeahnick , December 12, 2012 10:24 PM
    Android FTW!
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    kryzzay , December 12, 2012 10:29 PM
    >:D 
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    mman74 , December 12, 2012 10:33 PM
    I think the entire smartphone industry can stand up and applaud Google for what they have done. Without them phone OSes would have proliferated and fallen ever further behind iOS. Eventually a good many of them would have gone out of business and we would all be using iPhones.
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    dimar , December 12, 2012 10:52 PM
    Why can't Google create an open source Windows alternative OS for the desktop PC?? With gaming support and stuff.. Surely Google has the resources?!
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    atikkur , December 12, 2012 11:10 PM
    openness should win.. or we all doomed by slavery..
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    photog10 , December 12, 2012 11:30 PM
    I have an android myself but I have to give credit to apple. 1 phone vs 400+ android phones . they do pretty well.
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    ericburnby , December 12, 2012 11:56 PM
    In other news Toyota sells more cars than BMW. You think BMW cares how many Corollas and Camry's are selling when their own factories are running around-the-clock and they sell every BMW they produce as fast as they can make them?

    The only thing BMW cares about is how many Lexus cars Toyota sells, since Lexus has several models to compete directly against BMW. Apple doesn't care about the gazillion 320x240 2.8" phones running Android 2.2 or 2.3 or the countless Coby tablets selling in grocery stores.
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    fearless1333 , December 12, 2012 11:58 PM
    Okay no shit. Yes, Google is going to be like "Yeah, apple is convincingly winning this phone battle. Android sucks dick. You should buy that brand with the fruit logo instead." What the hell is this shit?
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    blakbird24 , December 13, 2012 12:31 AM
    ericburnbyIn other news Toyota sells more cars than BMW. You think BMW cares how many Corollas and Camry's are selling when their own factories are running around-the-clock and they sell every BMW they produce as fast as they can make them?The only thing BMW cares about is how many Lexus cars Toyota sells, since Lexus has several models to compete directly against BMW. Apple doesn't care about the gazillion 320x240 2.8" phones running Android 2.2 or 2.3 or the countless Coby tablets selling in grocery stores.


    Terrible analogy. You are saying that BMW doesn't care how many Toyotas are sold because BMW is a premium product and Toyota is a mainstream product. But what makes BMW premium? More features and a higher price - two things the iPhone does not have in comparison to Android phones. You can get an Android phone for $1 and you can get an iPhone for $1. You can also pay up to $399 for an iPhone or $429 for an Android phone. Apple most certainly DOES care how many Android phones are sold because any one of those purchases could have been an iPhone, whether it would have been the iPhone 4 for $1, or the iPhone 5 64GB for $399. Both are sales, and both add a digit to the "MILLIONS OF IPHONES SOLD" announcements that give day-traders boners.
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    house70 , December 13, 2012 12:38 AM
    Google has been pushing the envelope with every new Android edition, whereas Apple has been trying to play catch-up with their iOS (their latest achievement - notification bar, a dysfunctional one, compared to Android's) and trying to sue everyone out of business for stupid patents that get invalidated every day lately.
    Apple's only advantages were:
    -plethora of apps , now irrelevant because devs have caught up pretty fast
    -hardware - they used to hold the crown of luxury handsets, now left behind not only by top tier Android phones and tablets, but also by the new generation WinPhone 8 handsets.

    Of course, nobody can sink Apple better than Apple themselves, with the latest blunders in terms of both hardware and software they did put up lately. To be honest, every manufacturers has problems/bugs, but only the ones that claim to be perfect are the ones that get the scrutiny of the masses.

    Last but not least, people enjoy diversity and enjoy having choices to make on their own, not choices to be made for them by someone else, be it a person or a company. Especially when that person/company behaves like the schoolyard bully.
    Comparing Apple to BMW - that only stands when you look at the option to dump the BMW and buy a Ferrari or a Lamborghini or an Aston Martin. Those guys sell even fewer cars than BMW, but I would pick one of them every day over a BMW. For instance, why settle with an iPad Mini when you can get better specs on a Nexus 7? Same question for iPad vs Nexus 10.
    It's all about choices, that's all. For me Android is way more functional/logical/easier to use than iOS, which I find clunky and old, backwards and uninspired. Others might just be too heavily invested in iOS to look back and change ways. If/when WinPhone gets close to the amount and variety of apps that the other 2 OSs are enjoying, I might even consider Windows phone instead; who knows? I keep my options. Too bad that many iOS customers are too brainwashed to realize they even have these options.
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2012 1:37 AM
    Not surprising. eg. Apple Maps is dangerously leading visitors to Australia on wrong path to their destination. When Apple attempted to fix the error, it turned out the error was only half-fixed by Apple engineers.

    http://www.news.com.au/technology/apples-latest-ios-6-maps-system-is-luring-motorists-into-danger-police-warn/story-e6frfro0-1226533592620
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    digiex , December 13, 2012 2:45 AM
    In terms of numbers, how about in terms of revenue for Google.
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    okibrian , December 13, 2012 3:52 AM
    Hey Tom's, the Google Maps app just got released for iOS. You got to get on it and post it.
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