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Here's why I think that iOS will clearly dominate the future landscape for non ad supported apps.

You are not a google customer, youre a Google product. Android exists to deliver your eyeballs and your habits to advertisers, who pay Google. It stands to reason that since google only makes $ from ads (remember they pay developer 70 and the carrier 30%) quality paid apps, do nothing for Google's bottom line and Google could care less about.

Apple also has the low end sewn up pricewise and qualitywise... An iPod touch 4G is $210 shipped from amazon, no tax. Samsung may be shipping a competitor soon. (like for the past 1.5 years!)

Google has a problem with fragmentation. It's not getting better. Nuff Said.

Apple
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I hate objective C...

Why apple....WHY!!!!!!!
Funny how its good enough for the inventor of the WWW; But it's not good enough for you. What can you show that you have created, reflex99? I'll guess a big fat nothing.
post #83 of 84
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Here's why I think that iOS will clearly dominate the future landscape for non ad supported apps.

You are not a google customer, youre a Google product. Android exists to deliver your eyeballs and your habits to advertisers, who pay Google. It stands to reason that since google only makes $ from ads (remember they pay developer 70 and the carrier 30%) quality paid apps, do nothing for Google's bottom line and Google could care less about.

Apple also has the low end sewn up pricewise and qualitywise... An iPod touch 4G is $210 shipped from amazon, no tax. Samsung may be shipping a competitor soon. (like for the past 1.5 years!)

Google has a problem with fragmentation. It's not getting better. Nuff Said.

Apple

- So what you're saying is that Google serves as an ad company first and foremost, who benefits greatly in providing advertisements to its Android users and nothing more. But from what I saw in Google I/O, Google engineers are actually vocal in training their developers to create better apps by providing tips on coding techniques, APIs and whatnot. They are not forcing anyone to use one method of payment, but instead help them make their apps relevant, coherent and of great quality. See their keynotes.

- The iPod Touch no doubt is a cheap device that uses iOS, which benefits Apple by reaching out to lower-end markets. However, we shall see if it will retain its level of dominance once Samsung outs its Galaxy S 4.0 and 5.0 media players - priced competitively starting at $240.

- Fragmentation issues aren't as big as people would think. If you're defining it as the problem of Android devices running on different hardware which hinders universality in app performance, then you might have to reconsider that idea. Around 90% of all total Android devices are compatible with a majority of apps in the Market, from those in 1.5 Donut to 3.1 Honeycomb. Should there be problems in compatibility, people can just report the issues to the developers - and usually it only takes them days to apply patches and sort the problems out. Not that bad of a problem.

But if you define fragmentation as the lack of quality control on the part of Google in monitoring apps published to the Market, then you are correct to an extent. Currently there are many crapware floating around that it's admittedly difficult to sort out the good apps from the bad ones. Then again, this is the price we have to pay for Android to maintain its open platform status, by not implementing a strict app approval process like how Apple does it. Also, Google is starting to fix this by improving its Best Apps and Best Trending categories to give good quality apps visibility, which in turn would sway customers into getting those apps instead of waddling through trash ones.

- And yes, Apple's brand name is a major factor why the App Store is successful. It has established a large core fan base because of its quality products and services. Moreover, it has become a status symbol for a majority of the world; people everywhere have considered Apple as the prime luxury brand for consumer electronics and media consumption. This already gave the company enough leverage to push even more services including the App Store.

Google may not reach that caliber, simply because it's not the true owner of the Android ecosystem; the manufacturers and carriers would have to do the promotion of the Android brand name.
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First off prices for applications are not a clear indication of the health of the app store. Their prices set by developers, not apple and not the carrier. This was seen with the I Am Rich app.

Second I agree, and many have agreed already that there's a lot of crapware on Android, however that does not mean the Android Marketplace is a terrible app store. There are many good applications.


Thirdly, no actually viral applications is not a strawman argument. It is simply the argument that helps make sense as to why Apple's App Store has so many apps compared to the Android market.
These Viral apps, and games attract customers (Most of Apple's customer base are regular ignorant people, not professionals. Just are most of Android's customers are regular ignorant people.).

Apple's marketing also helps them tremendously, and can be attributed as one of or if not the only factor to Apple's success in both the mobile phone, and computer world. They market their computers as the a fashion statement, not a product.

However the industry is changing as shown my recent reviews on laptops, recent mobile phone reviews, and Android Market's undeniable growth.
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