Originally published: February 6, 2012
Last updated: February 6, 2012 - 9:43pm
Based on a growing number of data points, Android’s sales dominance may be nearing its apex while Apple’s iOS is on the rise. Even as a daily user of both an Android smartphone and tablet, I can’t deny the facts that Android’s partners are not doing as well as they used to. The conclusion that Android’s best days are behind is surely arguable, but I am starting to think that Android is on the decline for several reasons.
- The early Android handset makers are free-falling.
- Apple is grabbing a huge share of mobile revenues and profits.
- The top three smartphones are all iPhones.
- First-time buyers are picking Android, but . . .
- Even now, there are still few apps hitting Android before iOS.
- Android no longer has a killer app.
- There is less of a lock-in cost to keep people on Android.