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Is the End Near for Android? [Opinion]

Lately Business Insider (BI) has been announcing the imminent death of Android based on iPhone and iPad sales, reported disinterest in the platform by developers, and upset manufacturers. According to a handful of their writers, Android is poised to lose market share to both iOS and Windows Phone. Is the end near for Android?

The Tablet Problem

A couple of these writers are right to point out that the continued great sales of the iPhone and the iPad spell trouble for Android. While Android has continued to hold its own in the phone space despite carriers like Verizon selling more iPhones than all Android phones combined for two quarters, Android has been a disaster in the tablet space. Despite two major versions of Android for tablets, consumers have not taken to Google’s vision of how a tablet should look and feel. Based on analysts’ estimates, the Kindle Fire is the best selling Android tablet with 54% of the Android tablet market.

Why hasn’t Android been successful in the tablet space like it has been in the phone space? BI rightly identifies that Apple partnering with AT&T exclusively likely had much to do with Android’s success, but the tablet market is not the phone market. I am convinced that Android has not been successful in the tablet space because Android is significantly better on phones compared to tablets. The reason people are buying Fires is because they are cheap and the UI is dirt simple if inelegant. I cannot emphasize enough how certain I am that the main reason people buy Fires is because of the price, not the quality of the product. People are buying the Fire over a Galaxy Tab or Transformer because it is cheaper and good enough. So why are people buying iPads over Tabs and Transformers? Because at that price the iPad has a better ecosystem and experience.

So how does Google break into the tablet space? Make a product that is significantly better than the iPad. This isn’t rocket science. People aren’t buying Android tablets because they are around the same price as the iPad, which offers a better experience. Honeycomb was rushed, jittery, and buggy. Google should have waited to release it. ICS is gorgeous on phones, but just as disjointed as Honeycomb on tablets. The Kindle Fire may be the best selling Android tablet, but that doesn’t make it a strong competitor with the iPad. The only way to fight the iPad is with a better product.  Why did consumers buy the DROID instead of a Blackberry or a Touch Pro2 or Pre Plus? Because the DROID offered an obviously superior experience. Now that Android and iOS are in parity on phones, Google needs to ensure that the Android tablet ecosystem and experience are in parity or give up on tablets.

Disinterested Developers

BI argues that developers are becoming less interested in Android based on Instagram trying to sell itself for $500 million before the Android version was released, thereby insisting that it was valuable enough without an Android version. Louis goes even further, arguing that  developers will soon be leaving Android for Windows Phone. Both of these arguments are insane to me.

BI readily admits that the massive number of Instagram downloads on Android influenced Facebook’s decision to double Instagram’s initial evaluation, but he doesn’t give it enough credit. It’s one thing to pay more than the company is supposed to be worth, but to double the value is significant. Facebook has a ton of money, but that doesn’t mean it can just throw $1 billion around without consequence. Facebook clearly recognized that with an Android app it could reach far more users (and ensure that it would control Instagram instead of Twitter).

Based on BI’s own numbers, interest in Android development has hardly waned while Windows Phone and iOS have plateaued and Blackberry has plummeted. In general Android users don’t buy as many apps as iPhone users, but because of Android’s volume of users developers are still able to make money through ad sales. While developers may be more interested in platforms where their apps are actually purchased, the alternatives are two: iOS and Windows Phone. Many developers write apps for both iOS and Android to cover the largest number of users, but I can’t imagine why developers would start to favor Windows Phone over Android. Even if Windows Phone users were more prone to buy apps than Android users, the insignificant number of Windows Phone users don’t justify the switch in emphasis.

Motoroogle

The final threat to Android is manufacturer discontent with Google buying Motorola. According to BI’s sources, manufacturers are considering forking Android or leaving for Windows Phone to avoid favoritism by Google towards Motorola. The question is, why would manufacturers like HTC and Samsung try their luck with forking or leaving Android?

While the Fire has been successful, it hasn’t been successful because it was a forked version of Android. It has been successful because a company that people actually recognized sold a cheap Android tablet. Forking Android wouldn’t solve any manufacturers worries – they’d still have to compete with Motorola and Google on top of competing with Apple. Forking Android may allow manufacturers to make their skins more integrated, but it would mean relying on the Amazon App Store (or their own forked app store). Unless forking Android meant creating an obviously superior experience then it doesn’t make sense for manufacturers to fork Android.

The even more insane option would be for manufacturers to leave Android, the only thing making them money, for Windows Phone. Windows Phone doesn’t have a large user base and doesn’t offer an ecosystem or experience that is competitive with iOS or Android. More importantly, shifting to Microsoft puts manufacturers in the same situation they’re facing with Google thanks to the Nokia-Microsoft partnership (Microkia? Nokisoft?). Why be in the same situation with fewer users? Even if Google does favor Motorola, manufacturers don’t have any appealing alternatives to Android under Google’s approval.

Is Android coming to an end? Not at all, but that doesn’t mean that Google has an easy road ahead of them. The reality is that the issues brought up by Business Insider are real (blown out of proportion, but real). Google needs to do better in the tablet space, maintain good developer relations, and continue to support its OEM partners. iOS is a growing threat in the phone space and continues to dominate in the tablet space. Developers may need to support Android now, but its possible that Microsoft or Google (or another party) could disrupt the ecosystem. Google also needs to be careful with how it uses Motorola so that it doesn’t upset the Android ecosystem by trying to compete with its partners. Android has a long future ahead of it, but it is a future lined with problems that need to be addressed by Google.

  • http://twitter.com/batfandotcom Ben Rollier

    This post is moronic.

  • MKader17

    ” Louis goes even further, arguing that  developers will soon be leaving Android for Windows Phone.”
    One of those times where I truly did Laugh Out Loud

  • fauxshizzl

    I would love for there to be a real competitor to Google other than iOS. I am pro Droid all the way but I would ditch them in a second for something better if it existed. Google has a great vision, but so far the follow through has been less than impressive. Until the big G takes more control of the OS back from telcos and handset makers, nothing will improve. I am less and less excited about all the stuff I read on this site by the day. “Oh cool, a new update! Oh thats right, I won’t actually see it for at least another 6 months if at all..”

  • Jwhap

    If Google really wanted to shake things up, all moto devices would have

  • Bob Martin

    apple could sell 1 billion iphones and ipads a day and i would still prefer android. it would only mean there r more idiots in the world. idc about sales of the device. i care about what it can do.

  • moozicmon

    Yes, the entire ecosystem, bazillions of dollars in R&D, millions of of users on their second or even third gen Android device…. it’s all going away because Apple is selling a lot of iPhones and iPads.

    Also, IE is going away because more and more people are using Chrome and Firefox. Oh, and Blue Ray is going away because most people still have DVD players. Speaking of defunct media, they have sold more ipod’s than CD players so those are all going away as well. And the radio, no on listens to the radio anymore so that is doomed as well. Not to the mention television, less people are watching television so say buh-bye.

    JFC.

  • Nick

    Long time reader, first time responder…

    This is a dumb post to put on an Android site.  I’m heading over to a more relevant Android site now.

  • http://twitter.com/mangopositive Eric Martin

    I love my HTC Rezound, but when my wife’s bonus money came in and she said “Go get a tablet!”, the decision to get a new iPad was a fairly easy one.  The hardware really does feel significantly better than the Android tablets.  That said, everything on the app store costs significantly more money.  I’ve spent more in the Apple app store in a week than I have in 2.5 years with Android.

    • Droidzilla

      What about the iPad hardware seems better than the newest TF? I’ve used both and honestly thought the TF felt just as premium (plus I like the OS a lot better).

  • http://twitter.com/lennyg10 Lenny Glickman

    Newsflash: I like my Xoom.

  • Mike91270

    And in other news….”The World Is Flat”

  • Lovehate

    It’s true apple its out selling Android again.but really with out Steve jobs at the helm how long can this last? With put a doubt apple its strong right now, but their stagnant, while Android its ever moving foreward.yes this causes growing pains (bugs), things will only get better.people get bored with the same old thing, so with out Steve jobs brilliant marketing,people will come over to a better Android.( opinion)

    • Lovehate

      Just for the record the wrong words and misspellings is my Swype keyboard not me haha

  • http://twitter.com/JDeBowles_MS Justen

    This isn’t the right site for this article, as most visitors here are pretty subjective and were put off from the title alone. But this article raises some very valid points. 

    1) Google is not doing well in the tablet space, and the fire sells not just because it’s cheap, but it’s easy to understand. We don’t need 8-core tablets with cryptic software to the normal consumer.

    2) Catering to developers is good, but a unified app system across a range of devices would be much better. People are tired of force closes and Seeing that an “app isn’t available for your device” banner in the market for a 6 month old phone. 

    3) Stop focusing on specs and focus on the experience. ICS is better than honeycomb, but does nothing to fix the confusing nature of android tablets compared to the ease of Ipads.

    4) Enthusiasts/Rooters/Hackers make up such a small portion of android. Therefore things like “bootloaders, Amoled vs. Super LCD, IPS vs. TFT, Dual vs. Quad core” do not matter when it comes to successful sales. 

    this article is a little ominous, but definitely raises some very true points. Android has some growth to do if they want to remain competitive, because all the people who purchased the first android phones are now up for an upgrade, and to many of them android appears cluttered with too many phones, apps that don’t work on even newer devices, and and less apps compared to the alternative. 

    remember, the OG Droid didn’t sell so well because of specs,bootloader.It sold well because it was FIRST, any app on the market worked for it, and a damn good marketing campaign. Just look what good marketing did to samsung from the first galaxy to the GS2, now compare that campaign to the one for the Galaxy nexus.
    I think you get my point

  • Srshreve

    BBusiness Insider blows EVERYTHING out of proportion.

  • http://www.thinkgeeks4u.com Hiral Patel

    90% of articles on the web these days are just ways to drive traffic to their blogs – BI is a grand daddy at this. Real questions are how many will jump ship with iPhone 5? Tablet war is lost to iPad lets face it overall it is a phenomenal product over any other tablet. Those that say it’s not just aren’t willing to admit it or are ignorant. By no means am I fan of apple products but dame iPad is freaking sweet.  

  • Tripod4

    BI is the national enquirer of business blogs – they’ll do anything for a pageview.

  • YOURE GOOGE, SOME SOME…

    if google doesnt grab things by the horns then yes were in bad shape. lay down some ground rules for android because all this oh you can do whatever you want is nice and dandy but at some point its going break and that breaking point is right around the corner. stop letting things just slide, YOURE GOOGLE, GROW SOME…! SMH

  • BulletTooth_Tony

    I suppose in the realm of fast moving technology and fickle consumers that anything is possible… but I’d be just as willing to say that Apple could be nearing its end… or Microsoft could be nearing its end.  But I doubt it.  All 3 of these companies have a critical mass behind them, and positive press and word of mouth.  It’s taken BlackBerry almost half a decade of rehashing the same product repeatedly to get to its present state, but it STILL isn’t dead yet.  I don’t see Android just disappearing quietly into the night, given that.

  • BarryJones

    What’s Business Insider and why should I care?

  • cantcurecancer

    Jesus Christ, this takes sensationalism to a whoke new level. Obvious troll post

  • EvanTheGamer

    HELL no…it’s just the beginning for Android’s dominance over the mobile market.

    And why post a topic like that? Sure, an opinion, but some opinions start wars.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Also, who hired the Apple guy? lol

      Come on…don’t want to even THINK like that! Android will continue to make its presence known. I don’t care what anyone says, Android is here to stay!

      • Jeremy Cope

        Read it

    • jcorf

      Did you read the article? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/wandrewscott W Andrew Scott

    This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

  • Raven

    I still think the “Tablet Problem” is an insane lack of advertising.  I think one good national TV commercial could change everything, but no one is advertising.  I just don’t get it.  Show off watching movies and You Tube videos on a beautiful widescreen display instead of a cramped 4:3 display, show off reading full page PDFs on a nice vertical widescreen display, show off easily putting some cool widgets on your desktop instead of just having a boring grid of icons.  Everyone I have shown my Transformer to has loved it and thought it made an iPad look like a child’s toy.  Yet, most of the population that is buying up iPads do not even know Android tablets exist because no one is advertising them.

    • jonny6pak

      I completely agree that advertising is a huge problem for Android Tablets.  Android isn’t really positioned in any which way in the consumer space.  A consumer might recognize Android due to phones, but that doesn’t mean they will suddenly trust and support it in tablet form when they stop by a retail store. 

    • http://peoplewho.tumblr.com wireless G

      As a passionately anti-Apple, pro-Android user, I have to disagree. I have had a Galaxy Tab 10.1 since last summer, and it pales in comparison to friends’ iPads. I went through a Best Buy this weekend, playing with all the Android tablets — you can’t swipe from screen to screen without encountering numerous, visible hiccups. My 10.1 has a custom rom running it at 1.4 Ghz and I *still* have a staggery, clunky interface and often sluggish performance.

      Compare this to the iPad 3, with a shockingly good screen, much higher resolution, but which is still smooth as butter while swiping, launching apps, scrolling long pages, everything. It makes the Android tablets look like cheap junk. I’m never buying an Apple product, but man, I don’t understand why our tablets lag so far behind.

      • thebruce44

        Have you tried the Transformer Prime? Mine is smooth in transitions, especially on webpages with Chrome.

        And I agree with others that advertising is a big issue. ICS on tablets isn’t a perfect UI, that’s for sure, but those big beautiful tablet screens were made for widgets, not to have more app icons on them.

        • EC8CH

          I agree completely. iOS looks childish on a phone and ridiculous on a tablet.

          • Stuhtc3D

            Yeah ios looks like primative dumb phone icons.

        • Sven Enterlein

          My thoughts too. However, once iOS supports widgets (is there actually a reason why it doesn’t already?) there will be few arguments for the average user to choose android. I love my Transformer and don’t need all the apps offered for iOS but I’d really like to have the higher res screen and the battery life.

          • Bob Martin

            There will always be reasons why android is better. they r open source. high level of customization. and a large selection of devices to choose from with its own unique features. Once iphones r customizable, and have more than one device a year then i might think about trying it out

      • http://twitter.com/Lancer033 Keith Hollis

         I’ve got a Tab 10.1 too.  It was okay until the last official update which caused all kinds of problems so i finally broke down and installed a 4.0 ROM (AOKP) and it’s great.

      • DanWazz

        I played with the Transformer Prime and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. The Samsung was good, no problems and did what it was supposed to without lag. The prime did all that and more, and that screen blew me away. Both work just as well as the i*ad 3′s I’ve played with, and the Prime LOOKED just as good as the i*ad 3.

      • Rampagedeluxe

        I really don’t have that problem with my Xoom or my friends Galaxy tab 10.1. I only see lag on screens when I go to Best Buy. I hear these stories, but I never see anything like what you are saying on peoples actual tablets. 

      • AndroidRules-IOSdrools

        I have an HP touchpad with CM9 ics, an for a altered android tablet the thing is quick as hell,. No lagging between screens, etc. Mine was $150. Id rather have this then spend $700 on an ipad. With close to 1,000,000 new activations daily, there is no end in site for Android…

        • Paul

          TouchPad ftw.

      • David

        You make some good points, but you’e not quite comparing apples and apples (pardon the pun).  The GTab 10.1 is about 2 years old now.  The new iPad is barely a few months old.

      • brando56894

        I have no issues with my original Transformer and everyone I’ve however it to has loved it also.

      • smartguy05

        I have the original transformer on ICS and it runs great and doesnt hiccup at all.

    • PABNJ

      I agree as well, the advertising is greatly lacking for Android Tablets.  My assumption about the Google Motorola relationship is that we won’t see a bias towards Motorola, but we’ll see phones as Google envisioned it.  Less Blur, and would not surprise me if we saw unlocked bootloaders.  Motorola makes great hardware, but I have to say the software sucks, but if they were vanilla Android OS, we all be pretty happy, and throw in an unlocked bootloader, we would all be ecstatic.

    • WickedToby741

      They need a Nexus tablet made by Samsung or Asus and they need to run clever ads to go with it. The few ads that have been put out for other Nexus devices have been good as have the Chrome ads, so I see no reason why Google couldn’t successfully market a Nexus tablet. The biggest problem with Android tablets is misconception that they’re inferior to the iPad. With phones, there have been carrier salesmen that have been pedaling Android, but you don’t get the same exposure in the tablet space. Half the reason for Apple’s success is clever marketing.

    • hot_spare

      Samsung isn’t giving up yet Tablet space. 250-buck 7 inch tablet will gain momentum for sure. For developers out here, keep an eye on the 4 million bounty they are giving on May.

    • HintonLewis25

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    • T4rd

      Indeed.  Samsung should run this commercial every 20 mins on cable.  They would outsell everything.. instantly..

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iN_4NAbmuY 

    • http://twitter.com/DavisDarvish Davis Darvish

      you are a genius. i gotta say apples commercial and billboard ads and marketing is the best brain washing system i have ever seen. Its because of that, people buy apple products. the OG droid commercial was the ONLY android ad that was as amazing and even that was still geared towards geeks. funny that google, a company that makes money selling ads, cant get an ad campaign for android for the life of them

    • h_h

      Are you really sure that a widescreen on a 7″ display will be perceived as “better” than any format on a 10″ screen…?

      Unfortunately, marketing only goes so far:  a solid product that generates very positive word-of-mouth is what permits a single vendor the opportunity to potentially dominate a market segment.  And to get there, it isn’t about any one single factor, but a holistic product which in today’s parlance means slick vertical integration.   And that’s exactly what the iPad … and now also now the Kindle … has shown.

      -hh

  • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

     I don’t think Android is going anywhere. I love the phones. However, I’ve yet to find an Android tablet that I prefer to my iPad 2.

    • Droidzilla

      What is it you like better about the iPad, out of curiosity? Specific apps? I’ve used both an iPad and a few Android tablets, and I almost always liked the Android offering better.

  • http://profiles.google.com/k3gman Keg Man

    If microsoft can integrate its PC OS with its phone OS seemlessly, I can totally see Windows phones taking over completely.  Windows 8 looks like this is the direction it is going and from what I’ve seen, windows 8 looks awesome

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Brito/1718798421 Richard Brito

       Keep in mind Windows 8 for phone will be ARM and Windows 8 for PC will be x86. You might see something close to seem less with their properties (IE Office) but third party will be just as limited and ugly.

      • jonny6pak

        MS could always push to use Medfield chips and thus get x86 phones into the fray.  That’s going to cause some true fragmentation absent devs compiling for the x86 chipset, of course.

  • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

    Sorry to say but one more stupid op-ed like this and you are going to lose a long time reader.  These are getting ridiculous.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Stupid, because you are as much of a fanboy of Android that some Apple users are of their product? 

      It’s a news site, I suggest you get used to it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

        News isn’t subjective. We come here for facts. If we wanted made up news, we’d watch Fox News.

        Fact is that Ron’s opinion pieces are the worst articles on this site. I would rather just have Kellex alone post things because they are the most informative.

        • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

          My articles are clearly marked as opinion. If you don’t like them you don’t have to read them. 

          • Stuhtc3d

            Well it’s a competitive market, my sister got an apple hd, with office 2011, and she probably uses a Google search engine.

      • Droidzilla

        It’s an Android site; really it’s closer to a fan site than a news site, truth be told.

  • http://twitter.com/hoodieNation hoodieNation

    thought for sure I was about to get Rick Roll’d

  • http://twitter.com/alarsonisu Alex Larson

    Android tablets havent been a failure because of the OS. Even honeycomb was 10x what iOS is on a tablet (zero effective use of all that extra screen space, just a bunch of icons). The tablets have failed because by and large they are still toys to most people, toys that most people (other than apple zombies that will buy anything that company makes) can’t justify that kind of price for. All the major manufacturers tried to rake in ‘apple-like’ margins on their tablets as well, so they didnt compete at all (it wouldnt work in other markets either… how many mac-priced laptops sell?). If google were to release a loss-leader (profits regained by android market) full featured tablet, it would kill in the marketplace. That is the main problem, google hasnt released a tablet that set a ‘google standard’ like they did with the nexus line.   

    • Droidzilla

      And in a single paragraph, you successfully rebutted that entire section. Kudos.

      • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

        Not really… see my reply above. 

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      If the only way for Google to gain market share is to drop the price of the tablet like the Fire, then they aren’t really competing with the actual product, just price. For some reason people are looking at Android tablets and iPads that are similarly priced (or Android tablets that are far cheaper) and overwhelmingly people are choosing the iPad. Either all those people just buy Apple products without question or the iPad is a better product. 

      • http://twitter.com/alarsonisu Alex Larson

        Bull.  Apple can rake in massive margins because it is apple, not because the ipad is any better. Its branding 101. Nobody else has that kind of brand value, so when other manufacturers futilely try to rake in the ‘apple tax’ on a non-apple product, it wouldnt matter how good the device is, they arent going to sell many. 

        Making matters worse, there’s almost zero marketing for android tablets.And nothing from google that leads the way for the android tablet market (like a nexus or like the Droid did on VZW back in the day)

        It has nothing to do with quality of the device. Its poor execution on the marketingpricing side.

        • LionStone

          +100…Dang Alex, maybe you should write the next article? You hit the nail on the head…branding 101! Case in point, my sister recently purchased the new ipad. Did she check out other tablets like I did and compare? No. She never even looked at anything else. Before that she switched from her dinc2 to iphone. She didn’t even know how to use all the features and customizations on her dinc2 before selling it. She went with simple and that was all she cared about.

          How many people did what she did and blindly purchase their iproducts without comparison shopping? Oh, and the other day she was wondering why her ipad browser was shutting down (fc?) I compare her new, “heavy” ipad to my GTab 10.1 all the time and its got nothing on my Android tablet that I would want. My 10.1 is stock and quick and does not lag.

  • Jmikel222

    There is still 17 letters left in the alphabet. Android won’t die soon

  • BloMeSanjay

    Other manufactureres need not worry about the Google-Motorola thing.  Moto has pi$$ed off enough of their customers (like me) so bad, they’ll never buy another Moto device – no matter who owns them.

  • LeDerp

    Android and Apple are, i feel, in their teenage years, somewhat awkward teenage years. Apple is the ‘cool school jock’ but Android will turn out to be the acne-full-nerd that fully blossoms into adulthood as a genius loved by the masses and the jock to be forgotten as a commoner lol

    • bakdroid

      And Windows Phone is the slut that will do anything to get a better grade!

  • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

    I swear Ron really needs to keep his bad writing on his personal blog.

  • Curtis Martin

    Sensationalist article from Business Insider -> Sensationalist opinion piece from Droid Life

    Seriously though, look at the sales of the Galaxy S2 and it’s obvious that Android isn’t coming to an end anytime soon.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Al/100003688905322 John Al

       Wow, I just literally commented the same thing (at the same time). 

      World implosion alert!

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      What is sensationalist about destroying their sensationalist articles? 

      • r0lct

        You can tell most of these comments are from reading the title and possible the first paragraph.  Had you titled it “No way Android is going away” you’d see much different comments from all the non-reading commentators.

        • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

          Good point. Maybe people should read the article before commenting… :/

          • Curtis Martin

            I read it, and though it has valid points it’s still a ridiculous headline.

          • r0lct

            True, however you still have to know your DL audience.  A less antagonistic tittle would have helped you achieve more readers and potentially more constructive comment threads. 

          • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

            Perhaps. I’d like to think people would read the article before jumping to conclusions, but apparently that’s not realistic. The article is dealing with the question of whether or not Android is poised to fail, so I think the title fits. I could bury the lead, but I don’t think that makes for good writing. 

  • summit1986

    BOOORING… back to Googling “zerg rush”

    • EC8CH

      awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Al/100003688905322 John Al

    BI is living off of sensationalism quite a bit of late.  It’s hard to find a piece that doesn’t wreak of it.  Just look at yesterday’s bit on Zimmerman and the shooting of Treyvon Martin. 

    It’s a shame that so many people lend credence to what is essentially a news blog that isn’t focused on any one particular space (in direct contrast to a site such as Droid Life).  Take their opinions with a grain of salt –literally.

  • bakdroid

    Ron, how do you live with yourself writing this trash?  How is this considered news, or even an opinion?  If you have an opinion on BI, then comment on their site.  Don’t fill this site with all your trashy reporting.  This is all marketing and fabrication that you are printing.  You probably fall for that “beta test” commercial from Nokia too.  Stop wasting our time with these worthless articles.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      No one if forcing you to read these articles.  I’m tired of 14 year olds bitching about things that they have control over. 

      • bakdroid

        Just because you are a high school senior doesn’t mean you should pick on younger kids…

        He needs to leave.  He is the worse writer and only posts to get people all hot and bothered over his so called “opinions”.  He needs to leave this site and hopefully enough people will bitch so Kellex kicks his dumbass off.  If he wants to write articles like this, he can go on BGR.

        And by your same logic, no one is forcing you to read these comments.  You need to check yourself, buddy.

        • La2da

          He is the worse writer? You’re not so good yourself, hotshot.

          • bakdroid

            Pot….meet kettle…

          • CORYK333

            Wow, you even missed that one…….

        • Andrewborges144

          you need to get off this site….. nobody wants you here

    • Christopher Riner

      I, for one, love Ron’s articles.  I think its important that we receive information about google, because the fact of the matter is, at the rate google is going in the tablet market they won’t last forever.  Google and oem’s simply will not continue throwing resources at tablet development if sales continue to plummet.

      The article has a lot of good information.  It seems to me like you are just upset that android is sucking in the tablet market, but its the truth.  

      • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

        Thanks. :)

        • Christopher Riner

          Keep ‘em coming, Ron!  Albert Einstein once said, “Great minds face violent opposition from the mediocre”.

          Notice how much opposition you’ve created here?  That’s what opinion pieces are all about–stating the things a lot of us are afraid, or unwilling to admit.

    • M1ghtysauc3

      Someone’s mommy doesn’t hug him enough.

    • trumpet444

      I actually liked the “beta test” commercial, as in it was pretty original/creative. I didn’t agree that the Nokia Win7 phone is the “final release” phone to top our “betas” though 

  • ramifications

    Those are some retarded conclusions from the BI editors. Android is only going to grow in popularity. Windows phone will grow slightly, but wont come close to iOS or Android in the foreseeable future. The interest in Android is only growing in the US and as more of the “top tier” apps come to android, and the platform matures, more people will switch over from iOS.

    There is nothing in there to suggest that Android will decrease in any way in the phone space.
    Tablets are different because android is in such a disadvantage right now. But I also believe they will grow in this space as ICS and the next revision mature the platform.

    • http://twitter.com/jgpmolloy John Molloy

      “There is nothing in there to suggest that Android will decrease in any way in the phone space.”

      Other than the target market for Windows Phone will be those that refuse to buy / have no interest in the iPhone. If Windows phone succeeds it will come at the cost to Android rather than iOS. But the jury is still out, should be a very interesting couple of years.

  • LiterofCola

    Leaving for Windows phone?  lmao!

  • Cbaxter82

    If windows8 is relatively good. Kissing android goodbye and drinking the m$ juice once again

    • bigdav1178

      Have fun! I personally prefer tiles on my walls and floor, rather than my phone and computer.

    • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

      Windows 8 is not a phone OS.

  • Sheldonguy3

    Android is here to stay…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Brito/1718798421 Richard Brito

    Did Glenn Beck write this? Must be a slow Friday.

    • John

      hah

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Brito/1718798421 Richard Brito

         ANDROID IS COMING TO AN END……………….BUY GOLD NOW….AND EMERGENCY FOOD RATIONS………AND A TEDDY GRAM…….AND DON’T FORGET ABOUT MOTHERS DAY FLOWERS….

        • bakdroid

          How about Dunkaroo’s.  They were delicious….

        • Danny TwoTones

          LOL Richard, don’t troll

        • Andrewborges144

          get a life you clown

    • LiterofCola

      lmao!

    • Drew

      actually read the article, maybe then you’ll have a relevant response.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Brito/1718798421 Richard Brito

        It’s ok Ron, don’t get your panties up in a bunch. Relevancy is a matter of opinion; but to clarify I did read it sadly.

        If you can’t see the correlation between the alarmist approach of this article and Glenn Beck’s style than it simply went over your head.

        Good day sir :)  

        • AlexKCMO

          Richard, when are you going to play Dota 2 with me?

        • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

          You do realize that Drew wrote that comment, not me, right? The article wasn’t meant to be alarmist; it was meant to call out Business Insider for their bogus, alarmist theories. 

    • trumpet444

      dislike

  • http://twitter.com/kaiyel1 Kyle Miller

    Seriously. Who has a Windows Phone? Like does anyone really think a multi-million dollar or billion dollar OS is in trouble when the sales are there? The production is rampant and more and more people have access to low to high end android devices all over the world? Yeah. Thought so! Like stated above. Google must now think strategically in order to sustain their market. Do not go out like Window Phones did many years ago trying to please everyone.

    • Rob

       Don’t count out Windows phone…With Intel releasing its new mobile chipset for phones and tablets running x86 code, you will see those Window 8 mobile phones capable of running desktop applications. Tablets will no longer be “toys”
      Remember how everyone and their grandmothers stated Android would never take off when it launched? Look at it now…Windows will take off. And it will be big.

      • Kyle Fullmer

        Fully agreed, and I hope it does do well so if Android does die I don’t have to go back to a flip phone.

      • CORYK333

        Exactly, people on here are forgetting (or are in denial) about the integration of the new Windows desktop OS with their mobile/tablet OS. Will i use it?…no, but the masses are gonna start to eat that sh!t up sooner than clowns on here think.

    • BulletTooth_Tony

      I know a few people… it’s actually pretty slick.  They just lack apps in an app-driven smartphone world.

    • kixofmyg0t

      I actually know more people with a Windows phone than a Galaxy Nexus. Its only 2 to 0 but still. :/ 

      Both are female and one actually dual boots Android on hers. 

  • http://twitter.com/superkeest SuperKeest

    AYFKM

  • Raven

    I guess it is a slow news day so they let Ron post again.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Who hired the Apple guy? lol jk

    • Jason Purp

       lol’d

  • TheRunner024

    Android is not going anywhere.

  • OG Droid

    Windows phone really? Nobody buys their phones.

  • ddevito

    Whoa. For a minute there I thought I typed in cultofmac.com.

  • ForSpammy7726

    Droid Life loves to bait and troll its readers.  

  • Sqube

    Android is as dead as PC gaming.

    • Skant153

      that whole internet thing is just a fad, same with android

      • Stuhtc3d

        You are so right Android will never catch on, its like that flash in the pan air travel.

    • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

      Yeah, and PC gaming definitely died out as predicted. Activision Blizzard is doing TERRIBLE with their titles like World of Warcraft and Diablo 3, which is releasing in less than 3 weeks. /s

    • Jmonteiro829

      Google was just a bubble!

  • http://twitter.com/HowdyFellers Inspector Butters

    I feel like android is still very young and they are about to work out all the kinks with different manufacturers. I can only see it going up from here.

    • chris125

       Agree. Android still has a lot of room to improve and Google seems to continue doing that with each new version of android.

      • Kyle Fullmer

        The question is, will they finish or at least make it acceptable to the mainstream before they have all jumped to iphones, which is already on the ball.

        • chris125

          People like android and people like iOS and iPhones I don’t think it really has to do with beijing acceptable because it already is google just needs to continue to refine and work on android and not get complacent like rim did

    • Usmitcboy

      Why da f*ck do people keep saying that sh*t! Do you think Android needs to be 18 years old before it’s ready for primetime. Android is suppose to be great by year 3 or 4 not just maturing. Can you be on your job for 10 years & still don’t have the basics down… As much as I like Android it needs to get on the ball.

      • http://twitter.com/HowdyFellers Inspector Butters

        Android has the basics down. When you compare it to apple, who develops their software for one phone, one screen size, one button, one port, obviously its going to be a lot easier. Android gives you options. It’s like modifying a car. You drive a stock car from the factory, it works, its fine. You start building your engine, it will be faster, more desirable to what you want, but there will be small quirks/problems you have to deal with. Yes a beige toyota camry works perfectly as a car and does everything you need it to, but id rather drive my stage 3 tt S4 at 24psi with 15 mpg.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

    Android is not in trouble.

    • http://twitter.com/GRZLA Grizzly Atoms

      I couldn’t agree more with you. I saw the tablet section and it mentions iPads and what have you. I don’t care about iPads or iPhone or iAnything for that matter. I enjoy Android, I know it, and I love tinkering with it. Just bought a Galaxy Tab 2 with ICS for $250 at Best Buy the other day. It is an amazing tablet for the price point, and isn’t laggy in the least. I am seeing a lot of well known developers pick up this little 7″ piece of Ice Cream Sandwich too.

      • http://twitter.com/jgpmolloy John Molloy

        “I don’t care about iPads or iPhone or iAnything for that matter.”

        You don’t but many millions do. One small question, if Android is not in trouble then how come last quarter 78% of smartphones sold on AT&T were iPhones, and on Verizon they still sold more iPhones than all the Android phones added together?

        • Daniel Forsberg

          Yeah because Verizon and AT&T are the only ones selling smartphones in the world. When it comes to worldwide sales Android is in the lead, open your eyes outside your borders.

        • Calvin Williams

          I lost you at more Android phones added together. The Razr Maxx outsold the iPhone alone last quarter. The Galaxy S3 had 9 million pre orders, the note sold around 7 million, the Galaxy S2 was a huge success, I’ve seen a ton of One X’s. I don’t talk about phones with anyone but I’ve heard soooooooo many people 15-25 say iPhones are boring, they like Androids. I was honestly surprised at how much love Android phones get.