Android vs iOS?
This is a battle between two companies that added to the change that occurred in the technology world in the last 10-14 years.
This is a battle between Google as the owner of Android and Apple as the owner of iOS which is the mobile phone OS running on iPhones.
This battle also brought in other Google’s allies in close combat with Apple; companies like Samsung, OnePlus, HTC and others now battle for suppremacy with the smartphone Gaint, Apple.
10 years ago there was a big turn around in the mobile phone industry. Apple’s first iPhone was born and there came the big revolution which ruined the market for the older companies governing the mobile phone market and has mobiles in the market running on other operating systems.
Apple’s first iPhone was born and there came the big revolution which ruined the market for the older companies governing the mobile phone market before the revolution.
These companies started losing sales and customers to Apple, most of then ended up putting their companies either on sale or merging with other big companies.
The ride was so smooth for Apple as its name became global and was repeatedly referred as a king in the mobile phone world.
But, the party was only going to last for 15 months.
Google launched their first Android on September 23, 2008, in a partnership with T-Mobile. This smartphone was going to stir up the biggest rivalry ever in the history of technology.
The new Android phone, called G1 looked so cool then but today, it will look like a piece of crap in your hand. It has a bulky frame, slide-out keyboard and a trackball like the one found on Blackberry devices and finally, it was a touch screen device.
After so many battles fought in terms of “Hey you, see what I created, can you?” and also many “under the table leg kickings” as expected from rivals. By 2011, Android OS was declared the most popular smartphone platform in the US and just as Hitler would have done, CEO, Steve Jobs declared an all out war against Android, the war continued even after his death.
Incase you don’t know yet, Android began as a small startup until Google acquired them in the year 2005. By 2006, Google’s Android team has set to work designing its own software and mobile phone that will rival with the then smartphone king, Blackberry.
Hell broke lose in January 2007 when Jobs mounted the state to unveil the first iPhone device. According to a report, Andy Rubin, the head of Android was in his car when the presentation was made and had to stop to stream the presentation online.
Now, Google Android had a new rivalry, they needed to redesign their prototype and start all over and when they were done, although the first Android phone has a larger screen touch device more than Apple’s iPhone, the device was less a threat to the Apple iPhone.
Then, nothing much happened, until Google made its Android an open platform which gave other mobile phone manufacturers to get hold of the OS, twist it to their taste and bring out phones that innovative enough to share the market amicably with Apple.
Because of Google’s decision to make Android open source, that’s the reason we could see Samsung coming up with its Galaxy S series that are being compared together with Apple iPhones today.
By 2010, the smartphone market was filled up with phones from Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC, Motorolla and others worth mentioning are the companies that embraced the open sourced platform of Android to make the smartphone world a more exciting place for each and every one of us today.
Then, the Smartphones were expensive devices and only the rich and well to do individuals could afford them. The iPhone was even more expensive than the Androids. Until some Chinese companies like Tecno, Infinix, Oppo, Xaiomi, and others started producing cheap Android smartphones and made smartphones available for everybody.
The iPhone was even more expensive than the Androids. Until some Chinese companies like Tecno, Infinix, Oppo, Xaiomi, and others started producing cheap Android smartphones and made smartphones available for everybody. These Chinese smartphones, came into the African mobile phone market not only because they were cheaper but because of their longer battery life. (I think Tecno started this trend and gripped it from the hands previously holding it).
Meanwhile, Google was also producing smartphones called the Nexus phone lines now they are called Pixel phones. The phones were also well accepted in the market.
According to an analyst, he stated that Android was able to take the market from Apple who set the trends because “Android has an army of vendors, they havea lott of different people trying different things to make it interesting and differentiated.”
While Google believed in running Android as an open source, Apple believed in holding unto iOS personal and controlling the user experience all by itself. According to Steve Jobs during an interview in 2010, “Android is fragmented, the users will have to figure it all out.”
The smartphone war currently is going on fine and everybody with an idea and a marketable product is benefitting no matter how small. From the big Apple, Google, Samsung and others to the small fingerling smartphone companies located somewhere in China and India.
The thing is, the sky is wide enough for any company that has wings to not only fly but also fly as high as possible.
I wouldn’t say Android is beating iOS to a stupor in this battle for supremacy. But check this trends. Android is dominating in number and sales worldwide.
Google recently hit two billion monthly active Android devices. This means that their money making products are on two billion devices; apps like Gmail, Google search and Google maps that are the Google products.
Meanwhile, Apple tends to swallow all the profits from the smartphone industry by owning more high-end market and it makes far more money from iOS than Google does from Android.
Apple Earns from iOS by selling high-end devices and apps on its store to its users while Google earns from Android through Advertising. And the money it losses on number; it gains back by selling its units with a higher price.
Apple posted sales of its March quarter from iPhones and it was around $36 billion while Google reported sales of around $3.1 billion for the same quarter from its other revenues category which includes products (Android products) and the Google play store. Unfortunately, Alphabet doesn’t doesnt break down this category further but the category includes mostly, Google’s cloud services, Google play store and products like pixel phone and Google home.
Google makes most of its money from adverts and the good Android had done for Google was to put it in front of more mobile ad revenue.
In conclusion, while Android is dominating iOS in number worldwide, iOS more money for Apple than Android makes for Google.