Latest Android Stats Do Matter

11 05 2010

PC Week is reporting that for the first time the volume of Android devices sold surpassed the volume of iPhone devices for the quarter.  The article goes on to minimize the victory because the Android devices have been moved through a variety of methods including deep discounts and buy-one-get-one-free offers.

PC week likens this to Prince drive up his CD sales stats by giving a free CD to everybody who purchased a ticket to a live performance.

There is one big difference here: A CD is not a platform.

The reason the Android numbers matter is because this is a platform war:

  • More platforms in the marketplace means more developers
  • More developers means more applications and more innovative applications
  • More platforms means developers develop for your platform first

Developers don’t care how you moved the platforms.  They just want to develop for the platform that will provide the biggest economic opportunity for them and that comes down to pure volume.

As I have written before, this is a battle to be the focus of innovation for the intelligent, handheld device market.  Google is gaining fast, but the war is far from over.

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