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Apples are good for you Androids not so much

October13

last week I saw the new Samsung handset that is running the latest Google Android Operating System: “Ice Cream Sandwich”.

it’s a good device.

…seriously.

solid. and, the OS feels vibrant.

here is some recent press that adds some relevant perspective:

“Google is also helped by its expansion into mobile phones with its popular Android software. The company’s mobile revenue is now running at about $625 million per quarter, a crowing [Larry] Page said Thursday. He sounded confident that mobile will become an even bigger moneymaker with next week’s scheduled release of updated Nexus phone from Samsung and Google’s proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of cell phone maker Motorola Mobility Inc.”

but,  all that said, there’s been some media “stuff” around Samsung and Google holding-off from announcing the Samsung device running the newest Android Operating System out of respect for Steve Job’s recent passing.

that’s rubbish.

and, it’s “reverse marketing” with them trying to come-off like nice guys. the reality is Steve would have RELISHED the competition, and APPRECIATED any announcement coming out, even at his service, because he believed with all his heart that ANY innovation was great for us all. he was confident in his own vision-driven road-map to stand before all-comers.

see a pending Blog post for more. but, of miner consequence, here is a recent article from the The Milton Herald that includes a few quotes from me around Jobs.

now we have even more perspective as to why Apple stuck to it’s standard product roll-out strategy in rolling with the “4S” and not appeasing some people with a preemptive “5” (well… other than the fact that Apple always sticks to it’s, collective, guns). ha! once people see the iPhone 5 (the iPhone 4S is really is already quite a remarkable upgrade), Android will have to stop trying to compete.

and, for the record, the following press offers additional, and relevant, perspective…

Apple has claimed that pre-orders of the iPhone 4S are breaking prior records.

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says first-day pre-orders of the iPhone 4S topped 1 million, breaking the record set by last year’s model.

Apple Inc. and various phone companies started taking orders for the phone only last Friday. the new iPhone hits stores today. it looks the same as the base “4”. but, in truth, it’s a significant upgrade – but barely heralds the great promise of the iPhone 5.

so… first-day orders for the iPhone 4 were 600,000 when it launched last year (that puts the numbers above around Google in it’s place. “crowing”, indeed.). and, as most of you know, it was then sold in the U.S. only by AT&T Inc. now, the iPhone 4S is also sold by Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp.

keep watching Sprint. as I predicted several weeks ago, it’s offering unlimited DATA for Apple’s iPhone users, something AT&T and Verizon can’t and won’t do, [yet]. I’m planning on making the jump to Sprint, myself. and, Sprint has something up their sleeve. look at China as part of the plan. any Android device strategy is going to be kicked-in-the-teeth.

it’s now no secret that Sprint has made what appears to the unwashed unknowing, a Risky $20 billion bet on the iPhone: http://mashable.com/2011/10/03/sprint-20-billion-iphone/?utm_source=iphoneapp.

twenty billion is a debatable figure. or, maybe it’s relatable. but, to be clear, Sprint has reportedly agreed to purchase 30.5 million iPhones, regardless of whether it can find customers that will buy them. in fact, for the moment, Sprint does not, currently, have anything near that size in terms of smartphone customer-base.

but, that public information is a bit misleading.

my take?

watch what happens with Sprints indirect “partners” in China. this way you (as defined by those that do the research) won’t be surprised by the nationalization of the cellular industry and where the supply of iPhones comes from.

the demand for iPhone (and, NOT Android devices) coming from that region is going to be insatiable.

consider this for additional perspective (I know I’m probably over-using the word: perspective. but, it’s working, today)…

Sprint did not commit to buying $1 billion dollars worth of Android devices.

the companies CEO is betting the house, and his reputation on Steve Jobs’ (and, that of new CEO Tim Cook) go-forward thinking. I’ll be covering this in a great amount of detail in just a few weeks. first, I’ve got some meetings on the West Coast, and some intelligence gathering  work afoot outside of Shenzen, China to work through. but, just be ready. do it!

Larry Page may be crowing today. that’s fine. but, Steve Jobs is likely beaming. and, more of us are with him every day.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

5 Comments to

“Apples are good for you Androids not so much”

  1. Avatar October 18th, 2011 at 1:01 pm Nick Says:

    For as long as I’ve known you, you’ve been saying that Android will fail and the “next” iPhone will destroy all other competitors. What makes this assertion any different from all the others? It seems you’re hellbent on making up theories to support your blind loyalty to Apple. Don’t get me wrong, they’re cool products, but don’t simply ignore statistics to make a point.

    Will the 4S sell? Sure, but it doesn’t really matter. Similar to Windows v Apple from decades past, the closed loop nature of the system will ultimately demand that the product remain a niche, boutique player in an enormous market dominated by companies willing to allow the many brilliant developers in the world to do what they do best – develop, specifically for those open platforms that allow it.

    A cursory glance at the data shows Android gaining 35% market share in 18 months and Apple gaining just 2% in the same time frame. http://goo.gl/SLpPx

    I get a kick out of reading your Google-hate speech, but I genuinely don’t understand it. You’re intentionally ignoring the facts or you don’t know the facts – either case is disheartening.

    More accurately, you could say, “I love Apple, and I think Android sucks. I think Apple has finally developed a device that can take on Android.” Not, “Apple is the greatest company ever, and Google’s Android will fail. The 4S will be the end of Android.” They are similar, but different. In one, you posit opinion, the other facts.


  2. Avatar October 18th, 2011 at 4:40 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    Nicholas, why would you attempt to tell me what to say in my own Blog? And, advise me what I could say, under any circumstances?

    Has your life experience now risen inexplicably to that of reference-able pundit?

    Mine is only an opinion in which I do use facts, as leveraged in the very post that gives rise to these exploratory comments.

    That said, I don’t feel “hate” in my heart or opinion for Google. And, I’ll stand hopeful that I’ve not used that word against the Company on this Blog. Facebook, certainly. Not only do I “hate” that Company, but I could very well add “detest” to a long list of negative words that aptly describe not only my opinion, but firm conviction.

    So… I’ve taken a moment to revisit and ponder this post.

    I stand by the facts offered.

    My position remains that the Samsung device running the latest Android Operating System is [pretty] good, and the Operating System “vibrant”. I’ll add that my numbers extolling Google’s revenues off Mobile devices are accurate and aligned with the fact that roughly five-hundred thousand (500,000) Android handsets are activated [daily, weekly, monthly? – I can’t recall] on a regular basis. However, as stated in other posts, Google’s revenue for that effort pales in comparison to Apple’s revenue off much fewer units sold. That is certainly factual.

    I prefer substance over fluff, and believe that making money is part of best practices. And, being able to say that, as a shareholder, we get more “bang for our buck” is good and cool. Also, in your words, if Apple only carries a “niche” but takes that to the bank at one thousand dollars ($1,000) a share, that’s okay – and, a long-standing prediction of mine. As a matter of fact, most Apple evangelists understand that Apple products are for the discerning, and the masses, not so much. I’ve certainly made that point repeatedly, and sincerely like it that way. By the way… Any time Google’s stock is over $475 a share, I “like” that. I’ll always freely admit that Google rocks and owns online-oriented advertising. I suspect they cheat. But, that’s not proven, yet. And, I’m not going to bother with that, today. But, I use Apple products for one purpose, and now/ again Google’s stock for another. That’s just me being practical.

    In any event, I have to appreciate Google for it’s comparison to Apple (If I’ve not made that clear in the past I will work to do so more in the future). The stories, of the Companies, their founders and products, are very different by contrast – in almost every conceivable way. Many people point to Steve Jobs and Apple as great examples of innovation and heroic deeds. Not so Larry Page and the people around him that have very different DISC and HBDI profiles than Apple employees. Page recently bragged about casting-off unprofitable business units, but spent a lot of money wasted on acquisitions that made little or no sense. We’ll see about Motorola (that was really interesting). Don’t bother asking me how I know all of that. I’ll run the risk of ignorant (make sure you know the nuance associated with that word) derision and remain satisfied with my own information.

    NOTE: You know that I went out of my way to work with an Android device for almost six months (I even bought two for my daughters, and you) before I went back to the iPhone. I felt I needed to experience the technology so I could leverage an honest assessment. And, so I have. But, you have almost no experience with an iPhone, and are evangelical over Google without valid comparison.

    This post really isn’t about Google, or Android. And, it’s not about me or feelings. It was meant to be about how Sprint Nextel Corporation see’s a path to market-share and profitability by betting on Apple and the iPhone (current and next generation models.

    In closing, I probably could have kept this simple by just writing something like: “I don’t hate Google, I just really like Apple by comparison”. Had you advised me to state that, I’d have followed you.

    Keep it up Nicholas. You’re a good bloke, I’ll wager.

    …I’m also right about China.

    Peace.

    Cork


  3. Avatar October 18th, 2011 at 5:45 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    By the way… I’ve never said Android devices will “fail”. I do believe there is a vital market for those products.

    If I need to be clear, or clarify a pst discussion, I will say that Google’s Android Operating System that drives mobile devices has failed to meet Apple standards that include, but are not limited to quality.

    NOTE: I want everyone to win and have the type of great experience with products that I and Apple-users vitally enjoy.

    Ideally, as Google (Android gets cleaner), that pushes other companies, including Apple to get better as well. That’s how Steve Jobs would see it, I’m certain.

    Cork


  4. Avatar October 18th, 2011 at 5:27 pm The Unsinkable brian cork™ » Blog Archive » you can eat an Apple but be careful not to choke on Google Says:

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  5. Avatar October 24th, 2011 at 9:12 am The Unsinkable brian cork™ » Blog Archive » Apple’s Siri will definitely speak Chinese Says:

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