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Is Android good or merely available? Kind of like a cheap Hooker

August3

to be fair, the title for this post could be deceiving. thusly, you are encouraged to read-on. do it!

Nicholas and I continue our discourse over the dominance of Android (or, not). Airdroid is (or, is becoming[?]) very cool.

As posted in Linkedin…

Brian Patrick Cork - I’m using an #Android handset for testing purposes. Evidently #Apple punishes people for such indiscretions by holding text messages hostage. It has something to do with prior usage of #iMessage. Stand by for updates. But, in a-typical fashion, I am very unhappy with Apple right now. #badideas”

lg g3I recently took notice of the LG G3: http://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/g3,and thusly picked one up for vital utilization. It’s brilliant. For the moment I’m not missing my trusted iPhone, in the least.

Nicholas recently reminded me of our lengthy and animated debates over this topic only a few years back. He remains very passionate and quite the champion for Android. I believe his opinions are well-founded.

“Do you remember the conversations from the old days about whether or not Android could ever overtake iOS in popularity? http://thenextweb.com/google/2014/07/31/android-reached-record-85-smartphone-market-share-q2-2014-report/ - NJ”

Below is a recent dissertation I offered-up:

Going back I have always believed that Android was inevitable (goodness… I blogged about it enough).

That said, I’m firm in my convictions that we should swap the word, “popular” for “affordable” and/ or “available”. Thats been part of the epic Google strategy for Android – make sure a version was available for everyone. That makes sense to me. You can get a Metro PCS Android handset, for example. There are many points of distribution, just like whores. The devices may not be state-of-the-art, and the version of Android may be limited, but its a terrific way to ensure your Operating System proliferates and dominates.

Meanwhile, the article does have some inaccuracies. For example, Apple is not “losing” market-share, in this case. Its simply not getting market share in some regions (or, choosing to ignore it). Apple is selling more iPhones than ever, with record profits. BUT (big but), that’s not the point of the article. The author would actually do Android more justice by not offering such misleading and contrasting information about other companies. The best point of the article (although not elegantly described) is that Android is dominate (by users not necessarily quality) through a saturation distribution model.

NOTE: I need to investigate why LINUX did not benefit from this same thinking. It would be interesting to see what the numbers looked like if Apple had an entry-level iPhone (even the 4S is expensive compared to most Android devices). But, the stigma amongst Apple users for the older devices or perceived lower-end (i.e. 5C) indicates its a simple matter of status. Some high-end Android devices like the Galaxy S5 and LG G3 are more expensive than an iPhone today. So, I am also curious about what the acquisition numbers for those compared directly to the iPhone are. If you ask most teenagers (in the US and Great Britain, for example), they want an iPhone. For further example, at Cambridge and Milton High Schools in Alpharetta, 96% of the kids have smartphones, and 94% of those are iPhones (this is based on an actual poll through Instagram, Twitter and parking lot). On the other hand, about 60% of the engineers at DSI (Bob Twitchell) use Android Devices (I THINK they prefer the Nexus line).

Here is a poll question I’d like to see: If you have an Android device but could have an late model iPhone with the same data plan, would you switch?

Random thought: I need to investigate what is happening with used handsets and the residual value comparisons between the high-end Android devices and iPhones.

I’m not challenging. I am genuinely keen for the facts. I don’t have a bias or preference any longer. I do have a healthy fascination with it all.

A few days later…

…Also…

I share your position that Android now possesses an overwhelming share of the mobile market – this includes smartphones and tablets (tablets often being overlooked).

However, what many people don’t understand when touting these numbers is that Android devices are not used that much for internet web browsing and related activity. This is meaningful, and critical to understanding how the trend will shift and evolve. I’m confident more mobile Web users ran iOS (45.6%) than Android (43.7%). The actual margin appears small, but its significant considering the number of Android devices. This probably means many low-end Android phones are used more like traditional feature phones – for simple phone calls.

So, the majority of Android users today are fairly unsophisticated. This tracks to the belief that Android appeals to the masses, mostly because of cost and the availability of cheap starter handsets. But, I believe this will change as the software continues to improve, and the cost of the handsets increases. Ironically, snob appeal will kick-in (that is part of the iPhones appeal, along with ease-of-use). More decision-makers and corporate-users will adopt the Android platform.

For me an interesting question is who is going to ultimately dominate the tablet market in terms of both numbers and productivity. That has me looking at Microsoft, again.

NOTE: I’ve been working with a group of super-wealthy and influential Spanish businessmen. Today, they swear by Blackberry. Go figure. It only bares observing for now.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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it’s okay for Apple to make great products and Profits

October20

thanks for reading my blog post today.

to keep things interesting I’m sharing a recent exchange I’ve had with an “Google evangelist” that tends to resent Apple.

Nicholas sometimes comes across like he viewed Steve Jobs as “the man” in a seemingly counter-cultural sort of way. if Nicholas actually understood Jobs and his views around innovation and choice that creates, for us all, you’ll appreciate this irony-drenched exchange all the more.

under any circumstances it certainly makes for good sport.

NOTE: I think Nicholas is a good bloke.

read the entire exchange beginning with Nicholas’s email to me (at the bottom), first. do it!

“Hey Nicholas.

The iPhone 4S is, in fact a very much upgraded device from the iPhone 4. The processing chip, camera, and general interface driven by the iOS5 track to the Apple Product Road Map (i.e. iPhone, iPhone 3, iPhone 3S, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S – and, before too long, the iPhone 5) that most outsiders have a difficult time grasping. Its not really a debatable matter. anyone can make it subjective. but, why bother? And, there is a reason why more iPhone 4S’s were sold in record time (for Apple) than the prior versions of the device.

Google’s Android driven voice service is well established. Its just not as robust, today, or in terms of it’s potential as [Apple's] Siri. Google had an opportunity to acquire the [Siri] software but missed it. The Android effort is admirable. But, it’s not on-par with Google’s own search capability. The great thing about Siri (certainly it’s awesome potential), for example, is that is, in fact, comparable to Google’s search prowess in scope and scale. Google may have been first with the voice service, but Apple out-paced and has surpassed with it’s Siri. Until you actually use it you can’t comprehend what a game-changer it is.

I appreciate your reading my prior posts. But, I believe you were doing so using a lens looking for something that I was not doing. My own objectives have been very consistent. I use Google as a comparison to Apple using wealth-building and industry innovation as particular credibility markers. You generally are not a stock buyer (yet), or have access to multiple technology platforms. So, your perspective is limited. I don’t see an “end of an era” for Apple. If you understand what is happening in China, for example, you must needs comprehend that the bigger market, or “unreached”, remains untapped. And, Sprint’s recent commitment to purchase over thirty million (30m) iPhones is only a sliver of what Apple is forecasting in terms of growing their market, as opposed to everyone else’s mere perspective of a market. There is nuance at work here, Nicholas, that you might consider being open-minded to.

Referring to me as an “Apple fanboy” is not playful or in-line with teasing. It’s disrespectful. I am an Apple shareholder, and I firmly believe in the companies operating philosophy and the worthiness of it’s products, which happen to reflect positively in it’s growing value by share price.

I don’t use “hate speech”. I relay facts, and information a I see it. I offer insight and perspective most people don’t have, or have access to. This unique ability is why blogging, for example, is interesting to, and for, me.

You can say things like Apples mobile device “…market growth is anemic”. But, you can’t say that for it’s share price, nor it’s profound innovation. And, for discerning people that make more world-changing decisions, that remains a vital baring-point. And, the bottom-line remains that Apple has never tried to serve “everyone” like Google might desire. Apple only wants to serve a very sophisticated market. That has long been part of it’s appeal and why the wealthy and influential choose Apple products over what everyone else can afford. If, as you state, Apple products are “stale, even passe”, why is there such an insatiable demand for them globally and outside of the markets (again Sprint and China as a small example) that your information tables are cherry-picked around. Oh… I do my research. But, I have to question whether you actually understand the information you have. The sophomore only see’s what he is looking for, eh. I’ve tried to teach you to look beyond what you read on the internet. But, only you can decide if you choose to follow that guidance, or not.

Yes… Your Nexus One had “Siri-like” capabilities. But, a dumb phone can make calls just like a Nexus One, right? Being “Siri-like” is not the same as being on-par with Siri, eh.

You say Apple will “…have to figure out some way of making their smartphone device sexy again”. But, I question your qualifications as a marketing thought leader.

I think it’s great that you would choose to use a Mac to run Windows. It’s no surprise that an Apple product makes a poor Operating System like Windows that was forged in piracy, run better. I both love and value irony.

You say: 

“It always will, and as we both know, it is hard to compete with 125+ bad ass devices, when you only have 5 of your own to offer.”

I love that! It puts all of my thinking and efforts around blogging about apple and Google right into context and perspective. Under your logic it takes 125+ Google(y) products to compete with five of Apple’s. And yet, even with all that effort, Google, as large a company as it is as defined by head-count, capital expenditure, etc., can’t match Apple’s value by share or brand (I know you read the news and stories about Apple now being the most valuable brand on the planet). I think that says a lot about market-share, or what might be vitally important under best-practices, Nicholas. There is nothing “silly” about any of that.

brian patrick cork

- sent from my iPhone 4.8″

this began (well… this most recent exchange, any way) with:

On Oct 5, 2011, at 4:48 PM, nicholas taylor johnson wrote:

Hey Brian – Hope all is well.

I was emailed your blog post today by a former friend of ours, and I must say, I couldn’t help but chuckle and reminisce about the old days debating Apple v Google.  Did you forget to do your research again??  That next to the last paragraph – “almost entirely new and very much upgraded”?!?!?!?  No reputable hardware review, other than Apple’s own review of their hardware, would classify this as “almost entirely new and very much upgraded”!  That’s silly!  (SIRI – similar service on Android for over a year [and the AppStore for over year, as well], 8MP – multiple Android devices have had this for a while, dual core processor – several Android devices have this, as well).  Oh, okay, I see the “upgraded” point – you mean over the iPhone 4, which is 12 months behind Android devices in terms of functionality, whereas the 4S is only about 6 months behind Android.  Got it!  lol

And, I see you’ve resorted to name calling us Android-toters as “losers”.  I remember the days when you used logic instead of rhetoric!!

I’m only teasing, but it is funny to see how your posts regarding Apple v Google have changed over time.  I went back and read some of the old ones, and your tone is totally different.  Like a lot of Apple fanboys, I’m sure you’re seeing the end of an era on the horizon, so I don’t blame you for pulling out the hate speech.  With such anemic (nearly non-existent, really) market share growth in a year and half, you have to wonder how soon it will be before Android starts taking bigger and bigger bites out of Apple’s market share, as they’ve done to RIM, Microsoft, Palm and Symbian.  Here are a couple tables that show what I mean – from March 2010: http://goo.gl/fVbT and from October 2011: http://goo.gl/SLpPx.  A 36% increase for Android and a 2% increase for Apple.  The numbers don’t lie.  Apple is stale, passe even.  And, why not?, when you consistently release smartphone technology that Androids have already had for six months or more, eventually the sheeple will revolt.  Hell, my Nexus ONE had Siri-like capabilities.

That said, I continue to love my iMac and my MacBook (despite the fact that all I do is run Windows inside of my Mac, it does look pretty), but in order for their smartphone to stay near the top, they’ll have to figure out some way of making their smartphone device sexy again.  In the end, though, freedom of choice wins.  It always will, and as we both know, it is hard to compete with 125+ bad ass devices, when you only have 5 of your own to offer.  Oh, sorry for using the number 5 there, I know that is a touchy subject with the Apple evangelists – that number probably evokes thoughts of disappointment.

And, DON’T come back saying, “well, look at Apple stock, they’re obviously doing something right”, or some such nonsense.  lol  My beef isn’t with their other devices – I love their computers and tablets.  I’m only talking about smartphones here.  They’re fading, and fast.

Cheers,

nicholas taylor johnson

gPhone – ###.###.###

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you can eat an Apple but be careful not to choke on Google

October18
ha! coming up with the titles of my Blog posts is almost as much fun as writing the piece, itself.so…I got called-out over my most recent post comparing Apple and Google: Apples are good for you Androids not so much. or, just push your browser down half a foot and read it that way. do it!

you can read, with rapt attention, about all of this in the comments. but, I just felt like relaying it in a separate Blog because my antagonist, whom I hold in a great deal of genuine affection, set a great stage for me.

… a lovely pudding, actually.

mine is only an opinion in which I do use facts, as leveraged in the very post that gives rise to [those] 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 Nexus Prime device running the latest Android Operating System is [pretty] good, and the Operating System “vibrant” (but, an OS that integrates mobile devices is not innovative, only slick – and, already accomplished by the Apple iOS). 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 a word of my friend, if Apple only carries a “niche” (for a market), 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. I’m less so snobby than I am grimly satisfied for being proved right every single day by Apples Halo Effect.

by the way… Any time Google’s stock is over $475 a share, I “like” that.

what!?

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. but, 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 (not just me, certainly) 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 [collectively] know the nuance associated with that word) derision, and remain satisfied with my own information.

NOTE: my friend knows 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 covered much of that with fairly glowing reports, didn’t I? I felt I needed to experience the technology so I could leverage an honest assessment. and, so I have. but, my buddy has almost no experience with an iPhone, and yet remains evangelical over Google without valid comparison.

that post really wasn’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.

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), pushes other companies through competition, including Apple to get better as well. That’s how Steve Jobs would see it, I’m certain.

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 I been advised to state that, I’d probably have followed along.

…I’m also right about China.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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androids can't dance

September17

Nicholas Johnson was keen enough to share an Android Users Guide with me.

It’s pretty cool and lays-out how to access and use many features associated with the Android Operating system.

While I was investigating the section relevant to “calendars”, I was struck by the thought that I don’t like their look and feel. And, now I realize that I am of the opinion that Android is not “elegant”. You have to take more steps to make it work – as opposed to it working the way you might expect an extremely well designed piece of software to function. Also, many of the apps and features have an “etch-a-sketch” and “washed-out-Google(y)” appearance. It’s reminiscent of Windblows (although that was more “grainy”) prior to Windows 7 (all of which was stolen from Steve Jobs any way). Now I need to look deeper, and might even hesitate to use the word: “prior” until I can verify. I will say, under any circumstances, that I like what Android does with Map-oriented apps. It’s at least as good as anything found on an Apple device. The “Directions” feature is particularly easy to use and relevant.

So.. Now I have to decide whether I’m enjoying my Sprint driven EVO 4G more because it’s just something different than my iPhone 4, or the Blackberry 8900. Maybe I’m just relieved to be off of the over-populated AT&T network. Perhaps I simply like the craftsmanship of the HTC handset itself.

I still think Blackberry users are simply insecure (read more about that, and, here). We, the collective “we”, that comprise Prudent and Optimistic Gentlemen, might suspect the iPhone and related Apple products are simply superior and facilitate domination in many facets of life.

What makes my opinion worthy of consideration, other than my perspective is simply reasonable? I’ve owned and operated all the handsets discussed in this Blog. Most of the readers of this Blog likely have not.

More later.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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