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Analyst: Google 'just trying harder' than Apple in regards to innovation

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 18 Nov 2012 20:34 User comments (5)

Analyst: Google 'just trying harder' than Apple in regards to innovation For the third quarter, Android powered ahead in its smartphone market share dominance, says research firm Gartner.
Android accounted for 72.4 percent of all smartphones sold during the quarter, up from 52.2 percent during the same period in 2011.

Samsung led the way, selling 55 million smartphones of a total of 136 million sold. Apple saw strong growth, as well, selling 23.5 million iPhones, however overall share fell from 15 percent in 2011 to 13.9 percent for this quarter.

"The pace of innovation in Android is faster than Apple," said Gartner vice president of mobile computing Ken Dulaney. "They are just trying harder; Apple is way behind in that area. What you get with Android is this incredible feedback loop with developers, equipment makers, customers, and designers.

"At Apple, as long as they have a great vision internally it is fine but they don't have the feedback Android does."


That being said, only Samsung and Apple make any money from their smartphone sales and both remain vicious rivals.

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5 user comments

119.11.2012 11:47

Although I'll be the first to say that statistical data can be slanted to say pretty much anything in favor; there really is no denying that the Android market is steadily matching/overtaking the Apple behemoth.

Granted, I'm in agreeance [with] Gartner - if he is indeed implying that they are open to modifications, design change & the likes that I garnered from the article.

All the more reason I loath proprietary technology to its fullest. The mere thought that it has no room for improvement or enhancement. If that were the case, why would a new model need to be offered each year?

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 19 Nov 2012 @ 12:21

219.11.2012 12:01

Innovation is not just about how much tech you can shove in a box. Form factor and presentation can also be innovation, not just more cores and more screen.

319.11.2012 12:35

Originally posted by bloke2000:
Innovation is not just about how much tech you can shove in a box. Form factor and presentation can also be innovation, not just more cores and more screen.
I have a degree in Industrial Design as well & know this to be all too true, but the 'user' has to also be allowed to make it their own adjustments to the device as well. Otherwise, it is still nothing more than a borrowed (pluh) device in said users hands. Forcing them to conform to the ideas of designer, not your original concept of an organic user intuitive, personal physical characteristics (smaller/larger hands) or the actual speed of the user experience.

If form & function was so great on the iphone (if that is what your comment is inferring, not trying to argue) then why do they keep messing up their already tried & true technology going in the phones? Especially when they say we as the end user can't hold a phone correctly? If I were that designer I should be shot rather than draw a paycheck.

One size/color/shape/fits all just doesn't work. It's pretty much why we have changing rooms in the clothing section. Thus, that's why there's an Apple kiosk as well as a much bigger Android one ;)

423.11.2012 9:15

"I have a degree in Industrial Design".

From which school?

It makes a big difference where the degree is from.


523.11.2012 13:42

Originally posted by robertmro:
From which school?

It makes a big difference where the degree is from.


Not exactly sure what tone I'm to take your comment... I didn't exactly get my degree from the most prestigious of the New York's offerings if that's what you mean. To infer so would be pompous & elitist to such an extreme you could never wipe away the shame.

An education is never wasted, if you knew that you wouldn't have asked. In saying that, I didn't exactly get my degree in Guam either. So foregoing your attempt to say I am without merit given that I am reluctant to state my school; lets just say I'm not applying for a job to 'you' & I'm not in the mood for a pissing contest.

Facts are, I am more than educated in the subtle nuances of design & marketing and your comments are not helping in furthering the discussion.

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