People like to have fun with how religious I am about Apple. I think I’ll ultimately be proven right that the existing hardware and software for Android is the wrong way to go, both for consumers and for the companies building the stuff.
Research firm Counterpoint’s survey of 35 markets accounting for nearly 90 percent of global sales found that sales for the eight-month-old iPhone 5s stood at 7 million in May, compared with about 5 million for Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5, which was in just its second full month of sales after a late March release.
The iPhone 5S outselling the S5, across 35 markets.
Imagine what’s going to happen when the iPhone 6 comes out.
And the later point is powerful as well:
The second, sadder story, is that Samsung is losing market share to huge competitors. Like Sony before it, once this market in commodity technology is lost, it doesn’t come back. Just ask every major television manufacturer since the rise of Vizio. Entrenched, comfortable markets like PCs and laptops have been decimated by cheaper OEMs…
In short, Samsung is good at making cheap phones with lots of variation and feature options.
Unfortunately, so is everyone else.
This means they’re about to be one of dozens of companies competing for the part of the pie that fell off Apple’s table onto the floor.
Gimmicky features, commercials in bad taste, endless variation—these are the tactics of companies that don’t have a soul. They throw anything and everything against the wall in hopes that something will stick.
That’s what Android hardware is.
Meanwhile, Apple sits in the corner making very few devices of exceptional quality that work seamlessly and beautifully with their software.
And people are starting to see the difference.
Just remember the metrics that count here. Their flagship S5 phone, with the supposedly (but not actually) better camera, larger screen, etc.—is getting trounced by Apple’s offering that’s almost a year old. On top of that, most companies are still developing their applications on either iOS first or iOS exclusive.
Samsung better figure out how to compete with the rest of the people at the bottom because they’re not going to be competing for Apple for very long.