Android/Linux Is The New PacMan

“Android’s domination of global smartphone shipments reached a new peak in Q2 2014, with an impressive 85 percent of all smartphones now running Google’s OS. Android’s gain came at the expense of every major rival platform. BlackBerry saw its global smartphone share tumble from 2 percent to 1 percent in the past year due to a weak line-up of BB10 devices. Apple iOS lost one point of share to Android because of its limited presence at the lower end of the smartphone market. Microsoft Windows Phone continued to struggle in the United States and China, and its global smartphone marketshare fell from 4 percent in Q2 2013 to just 3 percent during Q2 2014.”

Like the ancient PacMan game, smartphones have a winner, Android/Linux, the OS of 85% of the 295million smartphones shipped in the second quarter of this year. The causes of this monopoly unlike that other OS are:

  • a strong Linux base,
  • plenty of developers skilled in Java, and
  • a great price of $0 for many years.

Google did not need exclusive dealing to create the monopoly. It’s based on quality the consumer can see and feel.

See Android Captures Record 85 Percent Share of Global Smartphone Shipments.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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7 Responses to Android/Linux Is The New PacMan

  1. DrLoser wrote, “why do you persist with Pascal”.

    Pascal is a better language, easier to read/write, and device-independent. I wish Java had not been developed for Pascal does a better job of write once/run everywhere. I can still run Pascal programmes I wrote decades ago. How many incompatible versions of Java have there been in the interim?

  2. oiaohm says:

    DrLoser pascal developers are not like C developers. Pascal developers see java and even .net as environments to run on.

    That PacMan chart looks a lot more fragmented when you check how many independent builds there are. The big part of that chart is Google Android CTS passing distributions of Android not binary Android Google ships. This is a important difference. Items like Nexus contain binary Android Google ships.

  3. DrLoser says:

    There’s a whole universe of Java easily ported/developed.

    Is there, Robert? Is there?

    If Java is such a Silver Bullet, why do you persist with Pascal? Oh, and btw, how’s the great GEBC port to Pascal going?

  4. DrLoser says:

    “Given the bizarre and untenable assumption that Android is FLOSS, that’s not serious lockin.”

    FTFY, Robert.

  5. See also Google’s terms of service:“You may use Google Play to browse, locate, and/or download Products (defined as data files, applications, written text, mobile device software, music, audio files or other sounds, photographs, videos or other images) for your mobile, computer or other supported device (“Device”).”

  6. Since Android is FLOSS, that’s not serious lockin. If someone wanted a particular app from the Play they could get it, say, by installing it on an approved device and moving it afterward. Further, the whole idea of Android is to make Java-esque applications easy to port to smart thingies, there’s a whole universe of Java easily ported/developed.

    See, for example, F-Droid

  7. kurkosdr says:

    “Google did not need exclusive dealing to create the monopoly.”

    They have that lock-in called Play Store

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