- Android, video games dominate mobile confab
- Ixonos shows off windowed UI for Android
- Switched On: Nokia’s Windows of opportunity
- Android Social Networking Site: Iamandroid.co launches
- Motorola Xoom set for preorders at Best Buy
- Google’s Native Client: Getting Ready for Takeoff
- Motorola Xoom Best Buy pre-orders open for February 24 release, no Wi-Fi only model
- iToons: iConfess, iRepent
- Will Google Oppose DRM On HTML5 Video?
- Apple Buys Up Touchscreens, Limiting Supply for Rivals
- Motorola Xoom up for in-store pre-order at Best Buy, $800 for Thursday availability
- Google’s Native Client almost ‘ready for takeoff,’ ready to make ActiveX look visionary
- Kinect hackers give us iOS-friendly dodgeball and Human Tetris
Archive for February 2011
- Amazon Appstore for Android will let you buy apps without a device
- Motorola Atrix Rooted Before You Can Buy It
- Visopsys 0.7 Released
- * Hobby OS-deving 3: Designing a Kernel *
- Looks Do Matter – Network World
- Can Android Without Dalvik Avoid Oracle's Wrath?
- Samsung Galaxy S 4G will actually cost $200, unfortunately
- Android Market Poised For All Out iTunes War
- New high-speed connection tech due from Apple
- Nokia CEO: cheap Windows Phones can come ‘very quickly’
- Smaller iPad 3 (bigger iPod Touch?) to get Retina display, says analyst
- MobileTechRoundup show #232; MWC, Xoom, and Galaxy Tab customization
- London Stock Exchange Price Errors 'Emerged At Linux Launch'
- Intel CEO To Nokia: I Would Have Gone Android
- Nokia CTO Rick Green About the Future of Symbian, MeeGo and QT
- Android Community Mounts Up For Pong For Hope
- New Android API eliminates Bluetooth pairing using NFC
- Intel CEO Paul Otellini flip-flops, says he ‘would’ve gone Android’ if he were Elop
- Motorola Atrix 4G already rooted, and it’s not even out yet
- Tiny Android phones and more at T-Mobile (photos)
- RadioShack to price Motorola Atrix 4G at $150, no mail-in rebate required
- Nano a no-go; Times says no tiny iPhone
- CE-Oh no he didn’t!: INQ chief says Android is too geeky for ‘pretty girls’
- HTC Incredible S auto-rotating buttons explained? (video)
- Update: Google legal move could alter course of Oracle trial
- Nokia trying to smooth things over with developers; offering free E7 and Windows Phone device
- Apple remained king of app stores in 2010; Nokia’s Ovi Store revenue ironically up 719%
- Intel CEO: Nokia Should Have Gone With Android
- Are Tablets Just Too Expensive?
- Last.Fm Founder Criticizes Apple Over Music Subscription Fees
- Nokia N8 torture tests give Windows Phone fans a taste of what’s to come
- Myriad Alien Dalvik hands-on (video)
- Media group concerned about Apple subscription service (podcast)
- Novell investors approve takeover by Attachmate
- Android Power Round: Ice Cream, tablet dreams, and superfast phones
- Apple, Google face off on subscription sales (week in review)
- Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play shines in white
- BlackBerry App World beats Android and Nokia; Is the Apple App Store unstoppable?
- Apple’s chess moves: Market dominance isn’t necessarily the ultimate goal
- Apple’s ‘iPay’ – will Apple move beyond the AppStore?
- Android at MWC tackles business, tablet sectors
- Why You Need to Have a Linux LiveCD
- Game platforms take over Android OS: GetJar, Zynga and beyond
- Kaspersky tips Android to dominate mobile
- RIM shows off TAT-developed BlackBerry PlayBook apps
- Novell shareholders approve sale to Attachmate
- Exclusive Internal Email Confirms Froyo To Samsung Epic 4G Feb 21, 2011
- Review: Motorola Atrix a powerful smart phone
- AT&T to sell Motorola Atrix 4G smart phone Feb. 22
- Leaked Figures Hint at Slow Verizon iPhone Sales
- Google reacts to Apple’s in-app subscriptions with One Pass service
- Samsung’s Galaxy S II to have a Tegra 2 version?
- Google Android vs. Apple iOS: Feature War Heats Up
- Steve Jobs Health Worries Escalate
- The London Stock Exchange moves to Novell Linux
- Apple’s subscription policy convinced me to sell my iPad
- Samsung Epic 4G and Sanyo Zio to get Froyo updates on February 21st
- ZTE V9 and V11 Android-Based Tablets
- Motorola Droid X2 images, specs leaked; Tegra 2 CPU, 8MP camera
- No Windows Phone 7 for Nokia … no, really …
News relating to the Apple App Store has been rather interesting lately. Recently Apple came up with a whole new scheme to pilfer money they haven’t earned from other companies by attempting to charge a 30% fee for any transactions that actually take place through an app. Never mind how stupid this is that if a transaction takes place through a web interface (even on the iPhone or iPad), it’s free, but if it takes place in an App, the company owes Apple 30% of that transaction. Of course, the penalty for not giving Apple their pound of flesh is to be kicked out of the App Store Club.
My question? Is that really so bad?
The reason why the timing on this is so interesting is recent news about the Android Market.
A recent report by Lookout shows us that the Android Market is growing at three times the rate of Apple’s App Store. Three times the rate! That means that if the current rate of growth continues, the Android Market will have erased the current App Advantage that Apple claims for the iOS sometime next year.
Another interesting development is Google’s recent announcement of Google One Pass. Google One Pass is basically the equivalent of Apple’s recently announced subscription service. Big difference is that while Apple will take 30% for the privilege of being Apple, Google will only take 10%.
The final nail in the Apple here is the recent announcement that Android has surpassed the iPhone in market share. There are now more Android devices out there than iOS devices.
What we have here is, on the one hand, a company that has less market share, takes a higher percentage who is also about to be passed in number of Apps in the App store. On the other hand, we have a company that has more market share, takes a lower percentage, and is quickly going to have more apps. That doesn’t even take into consideration the fact that if you want to be on the iOS, you have to play by Apple’s rules, but if you want to be on the Android, you can be. No limitations.
To me, the choice seems to be pretty straight forward. I think it will be to pretty much everybody else too.
- Verizon iPhone sales rumored to be underwhelming
- Dual-core Smartphone Runs Android and Ubuntu
- Freedom Box Foundation Wants Plug Servers For All
- Google Announces One Pass Payment System
- Nokia Plan B Was Just a Hoax All Along
- Motorola Xoom Pricing: $600 for Wi-Fi, $800 for 3G
- Google unveils payment platform for online content
- Alcatel Reveals One Touch 990 Android Flagship Device for 5 Lines And Over 25 Handsets
- Viewsonic View Pad 4 Boasts Android 2.4
- California Based Any Data Shows Off Feature Packed Gingerbread Tablet That Could Be Headed To Sprint! #MWC11
- Motorola Xoom Pricing Rumor Days Are Over
- I love Android, but I hope as hell there won’t be just one – Motorola’s Sanjay Jha
- Google starts One Pass digital subscription service
- Motorola Can’t ‘Envision’ Using Windows Phone 7
- Google Counters Apple Subscriptions with More Flexible One Pass
- Verizon and Motorola execs give thumbs-down to Windows Phone 7
- The future of Android, visualized
- On subscriptions, the App Store is Apple’s Achilles’ heel
- A Kernel By Any Other Name
- HP Will Put Palm Print on Windows PCs – All Things Digital
- Apple’s subscription plan: Time for an app work stoppage
- Nokia’s Microsoft deal leads to shareholder revolt, call for a “Plan B”
- HP: WebOS will enhance Windows on PCs of the future
- Apple launches subscriptions to App Store: Boon for traditional media?
- 5-inches: The new smartphone battleground
- Nokia's Microsoft deal leads to shareholder revolt, call for a "Plan B"
- MeeGo After Nokia: ‘I Will Survive’ or ‘Where Did Our Love Go’? – LinuxInsider.com
- HTC Announces 2 Facebook Phones The Cha Cha & The Salsa
- HTC Flyer Officially Announced at #MWC11
- Move Over Solar Charger, Intivation & Umeox Introduce Solar Powered Android Phone
- Redbox launches Android app, updates iPhone app
- Nokia Shareholders Have a Microsoft-Free Plan B
- When Things Get Even Worse than You Thought
- Splashtop OS Beta 0.9.8.1 Now Based on MeeGo
- openSUSE to Celebrate 11.4 with Virtual Dance Party
- HTC: Running out of tricks?
- Nokia’s “Plan B” proposal is a recipe for disaster
- Apple 2012: Making security sexy
- Apple To Keep 30% of Magazine Subscription Revenue
- Postal III, Source Engine Still Coming To Linux
- London Stock Exchange traffic now managed by SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
- Samsung Galaxy S II vs. the original Galaxy S
- Mini-iPhone reports persist
- The Week in Tweets: Google Pwns Nokia & More
- Motorola Xoom Best Buy pre-order priced at $1,199
- LG Optimus 3D and Optimus Pad details revealed, announcement coming at Mobile World Congress
- Samsung’s Dual-core Galaxy S II Has Better, Bigger Screen
- Samsung beats Apple to second tablet computer
- Samsung Adds 10.1-inch Android Honeycomb Tablet
- Nokia CEO: Co. to get billions from Microsoft
- Sony takes gaming console war to phones
- WSJ: New smaller iPhone real, MobileMe may become free, iTunes music streaming coming soon
- Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 looks like a new Android PMP
- Verizon to sell Sony Ericsson’s PlayStation phone
- Apple developing smaller, cheaper iPhones: report
- News on first Nokia Windows Phone within days
- More Clues Point to iPhone Nano Debut [REPORT]
- Adobe says Flash 10.2 coming to handsets soon, offers roundabout confirmation of Honeycomb for smartphones
- Google’s Androidify app lets you create your very own bot avatar (video)
- Sony Unveils PlayStation-Friendly ‘Xperia Play’ at Mobile World Congress
- Nokia and Microsoft: Economics, risks of a 2-year transition to Windows Phone 7
- Biggest loser in Microsoft/Nokia deal is Intel
- Microsoft to allow Nokia to customize Windows Phone OS
- Some thoughts on the Microsoft and Nokia tag team on mobile or bust news
- First legal shots fired at Google’s VP8 codec
- Translation please: Nokia and Microsoft join forces against Google and Apple for mobile dominance
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 rumored to be 10-inch, misses the mark
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hands-on
- Handling the Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro
- Verizon iPhone 5 release date causes “poor” Apple sales?
- Samsung working with Sybase and Cisco to make Galaxy S II enterprise-friendly
- Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II
- Official: Sony Xperia Play Coming To Verizon
- Mobily Brings Sonograms To Mobile Phones
- Nokia jumps from one burning platform to another with Windows Phone 7
- What Nokia’s Windows move means for Open Source
- Good insights from The Open Group Cloud Conference — and its unconference brethren
- Nokia CEO states he is not a Trojan horse, conspiracy theories killed
- Is Froyo better than Honeycomb on tablets?
- Samsung Galaxy S II hands-on
- Why IP Laws Are Blocking Innovation
- After MS-Nokia Pact, Many Nokia Workers Walk Out In Protest
- Microsoft To Work With Windows Phone 7 Jailbreakers
- Tech-Unfriendly Cafes Say No Kindles Allowed
- BlackBerry Devices May Run Android Apps
- RIP: Symbian
- Nokia’s Elop responds to Google’s ‘Two turkeys’ tweet
- Nokia Q&A reveals more MeeGo details and tablet plans — says Android 'risk of commodification was very high'
- IcedRobot Android fork to sidestep legal battle between Oracle, Google
- Nokia tells investors that 2011 and 2012 will be ‘transition years’
- Microsoft and Nokia announce my dream partnership so why aren’t you all happy?
- New rumor hints RIM tablet to run Android apps
- Report: Jobs still very involved during medical leave
- Tap That App takes on Android security
- Report: Apple making cheaper iPhone to fight Google
- Nokia’s marginalization of MeeGo came as a surprise to Intel
- HTC Thunderbolt exclusively hits Best Buy for $250 at launch, rooted prototype provides hope for easy unlock
- Nokia embraces Windows Phone 7
- Why I want a Nokia Windows phone
- Sony considering pulling out of iTunes altogether?