Just ask Samsung. No Android device maker sells more devices or makes more money than Samsung, which reigns as pretty much the only company in the smartphone business that makes money. Other than Apple. In the past few months Samsung has managed to introduce was may have been the best Android device ever manufactured in the Galaxy Note 7. Oh, and stop manufacturing the same device after a few dozen managed to catch fire at the most inopportune times.
“Liar! Liar! Pants on fire!” has an entirely different meaning if you owned a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. So, just as contrary to popular belief that Apple is doomed because marketshare is so low vs. Android, Samsung’s Galaxy Note woes will have no measurable impact on the Android market.
Other than Samsung losing a growing number of customers to Apple’s iPhone line. The reality is this: despite Apple’s seemingly diminished position against Android OS in the marketplace, the smartphone platform war is over. Says who? Check this out from Statista:
Way back when, all the way to 2009, Nokia’s Symbian, BlackBerry, and Windows dominated the smartphone landscape. By the very next year Android OS topped the iPhone, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. Today, 2016, Android runs on about 85-percent of all smartphone devices, with Apple’s iPhone making up most of the rest.
Windows, BlackBerry, Symbian, and the increasingly less important ‘other’ category are nowhere to be found.
Samsung’s woes with the Galaxy Note fires will hurt Samsung, but won’t likely help anyone else to any degree for a couple of reasons. 1) nobody else that makes Android-equipped devices makes any money, 2) smarter Galaxy Note customers will move to the security of iPhones.
Samsung may burn this year– literally and figuratively– but Apple is doing just fine, thank you. The iOS App Store has more than 2-million apps vs. Google’s Play Store at about 10-percent more, but Apple’s App Store brings in nearly twice as much revenue for developers.
Despite the hefty price tags on Samsung’s Galaxy line and Google’s Pixel– which match the iPhone 7– the average selling price of an iPhone has increased since 2008 while the average selling price of an Android device has almost dropped in half.
Android as a smartphone device operating system is killing it in the marketplace, but most of the manufacturers appear to be walking dead; zombies that struggle to survive and never prosper, and thanks to Samsung’s recent Galaxy fire sale, it’s possible Apple will have 100-percent of all the smartphone industry’s profits this quarter and next.