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Android users - where are those people?

"Android now claims over 1 billion active users, and is quickly closing in on Windows as the most-often-used technology platform on earth. It controls over 80 percent of the smart phone market and over 62 percent of the tablet market and is still gaining share in each every year."

62% of the market should mean you could actually see someone using an Android tablet. But where? In my un-scientific survey this week I had the ratio of 26:1 for iOS based tablets. How did I do my survey? I walked through town, coffee shops, malls etc. 

I have to admit that in the smartphone market the ratio was 22:4 - so someone is using Android based phones. The other 22 where iPhones.

I just don't believe that Google's numbers have anything to do with reality.


Don't post on social media...


"I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technology"

(Douglas Adams) - and even though Adams died in 2001 these rules will hold true for a long, long time.

1. Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.

2. Anything that's invented between when you're 15 and 35 is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.

3. Anything invented after you're 35 is against the natural order of things.


Microsoft - stupid, stupid, stupid

Microsoft announced that they wil decouple Kinect from the XBOX One and lower the price by 100$ to compete more even with the PS4 which seems to be the early winner of this console cycle.

Microsoft will also remove the necessity for having a Gold Subscription for accessing (most) entertainment content on their consoles.

Both of these things are wrong and outright stupid for different reasons.

First they are abandoning their vision of an all-in-one console that comes with current technologoy (Motion Sensors, Voice Control etc.), they are screwing their developers ("Developers, Developers, Developers!") and they are annoying me because I bought into their vision and now will get a lot less services and games that support their state of the art technology. 

That said, their XBOX Gold Subscription change was overdue and is only stupid because it is much too late! Why in the world would I have to pay 60$ a year to use Netflix which in itself doesn't cost much more? Who did ever think that was a good idea in any way? Same for Skype on the XBOX - what in the world was Microsoft thinking? 

If Microsoft decided to compete on price because they are 2 million behind in sales compared to the PS4 they should have done so by lowering the price and eat the cost. How many billions do they have in the bank? Who cares? If you want the market share that badly just buy it. 

All I can say to this is that my confidence in their strategy and vision is shattered and this decision can be only called what it is: Stupid!


Androids biggest problem

I have been travelling quite a bit lately and whereever I go I check what kind of phones people are using. I expect tons of Android out there - but it is not what I see in real life. I would guess that more than 70% of people I see at airports, hotels, conventions and anything else related to business travel use iPhone or iPads (matter of fact - when it comes to tablets I still have to see an Android tablet being used in a business environment).

One of the issues Android is having is clearly fragmentation (see below) - where Apple is able to move all of their users to the latest version, Android Kit-Kat is still running on only a small amount of devices. What does this mean for the huge installed base of Android devices? If I add my above observation it could only be that Android users are not interested in updating because they are actually not using their smartphones.

That is a big problem!


Apple's earnings call shows iPad sales slipping

However, this is not necessarily unexpected as the category matures and growth rates of previous years are more or less unfeasable in a mature market.

16.9 Million Units in a quarter is still a nice figure though, hard to beat a gangbuster christmas quarter, and slightly higher than Q2/Q3 of last year.