Here at AndroidPIT, you pretty quickly learn what sources of news are reliable, which ones sometimes are, and which ones are sputtering complete BS. I guess that's part of the game if you're involved with any kind of blogging or journalism. I have always (and still do) viewed Business Insider and Forbes as very reliable news sources, and would never hesitate using them as a source of information that I can trust in. While I still believe they will always be reliable when it comes to news, I, Eric McBride, who has never claimed to be a journalist, but instead a simple Android blogger, am now FORCED to rip apart 2 journalists working for these companies who recently wrote an article full of so much BS that I couldn't take it anymore.
Not only am I going to pull both of them apart, I am going to breakdown every point of their articles entitled (and conveying that) "The End of Android Approaches“, and back them up with hard facts to truly emphasize the fact that neither of them know WTF they are talking about. Eric Vs Business Insider and Forbes: Round 1
The Contenders: (and yes, I'm naming names):
Jay Yarow from Business Insider
Eric Savitz from Forbes
The BS they wrote:
What they reported:
Android is being dominated in the US, and sales numbers outside the US aren't relevant. People prefer the iPhone, not Android, meaning that "The End of Android Approaches“.
I don't even know where to get started here. Let's start with your opening lines. You both state (and believe) that Apple's US smartphone market is currently at 59%, leaving Android at 41%. While that might be true among vendors, it's in no way true in regards to overall share or a massive decline in Android among consumers. What's funny is that you both say 59% of sales "at the top 3 carriers“, meaning you don't take into account at all the many people buying low, mid, and high end Android phones OFF contract. You're making it look like Apple is winning US marketshare, when in reality, they aren't. Comscore, a VERY reliable market research company (THE market research company) reported weeks ago that overall Android US market share was at 50.1%, and Apples at 30.2%. The report can be viewed here. So while the marketshare from the 3 biggest carriers may be relevant to both of you, the fact of the matter is that in the US, Android went from 46.9% marketshare to 50.1% in a matter of 4 months. If you don't believe those numbers, tell Mashable, the site that reported these numbers earlier this month, that they are wrong. "The End of Android Approaches“? I'm not seeing it, and neither is one of the most respected market research companies in the world or one of the best tech resources on the internet.
International Presence Matters
I'm not done. Mr Jay Yarow from Business Insider goes on to say "While Android fans will be quick to point out that smartphone sales happen outside the U.S., it's hard to see this as anything but a huge red flag for Android“. WOW. Really jay? I have to be honest with you here, and please don't take it the wrong way, but: That's quite possibly one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. Let's just see how much international sales don't matter shall we?
This time I'll quote Gartner, another highly respected research firm. Again, literally less than 2 months ago they reported that Android global marketshare is now at 50.9%, which was led by Samsung phones. Let that sink in for a second Jay....50.9 percent, which translates to more than HALF of all smartphones are Android devices. Global market share went from 30.5% to 50.9% in a matter of one year, which is STAGGERING growth. "The End of Android Approaches“?. Still not seeing it guys.
Androids Biggest Weapon Coming Next Week
Let's wrap it up now..oh wait, let's not, cause I'm still not done ripping your articles apart. Basically, you have both reported that in the US Android is getting dominated, which is wrong, that global sales don't matter, which is not only wrong but seriously ignorant, and that Android sales will continue on a downward scale. If you both really believe sales are about to fall, I have some seriously bad news for you: The Samsung Galaxy S3.
If Mr Yarow and Mr Savitz are as professional as they claim to be, they will know that the Galaxy S2 sold well over 20 million devices. It's even reported that right now, there are currently 850,000 Android activations per day. That's damn near a million fellas. Do you think that with all the hype, excitement, rumors, and buzz surrounding the S3 is for nothing? Do you honestly think when the Galaxy S3 launches next week that it won't have the potential to move even more units than it's little brother? The S2 never had this hype. The only phone EVER that had this hype is the iPhone. The iPhone being released a few weeks later is the ONLY thing that can steal some of the S3's fire. But believe you me, it won't steal all of it. Just ask Apple if the S2 hurt their sales. "The End of Android Approaches“? Still....not....seeing....it.
"Android Isn't a Preferred OS": The Myth
And now for the last point, which again came from Mr Jay Yarow:
"The fundamental problem for Google is that people prefer the iPhone to Android. No matter how you try to slice it, when you give a consumer the choice between an iOS device and an Android device, they are picking the iOS device“.
Well Jay, if that were the case, than please explain to me why Android has majority worldwide market share. Yes, people LOVE iPhones, and yes, they will ALWAYS sell well. But as far as always choosing IOS over Android, I'm afraid that I must inform you that, again, you couldn't be further from the truth. There are high end Android phones out there that cost more on contract or without than the iPhone does, yet somehow, people still buy them. Prediction: You probably use Instagram don't you Jay? :-D
I do believe that Android and IOS growth will eventually level out, but that time certainly isn't now. Windows will take market share from both companies starting next year, but it won't be significant enough (for phones anyway) to seriously scare Android or Apple. I find it really appalling that you're attempting to convey that Android is dying. It's not. If it was, I would be one of the first to admit it and write about it. I have never failed to mention how I think Microsoft will dominate with Windows Tablets, or how the iPhone set the standard for smartphones and remains the worlds most popular smartphone, so you can spare the accusation that I'm simply another fanboy. I simply find it appalling (love that word) that you try to make Android seem like a choice that nobody is interested in. You're wrong again, and I just proved that with hard numbers.
Please don't think I'm attacking Business Insider or Forbes directly, as I'm not. What I am attacking is your (Mr Yarow and Mr Savitz) extremely warped and furthermore completely inaccurate view of the facts. Tens of thousands of people get news from your websites, and I feel it's important not to be deceptive when you have that type of influence.
So please, do continue to write these articles prophesying Androids doom. But don't be surprised if someone calls you out on them.
Credits to Mashable, Comscore, and Gartner for there research and statistics.
Picture credits: marinasleeps.files.wordpress.com