Tasting the Ice Cream Sandwich
Posted May 16, 2012 7:15 UTC (Wed) by anselm
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The big difference here is that people don't buy Android, they buy a phone that has Android installed. They don't make an operating system choice, they make a phone choice that is influenced by a lot of factors other than what operating system the phone runs.
Most PC Linux users do not buy a computer that comes with Linux – they buy a generic PC and then put Linux on it themselves. That in itself limits Linux uptake to people who (a) have access to the technical mojo to do that (not as much of a hurdle as it used to be), and (b) can be bothered in the first place.
If the only way to get Android would be to install it yourself on an iPhone, the Android market share would be 1% no matter how great the operating system was. The comparative success of Android has a lot to do with 800lb Internet gorilla Google putting out something that phone manufacturers seem to like, and less with how Android is that much better a Linux distribution than mainstream Linux distributions.
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