Today, Nielsen released stats for the the mobile phone market. From November of 2010 to January of 2011, Android represents 29% of market share with Apple and Blackberry each at 27% . However, without time constraint, total market share for Android compared to all smartphones is at 19%. That’s fairly rapid adoption.
Blatant opionion: I don’t think any iPhone users are jumping ship to go to Android. Former Blackberry users and first-time smartphone buyers are snapping up Androids (probably due to cheap price … and the fact that you aren’t forced into a draconian contract with AT&T’s sub-par service). Windows Mobile will always have its little sliver of the market.
Blatant opinion 2: If you’re considering building an iPhone app, you need to consider an Android version as well.
It was a scary leap to hop the Android bandwagon with a minimum of research. I am, however, happy to report that I’ve successfully made the big transition from Blackberry to Android. Fear not, my friends! Previously, like many business-ish people, I thought Dockers and a Blackberry made the man. In fact, both suck. Dockers make me look fat(ter) and Blackberries make the web look like crap and really make the whole experience of using a phone about as exciting as using a toaster. Function without any sort of flashiness is just so … Dockers. I don’t understand why a business phone (i.e. compatible with [s]Exchange and Outlook) must mean an un-fun phone. Android and iPhone are both great platforms and are both fully capable of being enterprise-worthy. Naturally, you have to do a little tweaking. I’ll list the steps to make Android a business beast in a future post.
For now, if you are considering an Android for your phone and you think it won’t handle your calendar and meeting invites, you can happily reverse that line of thought.
- VPN works
- Remote Desktop works
- Every app you can imagine
- Remote wipe and monitoring
- Flash and Adobe Air support
- Exchange and Outlook synchronization
Also, Google seems to releases major updates to the Android OS roughly twice as often as Apple. I’m getting exceptional data and voice service through T-Mobile. Incidentally, I have an HTC G2 from T-Mobile. See below:
Need a phony website?
It’s April 2009 and most websites don’t support phone browsing very well. So you ask, “should mine”?
For now the answer is still “depends”. The first question you need to ask is who’s your audience?
To clarify what I’m talking about, here are two versions of the Facebook landing page. The one designed for the phone (left) lets you log in with no scrolling and is sans heavy images. The one on the right is being shown on a phone but was designed to display on a PC monitor which is why the user is forced to scroll around just to log in.
If you’re Facebook, where the age demographic skews well below the national average and the balance sheet bling screems louder than three schoolgirls on a roller coaster, designing for the phone is an obvious choice.
But maybe you’re an ecommerce site selling Jitterbug cell phones to the AARP crowd. Then the correct anyswer would be - – - that’s right, “no”. The jitterbug doesn’t support a browser and even if it did, the over 55 crowd isn’t hanging out at the mall updating their LinkedIn profiles on their cells.
But things aren’t always so obvious. Another tech savvy daddy chose not to create an iPhone version of their site. They’re that iconic company in Cupertino, California who owns apple.com. One thing’s for sure – it’s not due to lack of bling or any technical niavity that they skipped a customized phone version.
There’s a lot to consider when weighing the options. Do you need a phony website? Ask us. We’ll help you determine what’s right for your situation.
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