Report: ASUS’ Android Wear Smartwatch to Be Priced Between $99 to $149 – DailyTech

Dealing with members of the Church of Market share is difficult as they actually cannot see anything other than their sacred metric. It seems to mean so much to them that it’s almost churlish to try to redirect their gaze to more of the real world. Nevertheless let’s try to unpick things.

First the 62% tablet market share number. What data is that based upon? Which Android OEMs have released regular tablet sales figures? What counts as a tablet in order to be included in the 62% claim? Does anybody reading this live anywhere where they regularly see Android tablets out numbering iPads 6 to 4 (those living in trailer parks are exempt from that survey)?

All the above is moot as is the market share of Android and iOS because what is actually being talked about is platform performance and market share is being used (lazily) as a proxy for platform performance and health.

All data, and I do mean all, points to the same basic platform metric: whatever the measure of platform activity you choose (developer revenues, web usuage, third party connections such as ticketing, ecommerce, etc,etc) show that it takes between 3 and 4 Android users to generate the same amount of platform activity as just one iOS user. So even with a billion Google Play Android devices and several hundred million more non-Google Play devices in places like China, iOS generates more platform activity (using any metric).

This means that, as the iOS user base is continuing to grow, that in order for Android to generate the same global platform activity as iOS Android will need to have about 2 to 3 billion users. Just to get parity. Plus these new Android users may well be users (coming from the world’s poorer communities) who will further dilute the platform performance of the Android platform. Google’s Android One initiative, by bringing lots of poor users into the Android ecosystem, is going to do just that, dilute the platform. Android One will win customers that Apple does not want.

The upshot of all this is that in the foreseeable future the impact of Android growth in units will have precisely zero impact on the health of the iOS platform and on Apple’s business. Apple and it’s customers are just not affected by the number of Android users in the world, it impacts on nothing. IOS gets the best apps first, and sometimes, exclusively, we get the best third party peripherals, we get the best (or as good) media content. Android is just irrelevant to iOS customers. We think Android is great for people who want to tinker with their phones, use weirdly configured devices, love everything Google does, or are very price sensitive (it’s mostly the latter in my opinion). Good luck to you all.

Listening to Fandroids boast about market share is like listening to people who own silver cars boasting to people who own black cars (because they prefer black) that there are more silver cars and so black car owners should feel threatened. It seems a bit deranged. Plus a bit insecure.

Android is selling very well, that’s great for people who want to buy into Android, iOS is also selling very well so that’s great for people who prefer iOS. Both platforms are healthy, growing and will continue to be a massive presence in the world of mobile devices for the next decade at least.

I, like about 500 million other people, prefer the integrated world of the Apple ecosystem, but if other people don’t that’s ok by me. But please enough of the “my tribe is bigger so your tribe is losing” silliness. My tribe is fine as is yours. It’s a big world with room for us both :)

Plus I still say that this clunky piece of crap from ASUS will be a flop.

Report: ASUS’ Android Wear Smartwatch to Be Priced Between $99 to $149 – DailyTech

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