Smartphones are absolutely everywhere these days, with lovers of technology keen to keep up with the latest models hitting the market. Smartphones are so prevalent that when someone (such as our own Justin Pot) admits to not owning one, it’s newsworthy.
With so many people owning smartphones, and their constant desire to upgrade to a better model, it’s no wonder that more manufacturers are trying to get a foothold on the bottom rung of the ladder. But is it too late? Have Google and Apple pulled up that ladder behind them to ensure it’s a one-on-one fight for dominance rather than a free-for-all brawl?
This Week’s Question…
We want to know, Besides Android & iPhone, Is There Room For Another Mobile OS? This question is extremely timely thanks to a confluence of news stories hitting at the same time. Which, when combined together, beg for the debate to be had.
First up are the latest smartphone market share figures, which show that Android is enjoying a remarkable lead over the competition. Google’s mobile OS has a 79.3 percent market share, with Apple’s iOS having a mere 13.2 percent market share. Windows Phone has just a 3.7 percent market share, while BlackBerry is down to just 2.9 percent.
Those figures, which are obviously for the global market, suggest that there really is only room for two competitors, and even then one is way out in front of the other. Microsoft isn’t going to give up on Windows Phone anytime soon, but the latest reports suggest BlackBerry is looking for a buyer.
Meanwhile, the first Firefox OS handsets from ZTE will soon be sold worldwide via eBay. And a conceptual mobile device named Ubuntu Edge has been on crowdfunding site IndieGoGo, where its creators are hoping to raise $32 million to make the dual-booting Ubuntu and Android smartphone a reality.
Phew. Have you taken that little lot in? When you have done so then please return to the original question and tell us whether you think there is room for another contender in this market, or if you think that Android and iOS have it all sewn up between them.
Has Android got too much clout to let a young pretender compete for its crown? Would you ever consider buying a smartphone running something other than Android or iOS? Is there any way back for BlackBerry? Is Windows Phone capable of turning its modest growth into world-changing growth? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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