Some good news

by admin.androidsl...@googlemail.com » Mon, 27 Apr 2009 18:23:23 GMT


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 Digg is one of my favorite technology sites.

When I 'dugg' for Android a couple of months ago, there were virtually
no search results with the only matches dating back 4 or 5 months.

I did a search again today for Android and there were nearly 10
articles just in the last 24 hours.

And the best news ... no results at all for iPhone in the last 24
hours.

Is the tide starting to turn?
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Some good news

by Androman » Tue, 28 Apr 2009 21:04:05 GMT


 Probably yes and in future there will be many more Android phones than
iPhone phones but iPhone will be solid platform and will remain in
future. Also it looks like Android phones will increase in numbers and
in few years become available to masses but I don't belive that all
Andorid users will  want to buy software on market. Many will use
phone just as phone to call and send SMS... while more "advanced"
users will buy iPhone and they will buy apps.

Of course there will be a lot of users of Android phones that will be
interested in buying software on Android market but not all or not as
high percentage as on Apple's phone. Also due to fact that developers
from only 2 countries can sell their applications on market mean that
many will stick to iPhone, Black Berry, Symbian, WinMo or will just
create free apps making it much harder for USA and UK developers to
earn money on Android Market.

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Some good news

by Fred Grott » Tue, 28 Apr 2009 21:47:09 GMT


 The problem is your  premises do not hold..

go back through iPhoen history..

-First 6 months iPhone wa on sale it took 6 months to get 1 million
sold..gee Android same trend..

Basically all Android  trends will pan out to the same exact repeat of
iphone history in devices sold and apps sold..










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I wouldn't be surprised if it's the Market since I redeploy ("update") the
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Any ideas on what is going wrong and / or what to do to fix or otherwise
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