The weekend is upon us again, another time for us to pick an erring part in mobile and do some sort of justice to it. Today’s article was inspired by a thread I bumped into while foraging the internet, and we look at the topic, “Will there ever be an Android device that outsells the iPhone?”
Few days ago, Apple launched two new devices, The Apple iPhone 6s and the Apple iPhone 6s Plus. Months from now, we’ll begin to hear news of these iPhones selling millions of units worldwide, and Apple making so-so millions of dollars in profit. This is good, after all every business is hinged on it’s ability to make quantum profits.
It’s funny. People go in droves to buy this phone. Some will stand in endless queues, some will sell their kidneys, some steal their parents money, or
lose their virginity just to get the new iPhone (no offence please).
Looking at the competition, the story is different. Android OEM’s like Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG are all reporting losses, sacking staff, cutting cuts and changing strategy all in the name of survival. Why is this so? Personally, I’m not jealous, but it’s unfair the Android guys are burning themselves at the foot, while Apple is going away with the profits. (I’m not implying that Apple don’t work hard too).
Believe it or not, Like it or not, Apple makes more money from phones than a combined rest of other phone manufacturers. Can we clamor for change Buhari-style? Now we may ask:
How did it get to this?
With the yearly success of iPhones, manufacturers looked to specs to change things. They started making faster processors, bigger displays, higher RAMs etc. Each one trying to outdo each other with better specs. Where has this led them? It should be clear by now, you don’t beat Apple with mere specs.
A second issue is the problem of choices. On the Android platform too many variants creates lots of confusion for the ordinary man. I’ve said this earlier, in business,
“The more options presented to a customer (at point of purchase), the less likely he/she is to make a choice”
Apple on the other hand leave you with little or no choice. You either buy the iPhone or you don’t. Apple appeals to the ordinary man, starting from it’s hardware, software, and to it’s services. Let’s be honest to ourselves, people don’t really care about specs, all the ordinary man wants it’s something that just works.
Now over to you, from what we’ve said so far, will there ever be an Android device that outsells the iPhone? What will it take an Android flagship to outsell the iPhone? Your thoughts.
Happy Weekend Folks!! 🙂