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Can Windows Phone Pick Up When Android Drops Off?

04.29.2012
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In a recent CNET article by Dan Farber (Android not Critical to Google? Really?), he talks about Google’s recent, strange comments about Android:

During the Oracle v. Google trial, the value of the Android platform to the Internet giant has been a subject of inquiry. When Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page was asked last week by Oracle's attorney David Boies about the value of Android, he responded that Android is "important, but not critical." 

On Wednesday, Google's head of the Android platform, Andy Rubin, was asked by Boies what purpose Android serves for Google, He responded that it "makes it easier to access Google services." 

Boies queried Rubin on whether he expected the Android platform to contribute substantially to the company's ad revenues. Rubin answered that he did not believe so. 


If it turns out Google doesn’t care about Android; if it turns out that Android is more trouble than it is worth to Google; if it turns out Android’s shelf life is shorter than anyone dreamed; if the number one mobile platform hits the wall; as a real, third player in the mobile market, can Windows Phone pick up when Android drops off? Signs point to yes.

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Ragnar Westad replied on Mon, 2012/04/30 - 4:37am

"If it turns out Google doesn’t care about Android;if it turns out that Android is more trouble than it is worth to Google; if it turns out Android’s shelf life is shorter than anyone dreamed; if the number one mobile platform hits the wall; as a real, third player in the mobile market, can Windows Phone pick up when Android drops off? Signs point to yes."

If, if, if and if then maaaaaybe....

This sounds a little bit desperate, don't you think? :-)

Heres another interesting take on the future of WP. Enjoy the reading! 

http://www.businessinsider.com/so-how-long-until-we-can-write-the-obituary-for-windows-phone-2012-4?nr_email_referer=1

Andrew Thompson replied on Mon, 2012/04/30 - 5:06am

A more interesting question would be, how long until somebody buys nokia for it's patents.  At which point, how long until windows dies on the cellphone.

 

-Andy

Phil H. replied on Mon, 2012/04/30 - 6:46am

Oops. You forgot one important point. Android is open source. Even if Google dropped it other major players could pick it up. At least think through the FUD before writing it.

Ryan Developer replied on Mon, 2012/04/30 - 9:26am

I'd be more interested in looking at BlackBerry's next-gen QNX based OS (BB10) than Windows Phone. It supports Android apps, HTML5 apps, and Flash apps.

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Greg Jackson replied on Fri, 2012/07/27 - 11:10pm in response to: Phil H.

Exactly. The only reason open source systems like linux never went mainstream is because nobody knew how to monitize it.  A quick look at some app download counts, skype for android for example, and you can see that android is gaining on ios quickly.

Dinni Davidson replied on Mon, 2012/08/27 - 4:39pm

That's an interesting switch, I didn't expect to see windows technology to get so flexible at this level. This opens some interesting perspectives.

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