At one point Microsoft’s Windows dominated the desktop and notebook computer industry and Apple’s Mac marketshare had slipped to barely a few percentage points. Today, the Mac prospers even in a post-PC era where Windows PCs are becoming passé and sales are dropping. If Microsoft could not kill a sick Apple, how can a sick Android kill Apple?
Zombies Are Living Dead
Despite the past two years whereby a few hundred technology pundits and stock market analysts said Apple was doomed in the face of Android’s growing and dominant marketshare, death did not happen.
Let me backup to my followup question. “If Microsoft could not kill a sick Apple, how can a sick Android kill Apple?”
Unlike the late 1990s when Microsoft was strong and Apple was weak, today Google’s Android platform is weak, while Apple is strong.
For all intents and purposes, the only success in the Android platform is made up of Samsung’s many and varied Galaxy models.
Even when Samsung sells two to three times the number of smartphones and tablets that Apple sells, Apple retains three times Samsung’s profits.
How much profit goes to Samsung’s non-Apple competitors; Microsoft, Google, HTC, Nokia, BlackBerry, Amazon, and the Chinese knockoff makers?
None. Zero. Nada. Zilch.
Android’s marketshare success is a single trick effort of desperation on Google’s part to stem Apple’s potential success with the iPhone and iPad. Android had to be free to device makers to stop Apple from dominating the industry.
Even with a free copycat operating system for smartphone and tablet makers, Apple remains the dominant brand in mobile technology, and the dominant profit machine, while Android manufacturer’s not named Samsung suffer to the point of oblivion.
BlackBerry is shadow of its former self; slowly bleeding to an inevitable death. Once mighty Nokia is no more. Microsoft and Google’s mobile efforts exist because both companies have deep pockets. Amazon’s mobile efforts exist because CEO Jeff Bezos has tricked investors into believing that profits are bad, losses are good, down is up, and red is black.
If a healthy and rich Microsoft could not destroy a sick and ailing Apple, how will a sick and ailing Android destroy a healthy and rich Apple? It just won’t happen. Apple’s future is in Apple’s hands.