See for my statement I omitted that we got our phones the same day, same store same plan. Her phone has gone off for repair for random reboots and had TERRIBLE battery life, mine on the other hand has been rock solid from the same day she got hers. My point was simply that even thou she has an Iphone she recommends getting a different product due to her personal experience with the iphone. Is this everyone? No, but they are also not few and far between.
Then bringing this up in the discussion about the future of Android is even less relevant. I was saying that one's personal preference, or any anecdotal evidence, for that matter, is pointless in this particular discussion. It turns out it's not even that, it's just a defective phone, and I don't know how it's applicable to the potential market share of Android. Unless (I will repeat myself here) there hasn't been a defective HTC, Motorola, Samsung or LG phone yet. If the latter were true, and the reason for that were the "Android magic", then, yes, your girlfriend's phone trouble is very relevant to the discussion.
For myself and her we want a product that works unrestricted on the web, is totally customizable, can swap batteries when and if required and has full spectrum integrated google app integration. Apple simply can not and will not deliver that experience.
That's good for you, but statistics do not indicate the rest of the world is dying for (or even heard of) Google apps. Again, anecdotal evidence vs. real world data. Steve Jobs built an empire over the dead bodies of the competition's executives who 3 years ago said the iPhone will fail because it doesn't have an SD slot, replaceable battery, physical keyboard and a zillion other things their own products were (and are) proud of.
I do feel that android will take a bigger chunk of the market month to month for some time!
That I might agree with. Not much more, though. The reasons were listed in the original article for this thread. I will add the "Linux" curse, as well as the shaping up inability of Google to grow into something more than the one-trick pony that it currently is - a search engine that sells ads. Extremely good at that job, but the concept is starting to wear out. I would recommend an article in the last Wired magazine. It says that Google was brilliant enough to make people believe in its vision of an unrestricted, free and equal for all world wide web - as long as it is 100% controlled by Google.
When the other megalomaniacs realized that Google has a death grip on the www, they decided to kill the Web. Or at least start pulling the rug from underneath it - Facebook and Apple were given as the most prominent examples of new empires outside of Google's reach. There are a lot of interesting thoughts in that "Wired" issue that are relevant to this discussion, that's why I would highly recommend it.
Now, back to my thoughts. Google, of course, realized, that the App store is pulling people away from Google ads infested web pages. The public seemed to like the more convenient mobile direct access to information (usually of higher quality too), so Android was their answer. For now a lot of hardware manufacturers seem to embrace the freebie software they are being thrown, mostly for lack of reasonable alternatives. But sooner or later the real Google total control agenda will rear its ugly head and interests will collide. I don't really know what Microsoft and Nokia will do next, but I kind of figured out how Google's creativity works - they will now push to expand into social networking and media distribution. And whatever Steve Jobs announces next.
When you have the BIG players like Sony, acer, Motorola throwing their support behind this OS on variying devices its inevitable it will come out ahead of where it started. Kinda reminds me of the old locked down Mac OS vs Microsoft open hardware ablities for computers, how did that play out again?
Not really a correct parallel, Google doesn't make the hardware, it gives away Linux distro for mobile hardware. And, in the absence of alternatives for the manufacturers, many people think that the bright screen of their Galaxy is because of Android's goodness.
As 99semaj pointed out there is no RAW evidence in this thread as well we don't know the future. But we do know that people also said google search will never be a popular search option, same can be said for google chrome. So isn't it possible that Android could be the "next thing" to take off in a huge way?
The "next thing" for Google hasn't materialized yet for the last 10 years, and it's not that they haven't tried. But everything's looking up for them, people like them too - hey, after all, Google themselves say they are "not evil", why should they be denied the right to know everything about everybody, while at the same time helping you buy cheap Viagra from your phone?