It took a few years for an average customer to realize that Android phones are not iPhones (aka iPhone is not the synonym of smartphone).
But the name Android never made it to the top of the list of terms used. People buy Galaxy's, iPhones, One's...
With Nexus One Google put its name on the back of the handset (like Nokia) but that didn't last.
It looks like Google is imposing the use of Android brand to let the world know who's the boss...
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Jealousy? Maybe it's something as simple as pride and capitalizing on it. I'm not sure about the statement where they say the average customer doesn't know what operating system it is. I have a heard believing that that many people don;t know the difference between I-phone stuff and Android. But, maybe I'm naive. Maybe when when it comes to the older generation, but I have a hard time believing that statement.
People in my circles, including non tech ones, either know iPhone/iPad or iPhone/iPad and Android, no matter which brand of Android device they're running.
Now, if only Google would start saluting Linux, which is the core of Android, Chromebooks and the entire Google server network. Thanks to smart phones, tablets, Chromebooks and more, Linux is now by far the most popular OS in the world.
^ Linux was there far before any of the devices you mentioned. Most people have one maybe two Windows PCs in their home. Yet they probably also had a router, TV, Blu-ray player, etc that ran Linux. But we're drifting OT ;-)
Not sure if that's true....even your own linked story questions it:
Canaccord's report does not factor in non-wireless stores, including the Apple store. And an April report from data tracker comScore (SCOR) still suggests that Apple holds a significant advantage over Samsung in the United States -- 39% to 22%.
And as for the second link, you can never use a single-quarter snapshot to project Apple's full-year performance. Since they have a product release only once per year, you would either be grossly over- or understating the reality spending on which quarter you choose.
At any rate, let's just agree to disagree...there's wild variation in the analysts reports, and it's a no-win debate in a situation where one manufacturer reports actuals and the other manufacturer doesn't.