John Siracusa on Apple and the War for the Mobile Market: ‘Can You Buy Me Now?’

John Siracusa:

The only way for Apple to eliminate the distribution and marketing advantage currently enjoyed by Android is to make sure that everywhere an Android phone is for sale, there’s an iPhone sitting right next to it that will work on the same network.

Update 1: It occurs to me that we should be able to test Siracusa’s thesis, by comparing Android and iPhone market share in countries like the U.K. and Japan, where the iPhone is already available on all the major carriers. Is that data available?

Update 2: Not sure what I was thinking about Japan, but that’s a bad example: the iPhone is only sold there through one carrier, Softbank; Japan’s biggest carrier is DoCoMo.

Friday, 6 August 2010