All we’ve heard for the past year-plus is how Android is killing it. The phones are taking over the world. And that’s true — from a unit perspective. But from an actual business perspective, things are decidedly murkier. Google says they’re making a good amount of money as a result of Android, but it’s clearly nothing compared to their main business. The carriers are doing well too — but carriers always do well. Being overly greedy tends to have this effect. As for the OEMs… well, that’s a different story.
The three largest Android OEMs are Samsung, HTC, and Motorola. Samsung just posted record quarterly profit. So far so good. But HTC just reported its first profit drop in two years. And Motorola just warned that its 4th quarter sales were going to miss as well. When you have to warn ahead of actual earnings, that’s a very bad sign.
So one of the three top Android OEMs is doing well. The other two are doing poorly. This matters because of what it means for the future.
We are currently assessing this source code, and over the next month we will be determining which devices will get the upgrade and when…
Motorola explaining their next steps to release Android Ice Cream Sandwich
To an 99.9% of end users, this entire thing must read like pure Latin.
Actually, scratch that.
Worse, when translated, this clearly means it’s going It’s to be months before any Motorola Android user gets ICS.
This entire post encompasses Android’s true fragmentation problem wrapped in one big shit-stained bow.