No, Android Is Not The New Windows
Comparisons like this from TechCrunch drive me a little nuts. Go ahead and read the craziness. Yes, there’s one similarity between Android and early Windows, in terms of growing market share. Sort of. But not exactly. (Windows had a much higher market share compared to Android!)
It’s a stupid (sorry, hate to be blunt, but really it’s stupid) comparison because of one key factor: Microsoft makes money on Windows, and because it makes money it is encouraged to continue to develop the product. Google, on the other hand, doesn’t nearly make as much money on Android.
For Android to be sustainable, it needs to make a profit for the company that develops it. It’s quite possible that Samsung might eventually be that company, but for the moment there’s no sustainable business plan here for Google.
Oh, and one other key difference. Apple was nearly bankrupt because Mac sales were terrible. Today, Apple is one of the most profitable companies in the world. And yes, last I checked, profit matters.