How Android Is Hurting the Mobile Market

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    Don Reisinger

1. Dominance Is A Bad Thing

1. Dominance Is A Bad Thing

There's nothing wrong with a company being successful, but when it turns into dominance, it's an issue. Dominant companies can often times stifle innovation, hurt competition, and generally cause trouble in the marketplace. Android dominating the marketplace is slowly but surely starting to do just that. And it's a real problem for every stakeholder.
Google's Android operating system has been nothing short of a marvel in the mobile market. Over the last year, the operating system has continued to capture market share, and Apple, trying to keep up, hasn't been so successful. But it's not alone. RIM's BlackBerry operating system has lost all chance of taking a controlling stake in the market, and Windows Phone 7 is practically non-existent in the marketplace. Even with Android's success, the operating system is causing significant trouble in the mobile market. From the fact that it's totally dominant to the issue of multiple application stores, Android is as much helping the mobile ecosystem as it is hurting it. It's rather unfortunate, but the major operating system that's running the mobile space is also contributing, in some ways, to its troubles. Here's a deeper look at Android and how the operating system is hurting the mobile market and the customer experience.
This article was originally published on 2011-12-20
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.