The smartphone market is very much dominated by Android at the moment, with iOS claiming an impressive second (considering the modest number of iPhone variants on sale), and RIM’s BlackBerry OS – despite doing little of interest in months – still claiming third.
But wait, what about Windows Phone? Despite its paltry market share, it’s the best thing ever, right? Well, yes, according to Steve Ballmer.
In an interview with Reid Hoffman, best known as co-founder of LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed his thoughts on the top two smartphone operating systems.
Android, according to Steve, is “wild” and “uncontrolled”, and - as we're repeatedly warned - open to malware. Google’s offering has previously been described as the “wild west” of operating systems.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped Android skyrocketing, largely thanks to the availability of a range of smartphones at different price points. It’s not all about the high-end stuff.
iOS, meanwhile, continues to hold second place, lately offering three iPhones at a time (currently it’s the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5). On the price subject, Ballmer notes that the iPhone was recently selling for $1,000 in Russia. Cripes.
Steve also reckons iOS is “too controlled”, though there are literally millions of consumers who’d beg to differ, big man.
Windows Phone 8 has kinda sorta half launched, though it remains to be seen if it’ll perform any better than Windows Phone 7. Does anyone care?
Ballmer suggests Windows Phone 8 has the control of iOS (but not too much control), and the price range of Android. Best of both worlds, eh? How can it fail?