The iPhone 5c lie.

Daniel Eran Dilger for AppleInsider:

That means iPhone 5c sold twice as many units as all Blackberry smartphone sales combined (6 million), more than all of Nokia’s Windows Phone smartphone sales in the winter quarter (8.2 million), and in fact, all of Microsoft’s Windows Phones sold globally in the winter quarter (slightly more than 8.2 million, as Nokia makes 90 percent of the world’s Windows Phones).

Even Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 reportedly sold just 9 million units in the winter quarter. If you do the math, that’s less than 12.8 million.

LG’s heavily marketed flagship G2 reportedly sold just 2.3 million units in the winter quarter. That indicates that Apple’s mid tier iPhone 5c outsold Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and LG’s G2 put together.

’nuff said.

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@donreisinger says Apple is expensive…must be true.

Over at Slashgear Don Reisinger dishes out the ol’ “Apple is expensive!” thingy…

He’s mainly talking about the Apple TV everyone out of their right mind is expecting to hit the market within the next few months, but he’s also making blanket statements like

As we know all too well, Apple has been charging a premium on its products for years.

Really? Name a comparable product by a competitor that is cheaper. I dare you.

LG and Samsung are developing televisions that can match any design Apple might muster.

While I agree that there’s only so much you can do with the design of a large screen TV, Don fails to see that it’s rarely about just the design with Apple. It’s the ecosystem tied to the exterior of the device in harmony, and no, that’s nothing anyone out there can match.

I’m also not convinced that Apple will be able to deliver a groundbreaking display technology that will want us to ditch our current high-end televisions. Yes, Apple has been able to do special things in the past, but the television market isn’t computers or smartphones. And it’s important for all of us to remember that.

Affordable 4k resolution would be pretty neat, but I’m still not convinced that Apple will release a TV, other than what it already has in it’s line-up – the just released 3rd gen Apple TV.
Yeah, thanks for reminding us that the TV market is not the same as the smartphone market.

So, I’m not quite sure I’d be willing to pay a massive premium for an Apple television. Yes, I realize that I’ll have to pay a little extra for the Apple name, and as I’ve noted here before, I’m just fine with that. But if Apple tries to price itself out of the market, I don’t know if I can justify running down to one of its retail stores to pick up one of its televisions.

Again. Where’s the evidence for that supposed Apple tax? Repeating a non-fact, doesn’t make it so, and when has Apple, in the last 10+ years, priced itself “out of the market”?

In case Apple does release a TV, which I doubt: I remember clearly everyone laughing at the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad. No one’s laughing anymore.

Google’s Android Update Alliance: Overpromise, underdeliver.

Last May (2011) Google, along with it’s partner’s promised the following:

So today we’re announcing that a founding team of industry leaders, including many from the Open Handset Alliance, are working together to adopt guidelines for how quickly devices are updated after a new platform release, and also for how long they will continue to be updated. The founding partners are Verizon, HTC, Samsung, Sprint, Sony Ericsson, LG, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Motorola and AT&T, and we welcome others to join us. To start, we’re jointly announcing that new devices from participating partners will receive the latest Android platform upgrades for 18 months after the device is first released, as long as the hardware allows…and that’s just the beginning. Stay tuned for more details.

Reality check:
Current Distribution of the Android OS.

2,9% of all Android devices are on ICS, which was announced on October, 19th 2011.

2,9%. After almost 6 months. What. The. Hell.

850k of what?

Andy Rubin just tweeted the following:

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Enjoying watching the ecosystem at work. 850k activations a day now!

850k of what? Obviously he’s talking about Android activations, but it’s still a valid question.

850k. That’s an impressive number – even if most of them are of the 2.x flavour.

The gadget world is ablaze with all the new offerings from LG, Sony, HTC, etc. But that’s not really what’s causing the 850k. ICS runs on only about 1% of them, as the big G admits on their site.

So, 850k of what?

I’ll tell you: Of this.

That’s right. Basic feature phones with Android slapped on them. They can be had for as little as a few bucks, with no contract.

Android is winning.