As TMCnet's Tom Keating mentions
on his blog, there are many factors to consider in the fight for mobile supremecy between Apple, Google
Android and yes, even Microsoft. Tom's point about Microsoft
injecting itself into the Android relationship with carriers to become the defacto search engine has even begun to happen already
But what caught my eye regarding the controversy is will Apple
become the defacto high-end alternative that is priced out of the reach of most of the market?
The answer may lie in production numbers alone.
You see, the Apple hardware is virtually unchanged from iPod to iPhone to iPad so economies of scale work in the company's favor.
However, Android devices are gaining massive share. If these gadgets can also leverage the same hardware with other mobile operating systems then they too can take advantage of the same efficiencies. Perhaps Samsung and HTC are best positioned in this regard as an HTC device, for example, can do double-duty as an Android and Windows Phone 7.
A while back I asked Nokia
execs about the disadvantage they had in supporting a plethora of form factors while Apple gets away with one and they didn't have a good answer.
But if a phone manufacturer can leverage multiple operating systems to drive scale they can then compete more effectively with Apple.