Here in San Francisco, almost everyone I know has iPhones. But there are a whole lotta people somewhere in the world with Android devices.
According to this article from ExtremeTech, Android shipments are up from 700,000 total in 2008, to 550,000,000 in 2012. Yes, five hundred and fifty million devices shipped worldwide running Android, with 136 million in Q3 2012 alone.
With Blackberry's penetration cut in half, and Symbian's even worse, it's now a two horse race between Android and iOS . And although in the Valley all you hear about is the iPhone, and everyone's building apps for the iPhone, a peek beyond to the rest of the world showcases the dominance of Android worldwide .
 WindowsPhone had 2% marketshare in Q3 2012, almost double from the year before. I see WindowsPhone as a dark horse competitor in this race. Microsoft has a lot of cash to figure mobile out, and they typically try to buy their way into sectors where they haven't innovated. But since Apple and Google are arch competitors to MSFT, I don't see a way for them to buy their way out of this one.
 I don't have the stats in front of me, but it's likely that while iOS' penetration is substantially lower than Android's, iOS usage on a per-device level is higher than Android's. Meaning, people are really addicted to their iPhones and iPads, and they use them a lot.
Here's those stats, Daniel ... and you're right ....
I think this data is based on "page views" more than actual data usage though, which can mean slightly different things.
Here's some speculation that the iPhone 5 (with LTE) will start turbo-charging data usage:
You gave an awesome presentation the other day to my class and here's my question for you. How does one maintain creativity while remaining within an industry where it becomes hard to think outside the box.
Hey Patrick .... I want to weigh in too ... but I want to make sure I try to answer exactly what you're asking ...
Could you clarify if you meant "within an ORGANIZATION" where it's "hard" to think outside the box, or if you definitely meant an entire industry? And if you meant an entire industry, could you give a couple examples of the industries that you're thinking would automatically discourage creativity? I'm not arguing that they don't possibly exist, just want to make sure I'm fully understanding what you're seeking an answer/solution for.
Also, just a bit of guidance that's going to help you FOREVER ... You're suffering from VVS ... VVS is a serious ailment and should be treated as quickly as you can!
Glad you enjoyed the session! Bummer that the audio was a bit choppy for the class; I hope it was still valuable for everyone.
First off, props to you for capturing your question as a video. As I talk about in this blog about building a strong personal brand, doing things like that are important -- partly because not many people do that type of thing yet, so it really helps you stand out.
Your question about creativity is an interesting one. Creativity is one of the most under-appreciated core ingredients of being entrepreneurial. And as you allude to, it's hard to maintain when you're working within constraints where the easy path is just to think inside the box, to color within the lines, where there's no incentive or obvious payoff to rocking the boat, and where, in fact, there's usually dis-incentives to do so.
There are a few things you can do, though, which should help:
I've always considered Microsoft's WindowsPhone a darkhorse competitor to iOS & Android. Microsoft has boatloads of cash but has never been able to get a meaningful market share in mobile against iOS & Android.
But when I saw the new iOS 7 screenshots on Matt Gemmell's blog, the first thing I thought to myself was "wow, iOS7 looks a lot like WindowsPhone8." So I dug a little deeper. Here's an example:
The new iOS7 as shown on Matt's blog:
Incoming video call on Skype (which MSFT owns) on WindowsPhone:
Huh, what's that Robin? Nah, I'm just correcting journals.
Haha no, I don't have an iPhone..