Android costing operators loads of money in repairs
Are you an iPhone user, sick of being yelled at by Android users? Here's something for your ammo stockpile. Basically, operators are forking out huge sums of money every year as they try and keep up with repairs and returns on Android mobiles.
They're spending as much as £1.25bn ($2bn) a year, according to a new study.
Of course, the fact that Android are open-source means that it's very likely that stumpy handed doofuses are going break them as they tinker with the insides.
The report says: "One thing we must be absolutely clear on is that our analysis does not find any inherent fault with the Android platform. Its openness has enabled the ecosystem to grow to a phenomenal size, at a phenomenal rate, and it’s this success that is proving challenging."
There's some return ammo for the Android users there. See, it's the fact that Android is available on so many different devices (from cheap tat to top dollar kit), there isn't much in the way of consistency for consumers. This, of course, is in sharp contrast to Apple and BlackBerry who have a tight grip over what goes into their phones.
"Android deployments can never compete with the hardware consistency (or software integration) of some of its competitors," the study said. It pointed out that another reason for returns was "because Android Market displays only apps capable of running on a specific build, a number of operators and retailers have experienced product returns from consumers unable to access the same content as their friends, or the same content and apps as their previous device."