A pie chart from the earliest days of Android — or perhaps before it launched:
Symbian had 49.8 percent of the market, and BlackBerry had 15.9 percent, with 12.9 percent for Apple, 11.1 percent for Microsoft, 7.2 percent for Linux, and 2.1 percent for Palm.
I didn’t quite catch the full point that Gentzkow was trying to make, apologies. Google did point out that all those players have disappeared, save Apple.
We’ve moved on to an argument that Google’s MADA agreements are good for competition because they help Google compete with the iPhone, which helps sell phones, and in turn, helps developer sell more apps. “The more phones are sold the more things are going to be downloaded,” he says.