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October 28, 2011

Samsung Overtakes Apple in Smartphone Sales due to Flash Functionality

Samsung Electronics Co. overtook Apple Inc. (AAPL) in the last quarter to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor amid a widening technology and legal battle between the two companies.

Apple, which released its iPhone 4S this month, held the top spot for only one quarter after dislodging Espoo, Finland- based Nokia earlier this year. Samsung, based in Suwon, South Korea, has turned to Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android software to boost sales of its Galaxy smartphones and tablet computers.

via Samsung Overtakes Apple in Smartphones – Bloomberg.

Editors Note: I own an android Smart Phone. Why? Because I am the President of a video distribution website that cannot be fully viewed by Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod devices due to Steve Jobs’ hardheaded rejection of Adobe’s long established and standardized Flash Player software.

The Flash Player plug-in is utilized by every browser on earth, and 90% of all web sites use flash generated content such as videos and banner ads.  What on earth was Apple thinking by not including this universal application into its platform?

The prevailing theory or excuse comes from Apple’s development department that points to the fact that in 2007 the Flash plug-in drained battery life. This may have been true, but according to Adobe, Apple refused to provide them with an advance prototype of Apple’s hardware so they could develop a solution. This is standard protocol among developers.

Another theory is that Steve Jobs held a grudge against his former employee who became CEO of Adobe. This does not seem so far fetched now that so much has been revealed about Jobs’ personality since his death.

Jobs’ big mistake was letting his emotions get the best of him while his number one competitor sat on Apple’s Board of Directors and was witness to all Jobs’ dysfunction. While the public was up-in-arms over the abandonment of the Flash Functionality in the new Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod devices, Google saw this weakness as an opportunity to compete hot and heavy with Apple. Now, millions of people can view every video on my website via their Android Powered Smart Phone without additional drain on the battery. This is why Samsung is out-selling Apple in Smart Phones.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Apple Computer, and think of Steve Jobs in the same stratosphere as Einstein and John Lennon. That is why I am hopeful that the feud between Steve Jobs and Adobe has been put to rest in this new era of Apple and that Apple will introduce its next generation of products with Adobe’s Flash functionality.

If it does, and since I have owned an Apple Computer since 1985, I will be the first in line to buy them.

Jeffers M. Dodge

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