| | 08-14-2012, 03:47 AM #1
When WP7 hit the scene let's face it, they were a bit late to the party and that is the BIGGEST reason it doesn't have this HUGE fanbase. Let's also toss a few pennies of blame at the media for more or less ignoring it and just drooling over android and iOS. The attention span of the average person only sees two things battling it out in every way of life.
Axis vs Allies
Coke vs Pepsi
Chevy vs Ford
World Cup vs Super Bowl (for my international friends :) )
When it comes down to it, WP7 is just... Switzerland, RC Cola, Kia, the Stanley Cup... that's the category it's in.
How Microsoft changed this in the video game world which was once just Sony vs Nintendo was they innovated. When the origional Xbox came out it had a hard drive and this fancy new thing a few of you may have heard about called Xbox Live. It helped A TON that they got this great game called Halo as well. People would buy the system just for that game. Just like Angry Birds. People who never had a smartphone or a need for one played it once on their friends device and bought a smart phone just because they could play Angry Birds.
That brings me to another point, WP7 was late to the Angry Birds party too.
Anyways back to my video game analogy...
Sega, Sony, Nintendo, Atari were more or less the pioneers in this industry (as far as making them a house-hold item. Yes, I know the likes of caleco vision and the magnavox odyssey were first.).
Xbox 360 is just Microsofts second video game console on the market and it currently out-sells the PS3 who had a much, much, much larger fanbase with the PS2 than the Xbox. How did the new kid on the block take over so fast? Think of it this way, Nintendo is like iPhone.. You have fanboys that just WILL NOT LEAVE NO MATTER WHAT because of the brand and that's just the way it is and their fanbase is so huge and stubborn that won't change. Back in the PS2, Gamecube, Xbox days Playstation was seen as the "adult" video game console becuase there were a lot more "mature" games and it had way better graphics. Microsoft again was the new guy on the block that couldn't catch a break but they were more-or less the first system with Angry Birds (Halo) so they got enough support to stay in the game.
They decided the best way to get a 1 up on their competition was to be the first on the market with the next gen. The Xbox 360 came out a year before the PS3 and Wii and had a few million sales before the PS3 or Wii even hit the shelf. Heck, they were even marred with the "Red Ring of Death" where the first generation of Xbox 360's had a 33% failure rate in which you had to send it in for 2 weeks to get rapaired. That jump on the competition was huge.
But it wasn't just that, it was the first home console that had an arcade where you could download exclusive little games that were fun for the casual gamer. It was also (and still the only game console) that offers cross-game chat. You can play one game, watch netflix, listen to music... etc while chatting with your buddy half a world away while they are doing something completely different. They were the first with netflix as well, watching netflix on your TV sounds pretty *yawn* today but they were the first game console to do it. They were also the first to have achievements. Heck everything has achievements down, even android and ios games. PS3 added trophies which are pretty much the exact same thing.
Now I realize that phones don't have the generation gap like video game systems do. But the pricipal is still there. Innovate and be the first to do something that everybody loves. Will Windows 8 have that feature or app that will make everybody want their phones? Who knows? It's tougher in that market and the majority of people are afraid of change. It's easier to just say "well I have had android for years so I am going to stick with that."
Android had a leg up on iOS basically because they were on other carriers (in the US) besides ATT. Want a smart phone? Don't have ATT? Your only option is Android. Much like how anybody who wanted something better than PS2 or gamecube had to get an Xbox 360.