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They choose to incent the RSPs to push one device over another.
This is why, despite being a superior PRODUCT to Android, Windows Phone has not sold as well.
Neither the Windows 7 or WP7 campaigns would lead one to believe that they are going to solve this problem anytime soon, and have a resonant story that connects with consumers in a meaningful way.
(And let’s leave product quality out of it, and just accept that, unlike in the Vista days, MS has products that can be sold.) 3.
In the mobile device space the five primary sides of the market are not actually aligned very well. [EDIT: I edited the above to explicitly add developers instead of leaving them off; my original intent was they were not relevant for the particular point I was making in this post, but it was was clear people mis-understood this nuance.] As noted above, Apple has been successful (at least in terms of generating revenue) in this space by cutting the device manufacturer out.
In fact, there is such deep that there is great instability. They have then used that fact to force the carriers into being even more of a fat dumb pipe.
They also choose what devices to train their RSP (retail sales professionals) to push.
The question is: will end-user dissatisfaction with Android’s inconsistencies and fragmentation be strong enough to allow the better product to succeed. But their HW bias (and manufacturing capex structure) prevent them from breaking out of this (there are no proof points of large hardware manufacturers becoming successful software companies). Their core business models (search, desktop/server OS, office, …), as well as the fact they can’t build HW, means they are always at the mercy of some middleman between them and the customer. They love speeds & feeds and will generally buy anything they are told to by television ads and RSPs (Retail Sales Professionals).
The fact that Windows Phone has, thus far, avoided fragmentation (almost every WP7 device from every manufacturer & carrier automatically got updated to WP7.5 “Mango” this fall) actually points to one of the core reasons: A virtuous cycle is one where each side of the market both gives and receives positive value from the other sides. OS providers: Own the core of the customer experience. 3rd Party Developers: Deliver the most of the end-user benefit. They will target whatever platforms have the greatest promise of ‘eyeballs’.
Carriers own the marketing money and spend billions a year.
The money is provided by the other sides of the market: OS providers & device manufactures, but the carriers get to spend it; they are the aggregation point where the money actually gets spent.