"Article quote - With many of the features (and liabilities) of a true mobile OS, Google has tried to walk a line in offering the same kind of intuitive, light-weight mobile experience as iOS but with the power and flexibility of a traditional Windows desktop OS. Theyve done a pretty good job at this, which is reflected in the popularity of this platform."
Your quoting this point emphasized something that was said by the CEO of KAYAK about how their web analytics show iOS hitting their site 3x as much as Android--specifically mentioning that most Android buyers honestly don't understand what they're using. Personal observation in my admittedly small region known as the Northeast Corridor has made me believe the ONLY reason Android has ever sold in large numbers is simply due to price. For almost four years now, when you saw an Android commercial on TV--no matter the network--about 75% of them were pushing some form of deep discount--usually either a TwoFer or half-price sale. Over the holiday shopping season, even Samsung's acclaimed Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note were included in those pricing schemes--whereas Apple itself didn't budge though admittedly Walmart* did offer the 8-gig model iPhone 5 for $127. Of course, $127 is still 2.5 times the $49 price tag on the Galaxy S3. But that's only one observation.
Another observation shows that in some sales locations where the iPhone is sold beside Android, and honestly in contradiction to the KAYAK CEO's statement, people will go in and ask for an iPhone and get steered away to an android on the argument that, "It's just like the iPhone, only cheaper." I personally know of about seven cases locally that were given that argument while in another case a woman came home and brandished her new Motorola with the excited claim of, "Look! I got an iPhone!"
Keep in mind that I'm not arguing whether Android is better or worse than iOS here, I'm only pointing out that a high proportion of Android users--perhaps as many as half of them--don't really know what they have and when it doesn't work the way they expect it to or becomes for whatever reason too difficult to use (remember, that half isn't the tech savvy half) they fall back on using it simply as a cell phone--ignoring almost all of its other capabilities.
This is not really a shining position for android itself. Since 3.0 Android has been a much more stable OS. 4.0 and higher are improving it even more. But based on web usage alone, evidence demonstrates that it is not nearly as user friendly as it should be, though the Kayak CEO does mention that Android web hits are slowly increasing.
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