The group made “around a million dollars” in placement fees for adding TaiG to Chinese iPhones. While the actual number is currently unknown, my source explained that the rumors were true and that the fee was well within that “order of magnitude.”
Something else we already knew:
Danny Sullivan writes about a POV of Android fragmentation as a feature and not a bug:
For all the “fragmentation” worries raised about Android, the advantage has been that the fragmentation allowed a thousand Android devices to bloom (and a handful of those to flower into big hits).
When studying global marketing strategy, there’s a primary question you address:
Can you create one product and sell it globally or are the different global markets different enough where you need to tailor your products to every market?
That’s the explanation for why televisions from the same company look different in Europe vs. the U.S. Look at the cars driving around in any European city and there’s a notable difference than what you see in any city in the U.S.
On the flipside, look at the global success of the iPhone. It’s the same product sold globally and it’s been a smashing success. Apple is making more money ex-US than in the US now.
I suspect that as the smartphone market matures, differentiated products will be a natural evolution as companies try to eke more money from their user base.
There’s really no right or wrong answer but I guarantee that Android vs. iPhone will become a key case study for global marketing strategy students in the future.