Yes, Apple Still Dominates. However ...

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Get a load of the comments section of the YouTube version of my Friday appearance on CNN.

While I'm not surprised at the behavior of a minority with Internet beer muscles, the parts of the interview they took exception to bemuse.

The peanut gallery had a problem with the comment that I spent more on Apple ( AAPL) products over the last year than my wife and kid. To them, I say, loosen up. We're not saving the manatees here. I was joking.

Anyway, half the Apple products I have purchased were gifts to my wife and child. They get an incredible amount of use and enjoyment out of them.

But why dwell on the ramblings of a deranged few? If we're going to go after the disturbed, let's deal in size. A larger, albeit still smallish number of people who viewed the video had a problem with my contention that Apple still dominates, all else equal, today, in this moment in time.

In a 2-minute 47-second hit where I call for the firing of Tim Cook, I hardly expected a bunch of ... wait ... what should we call them?

Some politically incorrect cats -- not me, of course -- used to refer to the most ardent supporters of the artist formerly known as RIM as "RIMTARDS." That's Blackberry ( BBRY) now, FYI. And plenty of people, particularly the folks who came after me, pejoratively refer to people who really like Apple as "fanboys."

What do we call this new cult of unstable personalities who go to the extreme to defend Google's ( GOOG) Android operating system? Because that's just what they did. They went berserk because I claim Apple dominates over Google and Samsung. One person even said I should be stoned. And they weren't speaking in Cheech and Chong terms, which I could get with . . . they still live in the days of Mary Magdalene.

Their recurring argument against my assertion of Apple domination amounted to little more than look at the marketshare data. At that point, you quickly realize they have no idea what they're talking about whatsoever.

Apple is not, nor should it be a marketshare story. If it ever becomes one, be concerned.

The latest from comScore illustrates my point clear as day.

As a smartphone platform -- so we're talking operating system here -- Google leads Apple by a wide margin. (Though, for the record, Google's market share declined 1.4% between December 2012 and March 2013, while Apple's increased by 2.7%).

As an OEM, Apple leads Samsung by a wider margin this period than it did last. It grew its smartphone marketshare in the U.S. at a rate almost four times as fast as Samsung did.

Google allows anybody to use Android. Samsung produces a wide range of phones that run the gamut. If Apple took one or both of these strategies, it would have 80% market share across the board. Name the category. Name the region. It would be total and complete dominance, but quite as interesting and dynamic of a business.

It amazes me that we have to reiterate the reality of the last few paragraphs so frequently. That so many people simply do not get it. And they keep saying stupid things such as Apple is dead today. Or Google and Samsung are beating Apple. That's simply false.

I anticipated controversy over the second part of that CNN YouTube blast. But it didn't come. Of course, quite a few folks will claim it gets ignored because the notion of blowing out Tim Cook is absurd. I counter that with you're in denial. We're fooling one another as lovers of the company Steve Jobs built if we think for a second Tim Cook can do what needs to be done to keep Apple in its present dominant position.

The only hope he has is poor execution from the competition. There's no question Google's coming. Just because it has a different strategy than Apple doesn't mean it's a bad one. It just hasn't come together yet. It will take some time.

When the pieces fall in place for Google, it will crush Microsoft ( MSFT) first. Google's suite of cloud services will render Microsoft Office obsolete, even as Steve Ballmer does the only thing he's capable of doing: Carbon copy somebody else's strategy.

Once Microsoft is tossed aside and Google's services become the norm (assuming Apple doesn't make some sort of play), their hardware might have a snowball's chance in South Florida of ending Apple's dominance.

-- Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.
Rocco Pendola is TheStreet's Director of Social Media. Pendola's daily contributions to TheStreet frequently appear on CNBC and at various top online properties, such as Forbes.

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