So did that title get your attention? I thought so. When I first came across this article (Thanks Taylor), I had to double-check my calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1st. So I have to go ahead and warn you: What you are about to read, if you’re all about Android (And if you’re reading Android-Life, you should be), will make you mad. You’re not going to believe the ridiculousness of these words.
So now that you’ve been warned, head on past the break.
Please note that these were not written by myself, I’m simply providing them for you here.
1. Google isn’t so big on software
Google’s real plan with Android is to dominate the mobile advertising space. It fully realizes that the best way to achieve that goal is by doing whatever it can to capitalize on the desire for touch-screen smartphones with the help of Android. That’s precisely why Google offers its operating system for free. But despite this focus on mobile-advertising dominance, Google falls short compared with Apple on software design.
Response: This is the one area where I have to semi-agree. As far us user interface, Apple has that nailed down. You can hand an iPhone to the biggest tech-noob in the world and they’ll figure it out. The same can’t be said for Android. However, Android has a bazillion and one customization options. So if you’re not happy with something, odds are you can change it.
2. Apple understands consumers
Apple understands what consumers want and how they will use a particular product. That comes through in all the products the company sells, including its iOS platform. Google, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to understand consumers as well as it could. It’s certainly doing a better job than most companies, but it still has a long way to go to match Apple. In fact, Google’s consumer understanding seems to be more Microsoft-like than Apple-like. And that could be a problem—especially for its operating system—down the line.
Response: Apple understands consumers are stupid and that advertising can brain-wash them, that’s what they understand. Case in point, look at the new Macbook Air’s that run Intel Core2Duo processors that came out in 2008. A $1599 laptop with almost a 3 year old CPU… It’s revolutionary!!!!111 ‘Nuf said
Multitasking on iOS is a key reason why Apple has enjoyed such success in the mobile market. For years, consumers were hoping for true multitasking; for years, the company made no promises. But in iOS 4, multitasking is running on the iPhone. Because of that, Google has a long way to go to match anything Apple is currently offering.
4. Folders make it all OK
Apple’s iOS platform is better than Android 2.2 for several major reasons. But one of the minor things that consumers should think about is Apple’s operating system’s folder support. With little effort, consumers can quickly create folders, lump similar programs together, and more. It provides a rewarding experience. And it’s a concept that Google has to play catch-up with.
Response: Don’t even have words for this one.
5. Ease of use must come into play
In any evaluation between two operating systems, ease of use must play a role. After all, if a particular operating system is easier to use for the average consumer than is another, it should get the nod. In this case, iOS 4 easily gets the nod–Apple’s operating system is simply easier to use. What’s more, it doesn’t suffer from the strange quirks that arise on Android due to vendors trying to tailor the user experience to their own products.
Response: This ties into number one.
One of the main issues with Android 2.2 is that the software doesn’t respond as effectively as it should when compared with iOS. Does that mean there is a responsiveness issue with Android 2.2? Absolutely not. In fact, compared with other operating systems, it holds up quite well. But Apple’s platform is different. It’s just that iOS simply provides more responsiveness when users interact with it. It could be extremely difficult for Google match that any time soon.
Response: Finally, another semi-valid point! Android does exist on a lot of low-end hardware, this is a fact. It’s also on this hardware that the OS seems to struggle, so that put’s a bad taste into people’s mouths in regards to Android. These people need to play with Evo’s, Droids, Galaxy S phones, etc etc, to see what Android is really capable of.
7. Too many variations
Because Android is an open platform, vendors that get their hands on the operating system can change it however they see fit. That openness creates an environment across the Android ecosystem that loses uniformity and provides variations of the Android operating system on different phones. The result is sometimes spotty performance that must be taken into account when evaluating differences between iOS and Android.
Response: I would say this applies to actual Android OS versions and not UI’s like this point seems to target. Android does have a fragmentation problem, yes. However, that problem is improving every day. We need to voice our concerns to manufacturers about this, by both contacting them and not buying their stupid devices that are being released with Android 1.6 (ViewSonic Viewpad 10!!) Like I said though, this is improving and Android 2.2 and 2.1 make the majority of the Android OS market now.
8. Apple’s App Store
Apple’s App Store is integral to the success of iOS 4. With hundreds of thousands of applications, Apple’s marketplace is the best place to find programs that appeal to both consumers and enterprise customers. Admittedly, Google’s Android Market has been growing at a rapid rate, but it has a long way to go to match Apple’s store.
Response: This is true. Apple’s 200,000 fart apps outnumber Android’s 75,000 fart apps. This is why I cry myself to sleep every night. But seriously, Android has new, quality apps released for it every day, and develpers who choose to not develop for Android will find their pocketbooks hurting in the future.
9. iTunes integration
Whenever users pick up an iOS-based device, they can access iTunes from the product. That’s extremely important. It provides them with an end-to-end entertainment experience that isn’t so readily available on Android. After all, iTunes is the world’s top music store. If only Apple’s products have direct access to it, few could make the case that Google’s offering can best Apple’s.
Response: Amazon Mp3 + your music syncing software of choice > iTunes
10. The tablet issue
Google has said that Android 2.2 is not designed for tablets. Apple doesn’t have that issue with iOS 4. Currently, iOS 3 is running on the iPad. But this month, Apple plans to offer iOS 4 integration with its tablet. When that happens, the company will prove that its operating system is the best choice for just about anyone trying to go mobile. Then the onus will be on Google to respond.
Response: Yup this is true, which is why we have Android 3.o
So there you have it. What do you guys think about these points? About what I said? Let us know in the comments