The five reasons why Android is killing Apple

June 28, 2013

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    Despite Apple’s best attempts to rejuvenate its stale software, and for all it’s glitz and glamour, I don’t believe that iOS 7 will change the current balance of power. My reasoning: because it fails to address key issues which separate Apple and Android.

    I know some people will argue that Apple isn’t interested in the same markets as Android, and that it’s not the company’s goal to try and please everyone, which is fair enough. But my rebuttal is that the technology industry is brutal; it’s survival of the fittest, and those who don’t adapt will fall by the wayside.

    So, in no particular order, here are my top five reasons for Android’s success over Apple:

    1 – Hardware diversity

    Perhaps the most obvious reason for Android’s more recent dominance in the mobile market is because the operating system is simply available to a larger number of people. Apple’s relatively high price point for its products keeps them out of reach of many consumers, especially when it comes to emerging markets. Whilst Apple is maintaining a strong market share in some of the world’s top economies, the US, Japan, Europe, etc, it’s lagging significantly behind other manufactures in other markets.

    Android, on the other hand, has a range of manufacturers producing a range of products. Without a central company dictating when new top of the line phones are released, Samsung, HTC, Sony, etc, are available to offer the very highest spec products as soon as new technologies become available, offering the best top of the line devices to consumers. We’ve seen over the course of just three months, faster and more powerful smartphones than ever before, whilst Apple is still stuck on last generation hardware technologies.

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    The HTC One, for example, offers much better hardware than Apple’s iPhone 5. Android handsets are constantly evolving, offering consumers the best hardware on the market.

    At the other end of the spectrum, the same companies are free to design smartphones and tablets which meet more budget price ranges, whilst still providing consumers with a decent smartphone experience thanks to the Android OS. This is proving to be a particularly strong business idea in emerging markets.

    Now, whilst Apple may not be interested in lowering its price to meet the needs of these markets right now, today’s emerging markets are tomorrow’s wealthy economies. By ignoring consumers at this early stage, Apple risks facing an uphill battle against a more established brand, Android for example, if it decides to try and sell products in these markets in the future.

    But it’s not just a problem with the price; Apple’s product line-up is also extremely limited for even high-end purchasers. Currently you’re stuck with a choice of just one size and spec of phone, which whilst easy for Apple to maintain, means that consumers can’t opt for a larger screen size, additional storage, or whatever other features they might prefer to have attached to their handset or tablet.

    Samsung devices size infographic

    Just look at all that choice, and this is just from one Android manufacturer.

    Take the Galaxy Note series of smartphones for example, they’ve proved to be extremely popular as they offer customers a unique experience which can’t be had with traditional 5 inch or smaller smartphones. Sony and HTC, amongst other companies, are eager to catch-up in the market space, but Apple’s stubbornness to keep its product portfolio small is restricting its ability to meet real consumer demand.

    Similarly, smaller tablets are another prime example of Apple’s inflexibility. I’m sure we all remember Apple dismissing 7 inch tablets as too small to be useful, and then laughed wholeheartedly when the company announced the iPad Mini. Apple’s problem is that is seems to think that it can best dictate what consumers want, whereas Android lets the market decide, and recently this approach has worked very well in Android’s favour.

    2 – Competition and innovation

    But it’s not just a battle between Google and Apple, each manufacturer utilizing the Android operating system is in direct competition with everyone else, which had led to a much faster pace in innovation. There’s a distinct advantage in offering consumers something which they can’t get anywhere else — look at the recent top of the line Samsung and HTC products, the Galaxy S4 and the One, for example.

    Now whilst you might love or hate TouchWiz or Sense, there’s no denying that both of the company’s have invested a lot of resources in improving their own handsets above and beyond the basic Android experience, in order to stand out above the competition. Consider the massive range of additional software piled in with the Galaxy S4: exercise tracking software, better multitasking functionality, and additional camera settings, amongst plenty of other things. HTC, on the other hand, has invested heavily in its BoomSound system, Sense 5, and BlinkFeed, which offers consumers a different experience to Samsung’s.

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    Android lets you chose from the best of the best, pick from the features which matter most to you. Apple’s one size fits all policy stifles innovation.

    But this doesn’t just apply to software; the HTC One aimed to provide a top quality audio experience above that of Samsung’s, whereas Samsung attempted to win over some consumers with the faster Exynos 5 Octa processor. Similarly, Sony’s Xperia Z boasts extra features such as waterproofing and improved scratch resistance, something which Samsung has since copied with the Galaxy S4 Active after identifying that it was a great idea that consumers wanted.

    Furthermore, the next line-up of smartphones are already gearing up to take advantage of faster processing technologies, like the Snapdragon 800, in order to place themselves ahead of the current crop of smartphones, which is possibly why we’ve been hearing rumors of a beefed up Galaxy S4 as well. It’s a constant battle to offer the best products, which is a massive win for consumers.

    This level of internal competition doesn’t exist with Apple products, and it shows when you look at the much slower rate of progress taking place with the iPhone.

    3 – Open source, free market system

    You’ve probably noticed that a lot of Android’s strength stem from its open nature, which allows third parties to do what they want with the platform in order to offer consumers products which they would like to use. This has seen Android leap ahead of iOS in recent years, and has helped the platform capture larger and larger shares of the smartphone and tablet markets, but it’s also spun off a range of entirely new products.

    Android has already broken into the gaming space, in a way which Apple hasn’t even started to think about, thanks to Kickstarter projects like Gamestick and OUYA, and even projects funded by big companies like Nvidia. Nvidia Shield is an excellent example of a company utilizing Android in a fairly unique way, offering a handheld gaming platform with all the functionality of a full operating system. Apple certainly isn’t doing any of this, which again is going to introduce more and more consumers to the Android ecosystem whilst Apple remains stuck with its current clientele.

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    No Apple products here…

    There have also been a whole range of other Android powered products which have appeared thanks to innovative third party companies. Plenty of manufacturers are now offering mini Android PCs, often in the form of a USB stick sized device, which bring computing into your living room for around $50 or less. There’s a range of Android TV products as well, which give users access to a range of media options in the living room.

    We haven’t even talked about software yet, but now’s a good a time as any. Of course, Apple fans will likely say that the Google Play Store is full of rubbish apps and that the App Store takes in a lot more money, which is true, to some extent at least anyway. But firstly, the amount of money the store makes isn’t necessarily in the best interest of consumers. Android has plenty of cheap or free apps which are great, so the money issue is just a silly one.

    As far as app quality goes, it’s certainly true that there are some poor quality apps on the Play Store, but it doesn’t usually take long for these to be exposed and weeded out. The rating system certainly does its job, and most of the regularly downloaded apps in the Google Store are as good as anything found in Apple’s store. In fact, the ease in which apps and software can be uploaded to the Play Store is one of Android’s strengths, as it allows developers to easily and quickly respond to consumer demand, rather than having to wait eons for authorisation from Apple.

    4 – Strong developer community

    This brings us neatly onto the next point, a strong and ever growing developer community.

    We all know that there are a variety of custom ROMs for a start, each offering unique features, porting the default Android experience to handset which would otherwise go without, and some aiming to improve system performance. ROMs like CyanogenMod have proven hugely popular because of their punctual updates for handsets which otherwise would go without the latest versions of Android, and others like Paranoid Android are intent on innovating on the default Android experience.

    android custom roms

    Take your pick. If you don’t like your current version of Android, there are plenty of other custom ROMs available to suit your needs.

    Some community driven developments, like notification features for example, have even gone on to be incorporated into official versions of Android. With more minds working on the same problem, you’re far more likely to achieve superior results than deciding everything with a select group of individuals behind closed doors.

    Another example is the custom MIUI ROM, which has proven so popular that handsets pre-installed with the ROM sold out almost as soon as they were announced. Thousands of consumers with products that they want spawned from a third party developer, bringing even more consumers into the Android fold without Google having to lift a finger.

    Android attracts innovation from both hardware and software developers

    But it’s not just customs ROMs which are helping to drive Android’s popularity. We’ve already discussed the wide range of apps available, but developers are also more than happy to work on free projects to address the needs of certain parts of the Android community.

    Samsung users will probably remember the Exynos processor root exploit which was plaguing various Galaxy handsets a few months back. The problem was initially addressed and patched by members of the development community well before Samsung put out their own updates. Whilst this issue isn’t particularly a selling point for Android itself, having a development community which can access the platform so easily has a huge number of benefits above Apple’s closed platform.

    Similarly, look at the new privacy tools in development by the creator of CyanogenMod. In the light of the recent NSA data collecting scandal he saw a need for greater privacy and was able to immediately begin working on addressing people’s concerns, without having to wait for an official update, if one would ever come. I love that community members can so easily be creative with the platform, and whilst it certainly won’t be a major selling point for everyone, developers are what keep the platform moving forwards, it’s another huge benefit to innovation for Android compared with iOS.

    But the developer community doesn’t just benefit those who are looking to mess about with the serious stuff under the hood, there are a vast variety of more simply tweaks which most users can take advantage of. Themes are an excellent example of user created content which is easily installed on most Android devices, there are thousands of custom icon packs too, and a plethora of different launchers which help users tweak their Android experience to exactly how they like it. Android works great out of the box, but unlike Apple, Google allows us to tinker away in whatever manner we see fit, to tailor the experience to exactly what we want, and that’s a big selling point for a lot of consumers.

    5 – The Google ethos

    Many of the reasons Android is doing so well listed above don’t really have anything to do with Google, but that isn’t to say that the company isn’t pulling its weight. Google has created a range of free applications which improve the users experience over the default operating system, and it’s constantly trying out new ideas and scrapping old ones which don’t work.

    Google’s commitment to big data also gives the company a large edge over its competitors. Over the past decade Google has undertaken a huge number of projects aimed at giving users better access to the huge amounts of information stored on the web, ranging from obvious applications like Maps, to optimizations and improvements with its search engine. Google Now is an excellent example of Google’s innovation in this space, pulling information from a much larger set of data specifically for a user when they need it.

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    Need something done? Google has you covered.

    I suppose that this can best be summed up by Google’s willingness to experiment with various aspects of its ecosystem. Google Glass is a prime example of an idea which could well flop, but even so, the company is willing to invest time and money to see if it works. It’s this approach which has given the company a massive edge over its competitors, like Apple and Microsoft, when it comes to being on the cutting edge of web technologies. Android, as one of Google’s main projects, reaps the benefits of the company’s experimentation and innovation.

    Looking at the situation in reverse, it’s hard to pinpoint anything interesting or experimental that Apple has done in recent years. The company is totally starved for unique projects by comparison, and does nothing to encourage or inspire third party development of its platform either. This can be seen in Apple’s recently rather uninspired unveiling of iOS 7, which in many ways is simply playing catch-up to Android.

    To be fair, iOS 7 certainly has its good points but it’s simply not as a creative or innovative platform as Android, for all of the reasons mentioned above. Android attracts innovation from both hardware and software developers, which, in my opinion, is the main reason why our favourite mobile operating system is killing Apple.

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    Comments

    • Saul Viayra

      Better software screen size quad and octa core processors and always changing

    • http://www.asus.co.uk/studyinstyle Adam Smith

      Great read. That picture of the Samsung devices amazed me :o

      • Paul Taylor

        That’s actually the range of Samsung devices in the *UK*, not including elsewhere in the world – or so I read somewhere. TBH I think Samsung have probably overdone it slightly LOL.

      • Simon Fearby

        And scares developers away

    • Mayoo

      Apple’s biggest move since IPhone 1 : “Hey, bigger screen = one more icon row.”

      • Doan

        LTE support was a nice move, as well. … … ..two years after Android implemented it.

        • Varun Arora

          When the masses really started using LTE and when the carriers provided the coverage at all places

          • Doan

            You bring up a good point: Android knows what technology is going be valuable to the consumer, and implements it early on.

            • Varun Arora

              Yes.Apple gives things in installments…so that’s why a lot of people have to upgrade with each new Iphone

            • On a Clear Day

              If you or I built a smart phone and only allowed it to change by little, itty bitty baby steps over a period of five years – little bit more memory, little bit faster processor, little bit better camera – same size except when the big moment came to add one more rows worth of length – was that a 1/2 or a 1/4 inch? Then we too could crow about and point with false pride of accomplishment at a silly, essentially useless “advantage” the iPhone has over Android which Apple says is so fragmented.

              Well, what’s so difficult about keeping up to date a device that for all practical purposes is almost exactly the same as when it started out because it hasn’t changed substantively in years?

              Those that can do – those that can’t find ways to spin things to make it appear they are the best.

          • Doan

            You bring up a good point: Android knows what technology is going be valuable to the consumer, and implements it early on.

        • mobilemann

          what did android have to do with it? Not much. qualcomm and the same people make the same LTE chipsets for both platforms. Apple just jumped in when they didn’t need 3 chipsets for it.

          • Doan

            Android had everything to do with it. They implemented it.. two years before anyone else. That’s an eternity in the tech world. Apple was very late to the party.

            • mobilemann

              you have to be kidding… let me ask you this. Do you think they implemented it faster because apple couldn’t figure out how to ask Qualcomm for LTE drivers? kids.

            • Doan

              Google and manufacturers implemented LTE into Android because they knew it was the future of smartphones.

            • mobilemann

              oh, you really do think apple didn’t see this….. and just wasn’t waiting for chipsets combining 3g and LTE radios / waiting for the carrier build outs. Just shows how out of touch with reality half the people are who comment here. ffs.

            • Doan

              Apple was waiting to ensure it would become openly accepted as mainstream before implementing it. That’s what Apple does. They did the same with larger-than-3.5-inch screens. They waited until other manufactures took the leap rather than being the tech leader and doing it themselves.

            • mobilemann

              implementing LTE first makes you a tech leader? What did HTC and Sprint get for wiimax? :O I know what their users got, (no where near 4g speeds, terrible ping, and the network is now being deconstructed for LTE nodes) No, apple actually played that one smart imo. The first LTE phones had horrible battery life. I’m glad you had LTE early and enjoyed it. That’s why we have choice to get an android or iphone, or wp7. But using that info to say apple was incompetent since it “couldn’t” implement LTE back then is false, and makes you look like one of the idiot cheerleaders that are so common on these forums.

            • Doan

              I didn’t say Apple was incompetent, nor did I say they couldn’t implement LTE. I said they didn’t, and implied they should have. Some risks pay off, some don’t. Having 4 inch screens and LTE for two years before Apple paid off great, allowing Android to take over the international smartphone market majority. There is no innovation without risk, and since the original iPhone & iPad, Apple has been following, rather than innovating.

            • mobilemann

              that’s not entirely true, although they sure aren’t providing the industry with the innovation they had in the past. Like for example, applications that know your usage habits and only update in the background. That is apple out googling google:D Currently there’s not much you can do in one that you can’t in the other; and just like iOS users can thank google for tons of API’s, Google users can thank apple and MS for butter, and most of the optimization going into 4.3:D

            • Doan

              I agree with most of what you said, although Google Now, which is a primary focus of Android, is specifically designed to alter itself based on the user’s habits, so that’s just another feature both platforms share. There are also quality 3rd party applications such as Snapdragon BatteryGuru by Qualcomm that adapts the device to a user’s usage pattern. But then there’s still NFC to worry about..

            • On a Clear Day

              Playing it safe is what little old ladies with osteoporosis afraid to walk too fast lest they stumble, fall and break someting do mobilemann.

              It is not what a company whose press touts it as being innovate and revolutionary and an industry leader in technology does.

              You can’t have it both ways – be a slow, short legged dog and suggest to people that you are actually a cheetah.

            • On a Clear Day

              Probably someone there who was concerned about keeping up did figure it out and wanted to see it put in the iPhone ASAP – but ran into a brick wall of capricious authority in keeping with the lovely character of Apple’s now departed Executive in Chief and go over ruled.

              Doan is correct mobilemann – two years in the tech world is an eternity and anyone who follows (and cares) about advanced tech would have immediately picked up on the fact that Apple was falling behind in this – as well as – in the myriad of other areas it currently lags behind the rest of the modern tech world that was smart enough to realize you either fight to keep up – or you get left behind.

              Law of the Free Market Jungle: You cannot ever sit on your laurels (or a basket of Apples) and bask in light of your past success, which was outdated the moment you made it.

            • mobilemann

              “fall and break someting do mobilemann.” now, not being able to spell something is annoying enough; but you clearly also use “do” for “to”. This to me, says i’ve invoked a emotional response; or english is not your first language, and I apologize.

              In the real world; you will find the vast majority of the readers in this forum are technological luddites, it’s sad to only see tech from one viewpoint; i’m providing another:D. I can’t wait for Google to steal apple’s intelligent app updating concept personally, i think that would really really help android battery life.

          • rabidhunter

            Litigation is Apple’s innovation. They have lead the charge in the courtroom and with buyouts.
            Siri wasn’t an Apple innovation. It was being developed for Android. It’s just that Apple bought it out before it was finished.

            • mobilemann

              Your point? Android was bought by Google. It’s cute and incredibly naive that you think apple has played a significantly worse game than any other company

            • rabidhunter

              Just that it makes you squirm and reply. You realize that I am making sport of you, right?

            • mobilemann

              by reading my comments, and replying to them? That’s called participating in a forum. You’re new here, huh? I wish you the best of luck:D

      • Doan

        LTE support was a nice move, as well. … … ..two years after Android implemented it.

      • Varun Arora

        and copying android and windows phone in 2013 n label it as IOS 7

        • mobilemann

          Yeah, my favorite feature they copied was that intelligent background app update, where the phone recognizes user usage patterns and set’s up app update schedules around them to make the phone more battery efficient.

          oh wait, that’s on neither wp or android! oops!

          • Muttley

            Absolutely game changing that feature. I don’t know how my phone survives a 5mb update over wifi when I get to work in the morning!

            • mobilemann

              lol ~ it would help in an area android is not good in, battery life, and speed up the phone for other tasks. It’s pure win.

    • David Padilla

      Better app review policy is the sixth for me… Apple is turning into a giant powered by pedals. They are adapting to the new tech slowly… very slowly. We submitted an augmented reality app last week and they refuse it because in their words: “it only had AR functionality” and if we wanna move forward we need to include NOT AR content on it… ¿?¿?¿? Do you understand that??

      • Craig Jones

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      • Craig Jones

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      • Ivan Myring

        Really! God that’s so stupid. Always beating up the little guy. Still, now we know. iOS 7.1 new features:
        AR
        Proper Bluetooth.

        • David Padilla

          Yep. Unbelievable. I think the word “stupid” is not quite enough to define that :) it seems like if they forgot when they built computers in a garage… all the companies start from little and they more than any other must remember that.

    • Remigiusz Nowak

      Great article!

      • nosmohtac

        I agree! Great article, but the first few points were hard for me to focus on with all of the whilsts and amongsts. It might just be my lack of sleep though.

    • Remigiusz Nowak

      Great article!

    • forza

      reasons come from both apple & android.

      apple is becoming dick recently, less innovate & more sue competitor. it’s clear that apple degrade themselves.

      android 2 ultimate power:
      1. CHOICE.
      2. FREEDOM.

      • bob

        Apple have been a Dick since 1983

        • Paul Taylor

          Be fair, iPod socks weren’t bad.

      • mobilemann

        does buying an apple product somehow prevent you from having the choices of android and WP devices? i own many iOS and Android devices… No one told me you had to be an idiot fanboy to do so.

        • rabidhunter

          It’s that they sue anything that even has even the remotest similarity to any of their products, yet copy everyone else ala iOS 7

          • mobilemann

            You do know, Nokia started the patent wars right? I think your preference of phone manufacturer has altered your perception of what actually goes on. Must be horrible to be such a fan boy

            • rabidhunter

              Which is why I don’t have a Nokia WP either. I just calls em as I sees em. Call me a fan boy, if you will. I just can’t buy into the litigation = innovation then copy tactic.

            • mobilemann

              I just call it how I see it too. Good luck finding a oem who hasn’t sued. Or just be a massive hypocrite.

    • forza

      reasons come from both apple & android.

      apple is becoming dick recently, less innovate & more sue competitor. it’s clear that apple degrade themselves.

      android 2 ultimate power:
      1. CHOICE.
      2. FREEDOM.

      • bob

        Apple have been a Dick since 1983

    • Paul Allen

      C’mon now, Apple gives you plenty of hardware choice. You can get the iPhone with either a 3.5″ or 4″ screen, and the iPod Touch in 3.5″, 4″, 8″ or 9.7″. :-)

      Apple’s silent hypocrisy is sometimes too much to take. Jailbroken iOS users had wifi-sync for years but everyone pretended it didn’t exist until Apple implemented it. Same with custom wallpapers. Years before Safari got Reading List, I was using a third party app called Instapaper to do the same thing and then some… but again, it wasn’t cool until Apple ‘thought of it’.

      For years, I’ve been more than willing to sacrifice up to half of my iPod Classic’s 15-plus-hour battery life in exchange for a built-in, 5-band, graphic EQ, but what did Apple think the Classic needed more? Video playback. Shut up and make do with the genre-based presets. Thanks to Android and Samsung, I no longer have to choose between ‘listening to music in a way that sounds good to my ears’ OR ‘fit my entire collection on one device’.

      Apple can go on pretending they are God, and their customers can go on believing it. Like the old man used to say, “lot’s of people think you can only catch catfish at night, and as long as it means fewer people on the riverbank getting in my way, I let ‘em go on believing it.”

      • http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=2926289 Jasonwsc

        I never used equaliser on iPod 5G, but the truth is, their products work perfectly fine for most people. Truth be told, daring individuals like us are the minority. Not many people jailbreak, root or unlock bootloaders, and Apple is just catering to the mass market.

        Still, I love to have the choice if I can, especially if Apple continues fking up iOS, forcing me to ditch it altogether. Not having a working Siri on my iPad 2 is unbelivably annoying.

        FYI, my Xperia is rooted, bootloader unlocked and running a custom rom.

        • Paul Taylor

          “their products work perfectly fine for most people” – but most people use Android, don’t they?

      • mobilemann

        apple stopped making product that fit you. I don’t understand why you can’t understand they are still a better solution for some others?

    • Paul Allen

      C’mon now, Apple gives you plenty of hardware choice. You can get the iPhone with either a 3.5″ or 4″ screen, and the iPod Touch in 3.5″, 4″, 8″ or 9.7″. :-)

      Apple’s silent hypocrisy is sometimes too much to take. Jailbroken iOS users had wifi-sync for years but everyone pretended it didn’t exist until Apple implemented it. Same with custom wallpapers. Years before Safari got Reading List, I was using a third party app called Instapaper to do the same thing and then some… but again, it wasn’t cool until Apple ‘thought of it’.

      For years, I’ve been more than willing to sacrifice up to half of my iPod Classic’s 15-plus-hour battery life in exchange for a built-in, 5-band, graphic EQ, but what did Apple think the Classic needed more? Video playback. Shut up and make do with the genre-based presets. Thanks to Android and Samsung, I no longer have to choose between ‘listening to music in a way that sounds good to my ears’ OR ‘fit my entire collection on one device’.

      Apple can go on pretending they are God, and their customers can go on believing it. Like the old man used to say, “lot’s of people think you can only catch catfish at night, and as long as it means fewer people on the riverbank getting in my way, I let ‘em go on believing it.”

    • simpleas

      Love that Samsung product size comparison image. Awesome lol!

    • simpleas

      Love that Samsung product size comparison image. Awesome lol!

    • Greg Cardall

      So I’m just curious – on all the Apple fanboy sites, do they have these same type’s of articles but flipped the other way? “Apple is all about ingenuity and user experience. Instead of offering hundreds of phones with so many hardware configurations to make one’s head spin, Apple conveniently tells us the size of phone we get to buy, and that’s what makes Apple so superior!” …just wondering…

      • Prince_Clovis

        That’s what makes Apple INferior. One size DOESN’T fit all. Android has something that Apple needs to adapt: the power of choice. That and a whole lot of features that make one’s day easier such as Google now, using your phone without touching it, S pen, etc. Apple’s 1st gen OS has been proven obselete in many areas. Don’t point out the flaws of something that is better than what you have cause I promise you that the list of flaws in IOS is much longer than the one in Android (if they’re are any lol).

    • Greg Cardall

      So I’m just curious – on all the Apple fanboy sites, do they have these same type’s of articles but flipped the other way? “Apple is all about ingenuity and user experience. Instead of offering hundreds of phones with so many hardware configurations to make one’s head spin, Apple conveniently tells us the size of phone we get to buy, and that’s what makes Apple so superior!” …just wondering…

      • Prince_Clovis

        That’s what makes Apple INferior. One size DOESN’T fit all. Android has something that Apple needs to adapt: the power of choice. That and a whole lot of features that make one’s day easier such as Google now, using your phone without touching it, S pen, etc. Apple’s 1st gen OS has been proven obselete in many areas. Don’t point out the flaws of something that is better than what you have cause I promise you that the list of flaws in IOS is much longer than the one in Android (if they’re are any lol).

        • mobilemann

          or, apple is just one of many choices. They focus on their smaller product like to just try and make them better. If you are not in that scope of focus, then why should you care? Something else will serve you better, which i’m glad you found. Also, as someone who’s more of a power user than probably 95% of the people here; please let me know what i can’t do with my iOS devices. Currently, i have no problems checking in on IP cameras, controlling remote computers (vnc over openvpn) or anything like that. (not that i do for my android really either) And they homogenize more and more each day. It used to be i still couldn’t get two way audio going in my IP cam setup, but there’s finally an app for that on android. And it used to be that you couldnt’ get open vpn without jailbreaking, but that’s no longer the case either. Unless you really need to be told what you have is the best; in which case, your just another sad kid.

      • kascollet

        Yes, there are sometimes that kind of articles on the other side.
        For example : http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/06/29/editorial_can_apple_survive_2013.html

        • nishantsirohi123

          this article that you shared made my day
          now i know why apple users act like sheep
          the article is so full of itself

          i still remember how steve jobs showed a statistics showing the number of apps in their app store compared with competitors

          • mobilemann

            you do know that you are the apple fan reading that article right? This shit here, is literally the exact same thing in reverse.

            Wow kid. wow.

            • nishantsirohi123

              did i miss something
              cuz i am accessing the site with my note 2

            • mobilemann

              you did miss something, i guess re-read my comment again. I was noting how your comment was exactly the same as an apple fanboy’s comment in an apple thread. Your the same commenter, just in reverse. It’s equally as pathetic. I just wanted you to know.

            • rabidhunter

              And they have a right to their opinion just as I have a right to mine. And you have the right to be equally as pahtetic, which you have just done but in a spectacular fashion. Congratulations on that.

        • rabidhunter

          Wow, I read that, I was like, “BS, BS, BS.”

          • kascollet

            Reading fanboy sites like AA or AI is sometimes a bit sad, but always funny !

      • mobilemann

        yes, it’s just as stupid.

    • Mike Bastable

      Why doesn’t Android Authority and many readers just not GET IT when it comes to Apple?

      First, to stop all the flaming: I use Android, i have a Nexus 7 and Xperia Z.

      I use a iMac, and i have an iPad.

      Apple does not want to create a huge range of products or differing phones, it wants to create (what it views) as Great products, for its customers. Large base, small base. Just look at the Apple TV, its a hobby, any other company would add apps and stuff, but Apple keeps it as a hobby. Apple was initially a great partner of Samsung (indeed fueling Samsung’s profits allowing them to increase R&D and make new phones), they just object to blatant theft, which is basically what Sammy did with the initial Galaxy phones. Even now they are partners in many areas. Samsung, as far as Apple is concerned, is welcome to the mass market, lower margin products (because Apple could never compete there) and Apple will continue to focus on higher end products with Apple profit margins. They continually state this at EVERY opportunity, product launch and financial report. Apple WILL not bow to pressure to protect market share by releasing cheap products, they will however retool the product line as consumer needs change and to adjust their profitability.

      I just don’t get the hate? it is like people are becoming Football hooligans and losing the capacity to admire the other team.

      Android will for now remain nr1, Apple nr2 and the rest will fight for scraps. Someone somewhere is thinking or working on a new idea that will eventually blow both away, as is always the case with Tech.

      Only Apple makes iOS products, they could never hope to serve and dominate the global market alone. Android is a collection of companies and to do a straight comparison, as is done above, is pointless and slightly silly, even if the points made are true they have no real context or relevance to the real market and the real future of Android.
      THAT future depends on good quality updates and manufacturers actually being able to MAKE MONEY selling Android phones (which many do not at the moment)…it will be interesting to see how this all pans out and which Android OEMs survive the next year.
      By the way i love iOS7. looks cool, but i am more excited for Key Lime Pie!

      • Prince_Clovis

        Apple won’t start selling cheaper Iphones you say? They’re actually working on a plastic iphone to be released late this year or early next year. Now why would they be doing that if they’re “so well”? It’s because they now they’re being threatened by better companies like Samsung. Change is coming. Apple needs to realize that. And those who don’t change with it, will be left behind.

    • Mike Bastable

      Why doesn’t Android Authority and many readers just not GET IT when it comes to Apple?

      First, to stop all the flaming: I use Android, i have a Nexus 7 and Xperia Z.

      I use a iMac, and i have an iPad.

      Apple does not want to create a huge range of products or differing phones, it wants to create (what it views) as Great products, for its customers. Large base, small base. Just look at the Apple TV, its a hobby, any other company would add apps and stuff, but Apple keeps it as a hobby. Apple was initially a great partner of Samsung (indeed fueling Samsung’s profits allowing them to increase R&D and make new phones), they just object to blatant theft, which is basically what Sammy did with the initial Galaxy phones. Even now they are partners in many areas. Samsung, as far as Apple is concerned, is welcome to the mass market, lower margin products (because Apple could never compete there) and Apple will continue to focus on higher end products with Apple profit margins. They continually state this at EVERY opportunity, product launch and financial report. Apple WILL not bow to pressure to protect market share by releasing cheap products, they will however retool the product line as consumer needs change and to adjust their profitability.

      I just don’t get the hate? it is like people are becoming Football hooligans and losing the capacity to admire the other team.

      Android will for now remain nr1, Apple nr2 and the rest will fight for scraps. Someone somewhere is thinking or working on a new idea that will eventually blow both away, as is always the case with Tech.

      Only Apple makes iOS products, they could never hope to serve and dominate the global market alone. Android is a collection of companies and to do a straight comparison, as is done above, is pointless and slightly silly, even if the points made are true they have no real context or relevance to the real market and the real future of Android.
      THAT future depends on good quality updates and manufacturers actually being able to MAKE MONEY selling Android phones (which many do not at the moment)…it will be interesting to see how this all pans out and which Android OEMs survive the next year.
      By the way i love iOS7. looks cool, but i am more excited for Key Lime Pie!

      • Prince_Clovis

        Apple won’t start selling cheaper Iphones you say? They’re actually working on a plastic iphone to be released late this year or early next year. Now why would they be doing that if they’re “so well”? It’s because they now they’re being threatened by better companies like Samsung. Change is coming. Apple needs to realize that. And those who don’t change with it, will be left behind.

        • Piyush

          its just a rumour.

          • mobilemann

            i think they’ll do it, but that doesn’t make his post untrue, i was honestly shocked to see such common sense as @mikebastable:disqus provided.

        • Mike Bastable

          Indeed Apple seems to be working on many mythical devices: Game consoles, wearable tech, Jesus TVs etc…..i don’t believe it until i see it. Also the words “plastic” and “cheap” are always moot when it comes to Apple.A revised iPhone might eventually turn up with plastic elements but i certainly wont be cheap.

          • Paul Taylor

            Heard it all before. People said Apple would never enter the low-end music player market, but they did – with the *plastic* iPod shuffle. And that was under Jobs.

            • Mike Bastable

              I suppose u can call the shuffle an iPod, just, for me it was music while I jogged….until I got a decent phone with memory and sport headphones.
              A niche product for an identified niche market NOT an attempt to make a cheap iPod.
              They didn’t need to do that since the competition was awful, file protection, silly file formats etc…most OEMs learnt from their mistakes in challenging iPod and have made Android a huge success by avoiding similar mistakes this time round. Sony is only now recovering and making decent phones with standard open source standards.

      • Paul Taylor

        Wait… they want to build great products for their customers, but they don’t want to protect their market share? Surely market share and customers are inseparable??? Unless you’re trying to say that, even when there are only a hundred customers left, Apple will still be only interested in building great products for them…

        • Mike Bastable

          Paul!, please man, Apple clearly states time and time again that its products serve its Customer base, they obviously want customers (I am not an idiot) they just don’t need to dominate at the expense of quality of apple user experience.
          The coherent message of my post was clear, Apple has no problem with Google dominating with Android, because is an
          with its market share to flourish and be profitable. As it has always tried to do with all its products. Nor does Apple wish to be a niche player it just focuses on its strengths.
          Try to see the context please. Google is amazing with its range of services and huge Android open source development program. Apple is a wall garden, always has been, always will be. The two products are different in their approach to the smartphone as product. Both have strengths and weaknesses. I personally prefer android on my phone but love my iPad for its user experience, which is ideal for me, a long term Apple user. Android just gives me more options on my phone.

    • Oli72

      totally agree.

    • Oli72

      totally agree.

    • AndroidBrian

      Open source is #1 IMO. I know the list isn’t in any particular order. Just saying.

    • AndroidBrian

      Open source is #1 IMO. I know the list isn’t in any particular order. Just saying.

      • Simon Fearby

        How’s the virus scanner going on your open source phone, had any apps resigned with the android master key yet. Just saying.

    • Mindplague

      Wow! I couldn’t have said it better myself. Really well thought out and written piece.

    • Mindplague

      Wow! I couldn’t have said it better myself. Really well thought out and written piece.

    • blanco112

      More choice is not what all consumers want. I’ve know a few people who have asked me which Android phones are good and when I site the options just went and bought an iphone. They know what they are getting without a bunch of research and are happy with it. When buying an Android phone there are lots of things to consider (including significant software changes from manufacturers and carriers) and for some there are too many things to consider.

      • Paul Taylor

        Faced with that kind of mentality, the solution is clearly to avoid mentioning multiple models and just say “get a Samsung” or whatever. Who cares if it’s absolutely the best match for them, at least they’ll have a better phone than if they just bought an iPhone without thinking.

    • APai

      google uses its spare money to take risks in a lot of areas, even if trivial. apple 7 microsoft are only after “holy cash cows” and the next big thing. to be fair to the latter both, google makes its money off search and little in other areas.

      however, microsoft has been doing the same with office/ windows and they have been anything but innovative in the last few years, windows phone looks good – but it’s been only in the UI division, everywhere else they are hardly competitive

      • KT

        If you really believe that, you’re just naive… People use to speak about Apple’s cash, but they’re not speaking about actual cash, per se. Most of it are long-term marketable securities.

        But, anyway, we can compare Google, Microsoft and Apple cash equivalents and investments growth on par:

        Google:
        2008: $15.8 billion
        2012: $48.0 billion

        Microsoft:
        2008: $23.6 billion
        2012: $63.0 bilion

        Apple:
        2008: $24.5 billion
        2012: $121 billion

        And all of these companies declared “cash equivalents and investments” increases on every 10-K filling from 2008 to 2012. So, Google is no saint here… You might call it an “holy cash cow” as well.

        • Wildfire

          Google ain’t a phone maker or any other maker
          Most of google features are free unlike crapple. Android itself is free open source

          • KT

            Actually, Google became a phone maker as well as soon as it acquired Motorola, regardless of whether they profit with the business or not.

            AFAIK, you don’t need to pay anything to use most Apple features on iOS. The same might go for Android, but Google uses a different business model for Android than the one it uses for the web, at the moment. Web APIs have daily call limits and if you need more calls, you’ll need to pay Google.

            My point is that Google is as much of a company as Microsoft and Apple. They have responsibilities with their shareholders as Microsoft and Apple, and one of those responsibilities is to get increasingly profitable. If Google gets a monopoly they will monetize it as they see fit, as will Apple or Microsoft.

            • APai

              “If Google gets a monopoly they will monetize it as they see fit, as will Apple or Microsoft.”
              you are making an assumption that others see google being something other than a profit making entity.

            • KT

              Apple plays well with open source. They contribute on hundreds of open source projects. Chrome derived from WebKit, an Apple open source project, which is also the project that brought standards back to HTML rendering. Also, Darwin, the basis for iOS and Mac OS X is open source. It isn’t that much different from most Android phone manufacturers that use the open source OS with a proprietary UI on top.

              I’m pretty sure that Microsoft also contributes to open source. Probably without the same visibility as Google or Apple.

              And Google also has proprietary software, such as SketchUp and Google Earth.

              You mentioned broken standards, and mentioned one example caused by Microsoft. I believe that IE disrespect of standards might actually have been worse than OOXML, but since that problem is solving itself, I believe that Google Docs and Apple’s iWork for iCloud will finally break Microsoft’s grip over office suits.

              Still, I don’t see where Apple has broken existing standards.

            • APai

              I dint say apple broke open standards – that was meant for MS; beef with apple is with their walled garden

        • APai

          “If you really believe that, you’re just naive”
          what is it that you are talking about ? the holy cash cows i am talking about are the products that bring in steady revenue like windows & office for microsoft.
          of course, google will try to create cash cows isn’t that a given ? only thing is that right now , they only have one, and they are not afraid to create many. unlike microsoft and apple. microsoft is building a moat around themselves, walling off – like the direct X tech. apple does the same by building moats.

    • omg

      “But my rebuttal is that the technology industry is brutal”. You can’t be serious… Although you are aware that Apple do not target the same markets that Android does, but… you have this strong feeling that this is the way it is going to be. I do not see any facts that would prove your point. Any statistics showing that a sale is dramatically dropping year by year? No? Share price? Do not even try to use it…please. What about Microsoft? Is Android killing it too? It should according to your arguments. Do you really think that a company can only be successful if it meets these 5 points?

      Yes, the industry is brutal. Nokia, HTC and BB are the good examples of that. But Apple? Give me a break… This is yet another flame-war-like post and nothing more.

      • Nandi

        R U Retarded ??? Apple IS Losing Market Share All Over The World… Even In US… Apple’s Stock Price IS Going Down Dramatically ( Its Down To 396$ From 700$ Less Than A Year Ago… And Android Is Killing Microsoft (Windows Phone 8, Anyway)… Get Ur Facts Straight Apple Fanboi :P Do Some Market Analysis Before Talking Crap…

        • omg

          And a correlation between falling share price and Android is…? Do you know that the price reached 700 also relatively quickly? How will you explain that? There was no Android at that time? Surprise me with the facts please – not wishes. Again. Has the sale been dropping year by year? Have the Apple clients gave up massively their products for the sake of Android?

          Wow. Apple fanboy…you say. That is…fascinating. Last year I switched from IP 4S to SGN II. Yes, before I “talk crap” I at least try to look around/wider to be certain of my judgment. SGN II is a good deal for an ordinary user, but I do not see any advantage of the bigger screen. There is no such difference like between iPhone and iPad. TouchWiz does not impress me either – why on earth there are no gestures? So, what is the point? No, third-party launchers are not the right answer as far as the high-end device is concerned.

          Btw. I also have Panasonic, Microsoft, Samsung and LG hardware. Am I a fanboy of their? Seriously?

          “Do Some Market Analysis Before Talking Crap…”

          I have been doing it for a long time. But you simply crushed me so easily with your arguments…

          I look forward to seeing your reply, but… I am afraid I have to line up for iPhone 5S. I am already late…I hope you get my point. Cheers!

          • Mike Bastable

            Your points were well made OMG, Nandi points were true but totally based on a misunderstanding of why shares rise and fall, and also of the actual status of the Smartphone market (apple actually increased in the latest filings).

        • Mike Bastable

          Nandi, mate, not everyone who disagrees with this post is a fanboy: fanboys are at Apple blogs NOT Android Authority. Your points are vaguely accurate but miss the reasons why. Share prices often DO NOT reflect market share, there are many factors driving Apple share price down. History suggests that any new product launch in a new category will push them back up again. Google’s share price has remained reasonably constant during Android’s explosive growth: thus market share is not a good example for share price correlations. I would be willing to review YOUR market research if U wish to help U better get to grips with Share price fluctuations…just read Forbes dude.

          • Xennex1170

            I don’t know what price chart you are looking at but from looking at GOOG (Google) and AAPL (Apple) since Jan. 2009 (That’s pretty much as far back as it will show me at Etrade and should be good enough since both OSes existed in that time period) Google stock has risen from the low $300s to close at about $880 in the last week. In the same period AAPL has gone from about $100 to as high as just under $700 and to close at just under $400 this week. If the charts continue to trend as they are now I suspect Google’s market cap will match Apple’s within the next 6 months if not sooner.

            • Mike Bastable

              U made many great points through out this discussion, in reply to many people…thnx. Nice to see a decent debate back on Android Authority. Your point here is also well made regarding absolute share prices, i was actually alluding more to fluctuations designed and implemented by large scale investors to make and eran money and to capitalization.
              No one expects Goggle to catch Apple and Exxon short term (this year) because Google doesnt actually make much that they physically sell, to generate profit, and with the Ad revenue they must fight hard to remain dominant.
              However i should be more precise in my posting and will do so in future.
              The Article was awful, the discussion here rather good. Keep it up guys!

            • bruce

              Been following this discussion. Nandi made few good points but they weren’t elaborated enough. @Mike Bastable This article on why apple stock is going down is from forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2013/02/13/why-is-apple-stock-falling-down/ and though it says a lot about how stock market is just a gamble, and that there are chances apple’s fortunes may soon change for the better, It also presents some nice arguments on facts like lack of innovation, Outdated hardware, competition from android (especially samsung) and failing to tap the potential of emerging markets. And the correlations seem to be correct.

            • Mike Bastable

              Read the article too Bruce, before I posted, it also made some good points. I think this 2 year refresh cycle on phones is silly. My xperia z will still be awesome in 18 months. My old iPhone 4s is still a great phone. Some Android OEMs pump out these phones like crazy, look at all the S4 variants…
              …the Smartphone market seems to be changing and becoming more saturated. Both iPhone 5 and the S4 seem to have not sold at the levels expected prior to release (both of course did sell massively). Increased competition and better alternatives will challenge Apple and Samsung, and many others. I expect some new hardware from Apple soon in a new market sector. This will help them. A refreshed iOS will also assist. Samsung needs to buckle down hard on the build quality and a better fresher version of touch wiz.
              The future looks good for both companies. Both operating systems and both sets of fanboys, lol.
              I look forward to iPhone 10 and the bendable wearable washable mind blowing Galaxy S12…

          • bruce

            and I don’t seem to understand why @omg seems to think TouchWiz lacks gestures. There are indeed several touch gesture actions in TouchWiz (Ex: Palm swipe for screenshot) and better yet, a whole new set of motion controlled gestures like Direct Call, which I use dozens of times every day, Flip over to mute, Tilt to Zoom etc. and also features which use front camera like scrolling, smart stay (which actually works pretty well in my case, atleast during the day) Place palm to mute and so on.

    • http://www.sk1wbw.wordpress.com/ Wayne Williams

      Hardware diversity is not an inherent feature of an operating system. Why is this always brought up? And Android didn’t implement LTE. Once again, carriers implement LTE, the hardware manufacturers put the LTE chips in the phones. Android didn’t do this. Android is an OS, and nothing else.

      • Xennex1170

        True, HW diversity is not an inherent feature of an OS, however I believe it is always brought up because it is a highly influential factor in why Android is so much more prevalent in the world today. Yes, Android did not implement LTE, the carriers set up the network and OEMs manufactured phones that would take advantage of it. It is evident that Android OEMs, not Apple were first to use it on their phones giving them (and Android) an advantageous feature over other smartphone OSes.

        • http://www.sk1wbw.wordpress.com/ Wayne Williams

          It’s kind of a moot point now that iPhones have LTE, right? This kind of argument gets old and has zero merit. People could then turn around and say Google is lagging because Apple had a desktop/laptop OS before Google did, so now Google is late to the party. Right?

          • Xennex1170

            Yes, LTE is now a moot point. True, Google is “late to the party” in the case of the desktop/laptop space. However I think when they mention lagging behind it usually is about “feature sets” that your competitors are implementing ahead of you when you (in this case Apple) are the major/older player in the space. New players in established markets may bring new ideas that get absorbed by the more established players but rarely do they continue to become the dominant player and remain that way for more than a year at most, that’s expected. However when a major player consistently begins to be perceived as lagging behind their competitors, that becomes a pretty large minus in the eyes of Analysts and investors which leads to decisions that affect stock prices downwards.

    • Farbod

      Sometimes I feel sorry for these android fan sites writing such worthless articles about the competition.. Your articles won’t effect apple and its success. I would like no replies saying that I am an isheep as i am a nexus 4 user and i respect apples goals.

    • Jusephe

      Can’t innovate anymore my ass !

    • Rockwell mellow

      Who gives a crap, its just a phone.

      • Alan Shearer

        They used to be just phones, Today, they are so much more, and to some people, their only portal into the internet. To others, a media device, to others, a portable computer (and maybe the only one they have), to others, a portable videogame system, etc.

        The days of them being “just a phone” are long gone.

        • Rockwell mellow

          Not worth massive flame wars though.

          • Alan Shearer

            NOthing is worth massive flame wars, not even religion or politics, becasue people have free will, and are free to believe what they want, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others. Flame wars affect others and therefore are not worth it.

            Still phone are no longer just phones, they are now personal portable communication computers, that do more than just communication.

      • Paul Taylor

        You do.

        • Rockwell mellow

          Paul Taylor, the medium.

    • Martin

      I don’t agree with this article.
      Apple is in a difficult situation right now. They can’t adopt to the customer needs.
      And this is not the first time that this happened to a company. There are several examples in history. I found it in an interesting paper which I can’t find anymore.
      It basically said:
      Companies get less innovative as soon they are No. 1. The same thing is happening to Samsung right now. Where is the innovation between S3 and S4?

      And certainly I don’t want Android to kill Apple.
      Competition is the best thing that can happen to a market. And I don’t mean Android manufacturer competition. There is space for 3 operating systems at least.

      • http://www.sk1wbw.wordpress.com/ Wayne Williams

        Can you provide concrete evidence where Apple can’t meet the customer needs?

    • deepen03

      great article! So TRUE!

      • kascollet

        Sure. “Strong developer support” was the funniest part :-D

    • number29

      Although all of these points are (obviously) spun in Google’s favour, they can all pretty much be reversed and spun in Apple’s favour if you so desire.

      1) Hardware diversity. I am only one person, I only need one phone. That there are hundreds or thousands of varieties out there means nothing to me when I only need one. The fact that I have to choose between so many different models with a vast array of plus and minus points is a big disadvantage to the platform. It’s so much easier to pick an iPhone that meets your needs.

      2) Competition. Competition doesn’t just exist between Android device manufacturers. Apple is also part of that competitive landscape. If you don’t want what Apple offers, there are hundreds or thousands of other phones to choose from.

      3) Open Source. Is meaningless to me and probably most consumers. It offers no benefit over a closed system in the way I use my device.

      4) Strong Developer Community. Again, ties in with Open Source, this is essentially meaningless to me and again, probably most consumers. If it hasn’t come from the device manufacturer, Google or the Play Store, it’s of no interest to me. I simply do not have the interest or patience to find out how to root or mod my phone in anyway.

      5) The Google Ethos. I think the Google ethos of using it’s revenue from adverts to take over the smartphone OS market is a very dangerous precedent to set. I’m not entirely sure why some people cheer on the scenario where you’d be left with no choice but to use Android in one way or another; how is that good for consumers? I’d like to see Google be made to attach a license fee to Android so that the smartphone OS market is balanced out. It’s impossible for anyone to compete with ‘free’.

      And the real reason Android is so hugely successful is tied in with point 1; it’s available for cheap, which is where the vast majority of smartphone buyers belong. The high end Android phones get all the news and buzz, but the bulk of the numbers are made up at the lower end of the market.

      • Anthony Walker

        1. The problem is the iPhone with its outdated OS may not meet your needs. That’s why we need choices. And as the article states, choice leads to innovation.

        2. I don’t think Apple is a part of that competition. Apple has a strong fan base that will buy their products no matter what. There’s really no need for them to innovate and that’s been made abundantly clear for the past couple of years.

        3 &4. It does once the average consumer knows what your phone can do versus what an iPhone can do. I’ve encountered a lot of people who don’t know that an Android phone can do everything an iPhone can plus more. A couple of days ago a co-worker of mine didn’t know his Android phone could take a screenshot. He thought that was something unique to the iPhone.

        5. The only feature that you have to use on an Android phone is G-mail. You can opt out of everything else. In respect to Android having no licensing fee, Apple is in the same boat. Both have no licensing fees but for completely different reasons.

        Lastly, the cheaper Android phones are competing with the iPhone 4 and 4s so you have no point.

        • number29

          1) And the problem is Android phones with their outdated OS might also not meet your needs. Which is why we need more choices of OS on the market, not less!

          2) Apple is part of that competition. Any customer who buys an iPhone instead of something else is a customer lost for Android proponents. Apple most definitely does have to innovate and differentiate else they wouldn’t have any customers at all.

          3 & 4) Not knowing what an Android phone can do is a failing of the manufactures and networks selling these devices. You can’t blame Apple for doing a good job letting customers know what they can do with their devices.

          5) Apple doesn’t have a license fee because they don’t license iOS. I was thinking more along the lines of Windows Phone.

          And lastly, the iPhone 4 and 4S are far more expensive than the cheaper Android phones I had in mind (the 4 is about 3 times the cost of the Samsung Galaxy Ace for instance, which is one of Samsung’s most popular models).

          • Anthony Walker

            1. An outdated Android OS brings more features than iOS although it can be a little clunky. If you got an iPhone now you may actually be downgrading.

            2. I totally disagree. There’s a subset of consumers who would never consider buying anything over their precious iPhone so it’s really not a lost to Android. No innovation from Apple will still generate huge profits. It’s been happening the last couple of years.

            3 &4. It’s more of a perception problem. I lot of people just assume that the iPhone can do more than it’s capable of while assuming Android can do less than what it’s capable of. I don’t think that’s going to disappear anytime soon.

            5. Microsoft and Google are pursuing two different business models. Microsoft is looking to sell phones while Google is looking for advertising dollars. It makes perfect sense for Google to give away Android.

            Most people get a subsidize phone so the prices are the same. Why do you think the Galaxy Ace is one of Samsung’s most popular models?

            • number29

              1) More features alone doesn’t make one OS more advanced. How they are implemented and how useful they are also play a part. Getting an Android phone now is probably a downgrade from iOS.

              2) And there’s a subset of consumers who will only buy Android devices, so I’m sure they balance out those who will only buy Apple devices, so we can call that a moot point at best.

              3 & 4) Google and Android device manufacturers need to sort out their message.

              5) It makes perfect sense for Google to give away Android, but it comes at the expense of the end user experience because it’s not properly controlled.

              I don’t think the prices are the same. The Galaxy Ace can be had for free on even the cheapest contracts (about £7 per month) whereas the iPhone 4 costs about £20 per month to get the phone for free, so nearly 3 times as much as the Galaxy Ace. On PAYG, the Ace is £100 and the iPhone 4 is £300. I read a while ago that the Ace was one of Samsung’s best selling phones.

            • Anthony Walker

              1. I just haven’t seen any features that are better implemented on iOS. A simple task like choosing which app you want to use to open a file on iOS is project. I stand by my comment. It’s a downgrade.

              2. I’m not sure what does has to do with what I was responding to. Your comment was about innovation and a potential lost to Android. I pointed out that there’s no need for Apple to innovate because a subset of consumers will buy the iPhone not matter what. There’s motivation for Android OEMs to innovate because they’ll lose out to another Android OEM.

              3&4. There’s no message to sort out. People need to use the products themselves and stop assuming things.

              5. Most Android users especially those that post here are not looking for control. We like freedom and the ability to do whatever we want. I like that Google takes a step back.

              I’m not sure where you’re from but in the US the iPhone 4 is free under contract. I’m not even sure if the Galaxy Ace is even sold here.

            • number29

              1) A simple task of getting music onto your device with Android involves manually dragging and dropping content using a file system. The simple task of getting music controls to appear on the lock screen is… well… I don’t think there’s any way to do that on Android yet! I stand by my comment, Android is a downgrade.

              2) If only a small subset of Apple users would buy Apple devices no matter what, how do you account for the other millions of iPhone users? And why would Apple want to give them up? Like I said, an iPhone sale is a lost Android (or any other OS) sale.

              3 & 4) And they won’t use the products until the message about WHY they should is better.

              5) Most Android users don’t even know that Android is open source, let alone the level of control Google does (or doesn’t have) over it. The vast majority of people would benefit from Google having more control over the OS.

              I’m from the UK. The US has a strange phone market that isn’t really representative of how it works elsewhere in the world (we pay closer to the ‘real’ value of phones in Europe, Africa and Asia).

            • Anthony Walker

              1. You can use drag and drop like I do to transfer music from my pc to my sd card (a file manager doesn’t come into play) or you can use Google cloud services which I use on occasion. When you plug in your headphones, lock screen music controls appear or if you’re playing music in general without the use of headphones. Have you ever used Android?

              2. The subset of consumers is almost all iPhone users. They would never consider picking up another phone. Apple doesn’t need innovate as shown from the last couple of years to get them to buy an iPhone.

              3&4. They lost is on them. If you buy an iPhone you’re stuck with an inferior product.

              5.Android users don’t want that control. Control tends to stifle people. Freedom is always better.

              In the US most phones are highly subsidized. They most you’ll pay is 299.99 and that’s for high end phones.

            • number29

              1) Yeah that’s the problem, having to drag and drop content instead of having it sync automatically when the device is connected. How do you call the music controls up on the lock screen? On the iPhone you double press the home button. I haven’t found any means to do this on an Android phone (S2, S3, S4, Nexus 4 to name a few where this hasn’t been possible). I’ve always had to unlock the device, open the music player and press the play button in there.

              2) I guess that means almost all Android users will never consider picking up anything other than Android.

              3 & 4) If you buy an Android phone, you’re stuck with an inferior product.

              5) Android users will get a better experience if the OS were probably controlled.

            • Anthony Walker

              1. You have to two options – sync your music with Google cloud and use that to stream the music or download to your phone or just drag and drop whatever content you want on your phone. I have about 100 songs on my phone. I don’t need my whole catalog.

              The lock screen controls pop up automatically when you have your headphones plugged in or when you’re playing music through the speakers. When you wake up the phone it’s just there. I don’t know about the S2 but my S3, S4 and Nexus 4 all do it.

              2. I would never consider picking up an iPhone. I personally think it’s a downgrade. Android has surpassed iOS as the more mature OS.

              3&4. That’s your opinion and you’re entitled to it but iOS is playing catch up with Android and even Windows.

              5. As I said before, control hinders and stifles. Freedom is always the better choice.

            • number29

              1) What do you do when you don’t have a data connection? I want the lock screen controls to pop up to allow me to start playing music; I don’t want them to just pop up when I’m already playing music!

              2) And I would never consider buying and keeping an Android phone. I personally think it’s a downgrade. Android has yet to catch up with iOS.

              3 & 4) That’s your opinion and you’re entitle to it, but Android and Windows is playing catchup to iOS.

              5) Control makes for a better user experience. This so called freedom doesn’t benefit you in the slightest.

            • Anthony Walker

              1. I play music that I have on my phone or the music that has been cached from the streaming. You always have option of downloading all you music from the cloud to the phone but I don’t need my entire library on my phone. You can play your music from the notification bar which is available from your lock screen.

              Secondly, the music control on your lock screen is very minimalistic and unless you’re already playing music that you want to hear it’s better to just go into the music app and pick an album or a playlist.

              2. Unless you’re jailbreaking your phone, iOS is in no way comparable to Android. It’s an inferior OS that stifles and hinders its users. The phone controls you rather than you controlling the phone.

              3&4. With that comment I’m of the opinion I’m taking with a four year old.

              5. I think that’s the big difference being Americans and other countries. We don’t like control; freedom is always better. If I don’t like a feature on my phone I can change it or even if I like a feature I can make it better. With an iPhone the user doesn’t control the phone, Apple does.

            • number29

              1) OK, so this basic functionality is missing in Android. Check.

              2) iOS is far superior to Android. It’s built for the hardware it runs on, so it does so beautifully. Android users ‘put up’ with Android as a necessary evil, iOS users love their devices. I can create, consume and enjoy to my hearts content on my iPhone while you’re battling with thousands of options, settings, ROMs and tweaks desperately trying to get near to the iOS experience.

              3 & 4) And with your blind fanboyism, I’m of the opinion I’m talking to someone who wouldn’t even know the meaning of ‘freedom’ or ‘stifles’ or ‘hinders’. How are those usage stats working for you Android users with all that ‘freedom’ you have that doesn’t ‘stifle’ or ‘hinder’ your smartphone usage or enjoyment (oh wait, it does, since iPhone users actively use and love their devices more).

              5) If I don’t like something my iPhone does, I can get something out of the app store that’s better, or change my phone. Wow, just the same as you Android users! Who knew eh?!

            • Anthony Walker

              1. What basic functionality is missing exactly? You pointed to two features I guess that is important to you and I explained to you that Android has it – lock screen controls and music synced with Google cloud.

              2. I’m not talking about Roms or tweaks. Stock Android is far superior to iOS. With it being an open OS with can truly make the phone your own – you control the phone, the phone doesn’t control you.

              3&4. I’m not sure what that has to do with our discussion. People can use their phone however they choose to. That’s the beauty of Android – choice.

              5. Try to change your launcher, your lock screen, your notification bar or whatever iOS calls it or any animations. Change your default default web browser. Change your keyboard.

            • KT

              Well, for starters, there’s a real issue with Android, called Dalvik. That’s one thing that makes the OS inferior when compared to native OSs. That’s why Android phones need bigger hardware specs to rival other OSs.

              And guess what? There are other open source systems that actually have less license restrictions than Android and actually run natively on mobile devices. Will those systems ever reach mass market, or are those getting stifled by “Android’s freedom”?

            • Anthony Walker

              Not once did I mention anything about specs in my post. My contention was and still is that the Android OS is more feature rich, flexible and more customizable than iOS which makes it the better OS. And to your specific point I’ve seen dual core phones run Android pretty well.

              Lastly, Android is not stopping anyone from coming to market so I’m not sure what your last point is.

            • KT

              Actually, it is. Android has got a big enough grip of the market to stop any other player from getting enough visibility. Besides Apple and Nokia, every other player is selling and mass marketing their Android phones. Only one player has margins to try it, all other players are just dumping Android phones to the market attempting to stay in business. This is a huge barrier for the remaining operating systems to get into the market and stay properly maintained.

              This is exactly the same tactic used by Microsoft to get Windows everywhere, and you can see how well they were able to block any other systems from properly entering the market. The only survivor was… you guessed it: Apple.

            • e550mercedes

              More features can actually make a product more confusing and less useful!

              A lot of people seem to judge a product simply by having the most features at the lowest cost, rather than being the easiest and most enjoyable to use. This could be one of the reasons why 3/4 of all mobile internet users use iOS, and why most purchased apps are made on and with iOS as well, as noted by the articles below:

              http://techpinions.com/do-the-math-ios-6-is-the-worlds-most-popular-mobile-operating-system/18988

              http://www.itcentralpoint.com/android-the-most-sold-but-ios-the-most-used

    • shuaijiayou

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    • mobilemann

      Troll post, from troll writer. This encourages idiocy on this website, you should be ashamed.

      Also, this article mentions a massive hardware variety, but doesn’t mention 3rd party hardware peripherals, talk about cherry picking.

      Seriously, do the writers for this site not realize, everyone here isn’t a slobbering idiot fanboy? Some of us are dual platform:D

    • jimbo

      Apple made the big step of the personal computer – then Microsoft made it work on a massive scale. Apple made the breakthrough in smartphones and now Android is making it work on a massive scale. Apple certainly has pushed the computing industry but they continue to be an expensive/niche company and will be slammed again (perhaps even worse). But the big move in all this is away from expensive proprietary and into flexible open-source, open-platform. Google’s kicking ass but they still aren’t completely pro openness either….

      • e550mercedes

        I’m not sure how you can contend that the world’s biggest tech company [Apple] is nothing but a niche company? Expensive yes, but so are BMW’s and Mercedes, and as far as I’m concerned I’ll stick to my Mercedes. I don’t own a smartphone, as I’m retired, but if I did it would either be the upcoming iPhone or one of those sexy HTC One’s.

    • mrjayviper

      not really sure the purpose of the article. seems the author is just “preaching to the choir”…

    • e550mercedes

      When it comes to the open source nature of Android, or any other open source platform for that matter, AppleInsider recently did an insightful, and well documented, editorial that totally kills many of this posts assertions, and especially the notion that open source is naturally better than closed systems. Not only that, but your assertions of a strong developer community [Android vs iOS] is totally false, as the editorial goes on to conclusively prove. I’d be interested what your views would be if you actually compared this post to that of AppleInsider’s editorial?

      http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/07/06/editorial-apple-google-and-the-failure-of-open

    • ChicagoPatriot

      I’ve always been an Apple iphone user since the first iphone. The iphone and app store apps helped me be very productive where work was concerned. The most I used my phone was for work. Ocassionally, I would use it socially and recreationally. I probably utilized the iphone and apps in a more sophisticated and productive level then 90% of users. The iphone served me well until I saw a Samsung Galaxy. I was using a iphone 4 when I was first exposed to the Galaxy. I liked the Galaxy right away given the performance and screen size but I stayed with the iphone given I was concerned that the apps I used for work on the iphone would not be available in google apps or work as well.

      When the iphone 5 came out with such a relatively small screen, that was it. I went to a Galaxy S4.

      I’ve found all the android apps I need to keep me as productive at work tasks as I was on the iphone, if not more productive.

      The comparison between the iphone and Galaxy S4 is like riding a tri-cycle and flying an F-16 Tomcat.

      The Galaxy S4 blows the iphone away!

      I will admit that the size of the hard drives on the iphone exceeds the Galaxy and app store video editing apps far exceed any android app I have found, but overall, the Galaxy smokes the iphone the way I use that class of device.

      Philosopically, Apple blows. They are control freaks. I once cslled apple support to find out what type of video cable would be compatible and the phone guy wouldn’t tell me unless I gave him my name and the IMEI number of my phone.

      WTF? I just want to get a video cable, man. Ask the NSA…I got better things to do then sit on hold and then answer questions that have nothing to do with why I’m calling.

      See ya Apple.

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