The explosion of Android occurred because many manufacturers adopted the platform. These manufacturers have been fighting to differentiate themselves by creating custom user interfaces (UI) on top of the Android software. Examples of this is HTC’s Sense, Motorola’s Blur, and Samsung’s Touchwiz.
I understand why these companies are doing this, but lets be honest, the average consumer has no clue about any of these UI’s. The average consumer is buying a device based on brand, recommendations, and more importantly, what their chosen carrier offers. Since just about everyone has abandoned the concept of stock Android, it seems like a perfect time for one manufacturer to commit to producing only (or mostly) stock Android devices. There are some advantages that are worthwhile to both the manufacturer and consumer.
Last year Apple launched the IPad, and it was more successful than anyone thought. This year will be the tablet explosion as Apple’s IPad 2, and plenty of Android versions, will be available. I think the ultimate thought is that tablets will eventually take over laptops, but since this has not happened, why should I invest in one?
It seems as though the tablet has become the new $500 “coffee table book.” Recently, AdMob did a survey on tablet use, and they found that 82% of tablet owners use it only at home. The tablet has become the new casual computer at home for doing some web surfing, reading the news, or playing some games. My laptop can do all of these things and a lot more.
Before you read into the title too much, hear this: This is only addressing the people that only time Apple should exist is if they’re winning the smartphone os war. Apple is in no danger of even becoming a niche market anytime soon. However, since they’ve been usurped in market I’ve noticed a couple of things that you also may find interesting (and a lot claims that Apple is in trouble)
Today’s myth has brought up quite a stir in the community recently. The Android vs iPhone war is bringing a lot of people back to the Mac vs PC wars of the 90′s. So what’s the myth today? The ol’ “it’s one device vs a million” cover.
“Of course android has a greater market share. If I gave away a bunch of phones for free it’d sell better than the iPhone too even if they were crap. You’re comparing a phone to an OS, that’s not fair. How many android phones are beating the iPhone. Zero. Developers would rather develop for one phone than a hundred that are so severely fragmented that half the apps don’t work. Also, Google makes NOTHING on their phones. Apple makes a killing on the iPhone…” (goes on to make nerd jokes and the whole “all Android users still live with their mothers” thing) » Read the rest
Today’s myth strikes home with a lot of Android users. One of the complaints about Apple is that they will often “invent” something, call it their own (often using words like “magical”), and convince everyone that they do it the best. And why shouldn’t they? They took the smartphone platform, made it their own, and every new smartphone is based on it (sorry Android fans). However, the point where people start irritating me is when they start taking something from a keynote and quote it like absolute truth. Today’s myth? Multitasking. » Read the rest
As you can imagine, the writers here on TalkAndroid spend a lot of time on the internet combing through articles, news releases, and fanboy wars that would make Stalin run in fear. One thing I’ve always found that I want to do is reply to a lot of misinformed Apple supporters who spit a message of hate despite knowing very little. These people are often called “iSheep” or “Sheep” (with their Android counterparts being the “fandroids”). These people know very little about the other ecosystem yet preach to the world why the other one is terrible. Both camps have them, both are equally annoying. Well, starting now I’m going to be posting a few replies that I’ve wanted to say while browsing the web (and getting into a debate with these people is pointless, so I often won’t post). Today’s mythical claim? » Read the rest
It’s simple enough, right? You don’t want to pay the price tag for the app you see so you can get it by just typing the name and .apk in Google. So why is pirating apps coming so often now? With the new apps that try to embarrass you if you try and pirate them, viruses starting to appear in 3rd party markets, and the tag of “cheap” being posted on you by developers, many people are taking a second look at pirating apps. Is it worth it? Some forums are set up to help pirate apps, others will ban you if you bring it up. How can there even be a debate on whether it’s right or not? » Read the rest
A few weeks ago, I was driving my girlfriend and a friend of mine to Hollywood to meet some friends for dinner. While I knew the way there, I loaded up Google Maps Navigation on my HTC EVO 4G and put it in my little car mount so I would get an idea as to how long it would take to get there. As I was driving, my friend in the back seat commented, “Wow, I like how good your GPS looks, and how it pans and turns as you drive. I have a great dedicated unit and it doesn’t even do that.” My girlfriend, who also has a dedicated GPS unit, said how cool that was. This got me to thinking about the differences between the Google Maps Navigation app on my phone and dedicated GPS units, and how I ultimately decided that I think Google’s app is better. » Read the rest
The headlines are all over today that Google is cracking down on fragmentation with Android. You will see quotes like, “The party is over.” According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Google is forcing Android licensees to abide by “no-fragmentation clauses” that give Google the final say on how manufacturers tweak the Android code. Examples of this would be skins like HTC’s Sense, Motorola’s Blur, and Samsung’s Touchwiz. Andy Rubin said that these clauses were always a part of the Android license, but people are finding that maybe Google is enforcing it a little more.
All of this talk started when Google announced that they will not release the source code for Honeycomb (Android 3.0) which was built for tablets. Andy Rubin, head of Google’s Android group, clearly stated that they do not want hardware vendors to adapt it to run on other form factors where it might not function properly. He admitted that Google cut corners in order to get Honeycomb to market as fast as possible. The XOOM was released at the end of February and it still has a useless SD card slot. I doubt this is an issue with the hardware, but more likely the Honeycomb software. Most of the other Honeycomb tablets that are coming to market will be in June. This proves that there are obvious issues with Honeycomb and until things are rectified don’t expect to see the source code. Does this mean Google is closing the door because they are concerned with the reliability of software?
Google has theirs (of course), Verizon has one, HTC might get one, Opera just launched one earlier this month and today, Amazon launched theirs. Depending on your carrier and your phone, you could have three or more market applications for your phone. With the launch of Amazon’s Appstore today, this got me to thinking…do we really need all of these different marketplaces? » Read the rest