Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Dec 2012 09:50 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "For a seventh consecutive month, the Samsung Galaxy S III is the most popular smartphone in the United Kingdom. The data compiled by uSwitch is based on live searches, pre-orders, as well as postpaid sales. Curiously, Apple's current smartphone flagship is not even second. The iPhone 5 is outperformed by its predecessor, whose lower price and improved contract offers helped it remain appealing. The Samsung Galaxy S II completes the quartet at the top. The rest of the top ten smartphones is entirely an Android party. It includes the Google Nexus 4, who entered the rankings a solid fifth. The second half of the top ten includes the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Sony Xperia U, HTC One X, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2." This is getting ridiculous, and it's not good for the market. For the love of Fiona, people, buy something that's not Android. I don't want to live in an Android-dominated smartphone world.
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Please list what's wrong with Android...
by rklrkl on Tue 4th Dec 2012 12:34 UTC
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It seems a little strange to say you don't want to live in an Android-dominated world without giving reasons. If, for example, you said the same of Windows (which is clearly nowhere near the best desktop OS technically), I'd agree with you. But what exactly is wrong with Android to justify a comment?

Remember that until recently, iOS was the OS leader on mobile touchscreen devices (particularly on tablets, less so on phones), so would you say the same about iOS if it returned to its preivous position?

What I hate about Windows is that it really only gained its dominance via volume discounts to OEMs (with veiled threats to lose their discounts if they sold desktops with another OS or, shock horror, without an OS at all). Technically, Windows is a poor OS, but people suffer it because that's all they've known for decades now thanks to the Windows monopoly.

Android hasn't done the same thing - the only real pressure tactic Google employed was that they wouldn't give access to Google Play if you attempted to release an Android device outside the OHA (i.e. an unauthorised fork). Considering Google Play is a vital money-making stream (30% of app costs go to Google), this is not an unreasonable request.

I think the only other issue you might have is that Google has little to no control over what carriers do with their releases, even though they're part of the OHA. The custom skinning by carriers has caused no end of grief (often worse than the vanilla Android experience and delays releases often for months) and is partly to blame for the wide range of Android releases still active in the wild.

However, at the end of the day, the Android ecosystem has produced a wide range of phones (different sizes, some with keyboards) of a varying spec (from cheap and cheerful to iPhone-beating) and price. I know that I'd far rather have a choice of phones (and phone manufacturers) to buy from than be stuck with just one model. It creates competition, which spurs on pricing and innovation - two things which Apple haven't been good at after the launch of the first iPhone.

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