Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Oct 2013 09:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

I think many who extol Android's flexibility fall into the tinkerer category, including some tech bloggers. They love all the ways they can customize their phones, not because they're seeking some perfect setup, but because they can swap in a new launcher every week. That's fun for them; but they've made the mistake of not understanding how their motivation differs from the rest of us.

A whopping 70%-80% of the world's smartphone owners have opted for Android over iOS. You could easily argue that 3-4 years ago, when Android was brand new, that it was for early adopters and tinkerers. To still trot out this ridiculous characterisation now that Android is on the vast majority of smartphones sold is borderline insanity.

Choice is not Android's problem. People who assume out of a misplaced arrogance that they represent the average consumer are the problem.

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RE: Pot meet kettle
by ze_jerkface on Thu 17th Oct 2013 02:19 UTC in reply to "Pot meet kettle"
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The article doesn't claim that Android remains the exclusive province of geeks and tinkerers. He's quite clearly saying that the features that the minority clamor for are impairing the experience for the unwashed masses.


I don't think he makes a cohesive argument. First he laments the wide hardware selection and then talks about fragmentation and software development. Yes Android OS fragmentation sucks for software developers but hardware selection and API consistency are not mutually exclusive. The PC hardware market is a good example of this. Yes it would have been nice if Google didn't churn the API so much or forced more standards on carriers but that was their choice and their market is now large enough to where developers simply have to deal with it. Google went with a strategy of "first competitor to the iPhone even if half-assed" and thanks to the AT&T sweetheart deal they were able to build a market. Anyways the API churn has slowed and if developers don't like the situation then they can always go iPhone exclusive as many still do.

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