Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Sep 2015 15:13 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

For the past few years, we've been in a relatively healthy balance when it comes to our smartphones. Both Apple and Google provided us with relatively decent platforms that were pretty straightforward to use, provided us with interesting and useful functionality, and at mostly decent price points. In return, we accepted a certain amount of lock-in, a certain lack of control over our devices and the software platforms running on them. I felt comfortable with this trade-off, whether I was using an iPhone or an Android phone at the time.

Recently, however, I've been feeling like this balance in iOS and Android is tipping - and not in the right direction. The users' interests have taken a decided backseat to corporate interests, and the user experiences of the two platforms in question have, consequently, suffered, and I see little in the future to counteract this development

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The dance
by fretinator on Fri 4th Sep 2015 21:23 UTC
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I think this is an interesting phenomenon, in that both are arriving at the same destination, but taking very different paths. There are reasons why both systems are arriving at this same point of excessive control.

1. Android - for this ecosystem, it is the "free lunch" syndrome. User's don't want to pay for email, social networking - even for the operating system. Heck, with some carriers, even the phone "seems" free (even though it isn't). We have become so used to not paying, we have created an advertising based economy. In that system, it only makes sense that the advertising giant, Google, is going to want to maintain control of the system to garner advertising revenue. So this is the cost of the "free lunch" syndrome.

2. In iOS, it is the "premium" syndrome. By controlling all aspect of the ecosystem (hardware, software, what can and can't be installed), Apple is able to offer the user a "Cadillac" system. Users feel they are part of the "in" crowd, the cool people, etc. Basically, in this system, Apple is able to almost beat their users, and still charge a premium price, because it's part of being in the club.

So we are 2 almost diametrically opposed ecosystems, and yet they arrive and the same destination. In both cases, I believe lack of individual responsibility is the cause. In one, they don't want to share in the cost of a service, in the other, because they don't want to have to think about anything - do it for me, Apple.

OK, enough of that, now go enjoy the weekend... responsibly, of course.

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