Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Jan 2013 21:28 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Ralf Rottmann is CTO and co-founder of the largest mobile application developer in Germany, Grandcentrix. He has more Apple devices than an Apple Store and thinks he's a fanboy - yet, he's switched to the Nexus 4 completely, stating that "the latest version of Android outshines the latest version of iOS in almost every single aspect". This line in particular rings true for me as a Windows Phone 8 and Android user: "whenever I grab my iPhone for testing purposes, iOS feels pretty old, outdated and less user friendly". This will most likely be dismissed as a troll by some, but it has to be said: iOS has become stale, bordering on being outdated, and lacks several crucial pieces of functionality, neatly detailed in Rottman's article. Apple has a lot of catching up to do, or it will be Mac OS all over again.
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Openness=risk management
by wocowboy on Sat 5th Jan 2013 13:29 UTC
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All that openness and being able to share files willy nilly between apps opens the door wide open to sharing malware as well as being able to share media types, etc between apps. That's the main reason Apple is so strict about sandboxing. And that's fine, that's their method of controlling malware, viruses, and the like, nothing wrong with it, it's a choice you make when selecting a platform to use.

On Android, as in Windows, you have to install an antivirus/malware program that you pay for, then pay for annual updates to keep your phone as secure as it is natively out of the box in iOS. There are many offered, and of course, none have been vetted by Google for effectiveness and safety, by the way, like all Android apps. Two different ways of handling risk, take your pick, enjoy your selection, and deal with the risks and results. Just don't come crying to me when you share some infected media file you downloaded with some un-vetted media player you found on the internet and it bricks your phone. Maybe it hasn't happened yet, but the door is WIDE open in Android for something like that to happen.

Edited 2013-01-05 13:31 UTC

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RE: Openness=risk management
by WorknMan on Sat 5th Jan 2013 14:30 in reply to "Openness=risk management"
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On Android, as in Windows, you have to install an antivirus/malware program that you pay for, then pay for annual updates to keep your phone as secure as it is natively out of the box in iOS.

I don't run any of these types of programs and have never had a problem with malware, nor do I know anyone in person or online who has. Sure, malware is out there, but it normally happens when people are installing pirated apps from 3rd party sources. But in the Play store, the malware hype has been way overblown. But even if malware were as prevalent as on Windows, I'd still prefer it to Apple's walled garden.

As for the article, it's curious that the author says Android has finally 'caught up' to iOS with Android 4.2. Even with my Droid Incredible running Android 2.2 in early 2010, Android was already light years ahead of iOS. Obviously, it wasn't as smooth or polished as it is now, but there ain't a whole lot of difference between Jellybean 4.1 on the Galaxy Nexus and Jellybean 4.2 on the Nexus 4. I own both of these, and sure... the Nexus 4 is smoother than the Gnex, but it's more like the video game equivalent of 60fps vs 30fps - it's not a lagfest by any stretch of the imagination.

Edited 2013-01-05 14:34 UTC

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RE: Openness=risk management
by ze_jerkface on Sun 6th Jan 2013 05:41 in reply to "Openness=risk management"
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Sandboxing doesn't require a walled garden.

Angry Birds doesn't need to know that your contacts even exist. It could play in its own sandbox with its own segregated section of memory for external software.

Android isn't designed this way but I just wanted to make the point that sideloading can exist with proper isolation.

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RE: Openness=risk management
by zima on Thu 10th Jan 2013 20:37 in reply to "Openness=risk management"
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Quite a few times iOS jailbreak worked by visiting a website ...which also means that essentially any random website could've had root.

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