Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 17:35 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Ian G. Clifton: "Early on, iOS did a lot to push mobile devices forward and helped set bars in a lot of areas for other platforms to meet. Unfortunately, iOS has not changed much lately and in some ways hurts Android when used as the 'golden standard' due to its limitations. A lot of the harm isn't realized by consumers, but Android developers encounter it constantly when something has to be done 'the iOS way' or an Android feature is not even considered because iOS cannot do the same."
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RE[2]: There's a reason
by darknexus on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 13:11 UTC in reply to "RE: There's a reason"
darknexus
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2008-07-15

Fortunately for Android users, I think the iOS train has just about run its course.

I wouldn't count on that, nor would I want that. I don't think we'd be any better off with a Google monoculture than an Apple one. What a lot of us geeks see as iOS' largest weakness (the fact that it's locked down, boring and minimalistic) is actually seen by a lot of users as a strength. Remember that most people aren't tech enthusiasts. Their tablets, computers, etc are tools to them. iOS is locked down and that annoys people like us but, what it means in turn is far less maintenance for the average user that doesn't want to deal with it. App installation is easy, most of the apps work, and there's little that can go wrong as is. Not everything works perfectly of course (the recent CoreData syncing issues come to mind) but, by and large, it works well enough and stays working well enough to satisfy those who just want to get stuff done and forget about it. The same cannot always be said of Android. It's much easier to break for those who don't know what they're doing, and sometimes harder to recover.
Personally, I think there's room for both. I don't buy into the premice of this article: that iOS hurts Android. If we're to believe everything posted on OSNews, I don't think iOS is doing Android much harm. What is hurting the Android ecosystem now is developer laziness coupled with some fragmentation, pure and simple. Lazy developers don't have a magic fix and, while Android's fragmentation issues are somewhat minor, they do exist. Take dealing with audio on a Samsung phone versus a Google phone, where the APIs don't quite behave the same. Developers do have to take issues such as this into account, and it adds to their work load. Lazy developers don't do either platform any good, and I've seen iOS versions of apps be buggy and more limited than their Android versions. This sword cuts both ways, and when the two problems meet, the results aren't good.

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RE[3]: There's a reason
by MOS6510 on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 20:22 in reply to "RE[2]: There's a reason"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I'm a geeky nerd, but I don't mind my iPhone being "locked down". Phones don't really interest me. They need to work and be easy to operate.

In no way am I interested in "rooting" or "jailbreaking". So I don't and my phone always works.

Should my iMac ever get locked down I might get upset or at least put another computer next to it that isn't restricted.

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