Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Sep 2013 17:42 UTC
Apple As most of you using iOS already know, iOS 7 has been released today. While you're all busy updating, I dove into some reviews of Apple's latest, and I think I like this conclusion by The Verge best.

Today, as it rolls out to users everywhere, iOS 7 is still on most levels the same operating system it's been for six years. Meanwhile Android has become a fun, efficient, flowing operating system that makes it easy to move data between apps, easy to share things, and easy to see only the information you need at the moment. Where iOS 7 still feels like jumping in and out of a series of apps, the best moments of using Android make it feel like a cohesive, unified platform. There's no question iOS 7 has the foundational strength to match that experience, but Apple has to throw open the doors and let its huge ecosystem build on that potential.

iOS has always been an excellent operating system, and iOS 7 remains an excellent operating system. But if Apple's goal was to match the power and flexibility of its rivals, iOS 7 feels very much like the beginning of a project rather than its conclusion.

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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Wed 18th Sep 2013 18:01 UTC
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2005-07-06

Quite frankly the comment by 'The Verge' doesn't matter a hill of beans if you've got the likes of Samsung and HTC who drag their feet when it comes to Android updates/upgrades not to mention the obstructionism that is routinely practiced by so many carriers around the world when it comes to deploying the updates. It doesn't really amount to much to boast about the virtues of Android when if you're handset owner that you have to go out and by a new one just to get a new version of Android - to talk about the improvements then ignore the fact that most users will never get those improvements thanks to the aforementioned obstructionist entities means such improvements might as well not exist in the first place for most people. It is akin to a person boasting about the latest Rolls Royce to someone on the unemployment benefit - nice to know there are improvements over the previous model but I'm never going to get it anyway.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 18th Sep 2013 18:05 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

70% of devices accessing Google Play are 4.0 and up. Those are more devices than will be able to run iOS 7.

Not trying to argue your point - it's quite valid - but it's not as bad as it seems.

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by Adam S on Wed 18th Sep 2013 18:14 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

But, like... he's right. The continued development of Android benefits a few. It's likely that whatever you bought your device with is that last version of Android you'll see unless you bought a flagship phone like the Galaxy line or the Nexus line. iOS 7 will be running on about 95% of eligible devices within a few months. Kit Kat will almost certainly never run on most Android devices that exist today, including the ones that could support it.

The Verge's comment may be true, for the author at least, but the iOS dominant ecosystem and cannot be refuted. iOS sets the bar. Many of the responses are gimmicks.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by jrockey on Thu 19th Sep 2013 07:03 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
jrockey Member since:
2012-11-06

Android is a marketplace.

If you want to ensure you always get the latest and greatest - get a Nexus. Given a Nexus 4 is £240 off contract, it's hardly Rolls Royce territory either.

Or think of it this way - Google product a line of phones (Nexus) like Apple produce a line of phones (iPhone) that they keep up-to-date.

All the rest of the Androids - well that's just an extra option you don't have in the Apple world.

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