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[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Jbso on Wed 16th Oct 2013 11:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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I think most people, unlike tech writers, don't care about openness per se, which is why people often say no one cares if Android is more open - that's not how most people would phrase it. People care about specific benefits of openness, but it may be a different thing for each person - some want removeable batteries, some want microSDs, some giant screens, some want a stylus, etc. If you pick out any one feature, you can say it's niche and hardly anyone cares about, but altogether they make a big market.

Apple, on the other hand, is targeted at the largest single slice of the market, but ultimately, that's a minority (albeit a very profitable one).

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Wed 16th Oct 2013 11:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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I agree here. Carriers are an important facet, even if other channels are emphasized abroad. Its really the same deal on the whole.

But ill admit cost is probably not THE reason Android is popular, but it is certainly a contributing factor.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by cdude on Thu 17th Oct 2013 13:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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http://www.uswitch.com/mobiles/news/2013/05/ios_could_offer_android...

The central part in that is the "bad experience". Problem is that using that as argument to block means you also prevent better experience then stock. As if stock is already optimal what it isn't. Neither on Android or iOS. There are always ways to improve whats why new versions come out all the time. And its not only tech writers upgrading to the new versions as soon as possible.

Someone could argue that the demand to faster adapt new iOS versions vs Android is also partly cause with iOS you depend on that to improve stock whereas with Android you can upgrade, change, extend without upgrading your whole OS. With that point of view its just now, with all the hardly needed performance improvements in JB, that there is a real argument to switch from Android 2.x to 4.x.

At least for me the performance and stability improvements are by far the biggest reason to go with latest JB. Without them I would not see why its needed.

Edited 2013-10-17 13:16 UTC

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