Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Dec 2013 09:51 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

About 2 years back, I read this article on Michael Degusta's personal blog. It was a revelation. Michael ripped the Android ecosystem apart with a simple chart. The chart converted me from an Android user to an iPhone user. I hope this chart helps other folks make an informed decision when their next smartphone upgrade is due.

Charts like this do great in certain areas of the web, but it's too simplistic. First, it does not take into account that many core aspects of Android are updated through Google Play, such as Chrome, Gmail, Maps, the keyboard, and so on. Whereas iOS needs an entire update to fix a small bug in, say, Maps - Android does not. Many core parts that require an entire OS update for iOS are updated weekly on Android.

Second, it does not mention that even though older iPhone models get the latest version of iOS, some functionality of these latest versions is disabled due to marketing, and in some cases due to hardware constraints (if you were to believe Apple, that is).

Third and foremost, though: I'm betting each and every one of those devices has at least an Android 4.2 or 4.3 release (and some have 4.4 too, like my Find 5) from, for instance, CyanogenMod - and countless other ROM makers. Installing a custom ROM is one of the strengths of Android, and not nearly as hard or difficult as some make it out to be. If your iPhone becomes unsupported or really slow due to iOS7 - you're screwed. You have no other options. If Samsung's TouchWiz crap makes your Galaxy slow, run out and get a quality phone install a custom ROM.

I see this all the time: people ignoring core strengths of Android because they don't understand them or because they don't belong to their interests - "this is just for nerds and geeks, so it's irrelevant!" Take discussions about application on iOS and Android, for instance; those arguing in favour of iOS routinely ignore that Android has access to types of applications iOS users could only dream of. If you leave those out, it's easy to make Android's application offering look weaker. The same happens when looking at Android and updates.

All this doesn't negate the fact that updates are by far Android's weakest link, although not nearly as much of an issue as it used to be during the gingerbread days. Moving more and more parts of Android to Play will eventually all but solve the issue completely.

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by wocowboy on Thu 5th Dec 2013 10:51 UTC
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Relying on users to install a non-standard, non-supported, and warranty-voiding piece of software like CyanogenMod or others is ludicrous when you're trying to make out that Android devices are just as up to date as iOS devices. When newly released flagship Android devices SHIP with outdated OS versions, there is a major problem somewhere. What new iOS device has ever shipped with an outdated version of iOS? The missing features he laments with newer versions of iOS have more to do with hardware capabilities than "marketing reasons", too. The rationalization going on in this article is just too amazing for words.

Edited 2013-12-05 10:54 UTC

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RE: Dreaming
by JAlexoid on Thu 5th Dec 2013 13:47 in reply to "Dreaming"
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VIP Inbox is truly a feature that was removed due to hardware limitation...

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by kholinar on Thu 5th Dec 2013 14:42 in reply to "RE: Dreaming"
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VIP Inbox is and was available for every device that got ios 6.

As is typical of these type of things. People read the first reports and inflammatory articles and never read the follow-up.

VIP Inbox wasn't included on the 3GS in the first two betas of ios 6, because, you know, it was a beta. Beta 3 added it and it stayed.

Edited 2013-12-05 14:45 UTC

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