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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RE[4]: Sounds good.
by Windows Sucks on Thu 5th Dec 2013 15:34 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Sounds good. "
Windows Sucks
Member since:
2005-11-10

"As competition heats up"?!? Android has 81% of the market already. How much hotter are you expecting?

Windows PCs have somehow managed to dominate desktops despite razor thin profit margins. I suspect Android devices will follow that model - less efficient companies will indeed drop out, but device competition will sustain Android's mobile dominance (in terms of volume) until the next disruption.


Right that 81 percent is Android against other Mobile OS's. I am talking within Android its self. As other companies from China and India and Brazil etc come in with throw away phones profits will dry up, security will get worse as those companies continue to use old versions of Android to make cheap phones and then leave support for them just as fast as they make the devices.

And yes Microsoft didn't have the fragmentation that Android has so people got updates (Though their security sucked for years) Also for a long time lots of companies made nice profits off Windows sales till the cheap Asian companies came along in the mid 2000's. Now look, Dell basically done, HP basically done, Lenovo is now boss and makes almost no profits. That took 30 years to happen though.

This situation has already happened in Android land in 4 years. Already only Samsung is making profits. And if you don't make other stuff (Like HTC only makes phones and tablets) you are toast.

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RE[5]: Sounds good.
by ricegf on Thu 5th Dec 2013 18:04 in reply to "RE[4]: Sounds good. "
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Weird how so many companies keep producing such an endless stream of Android products even though OSNews experts keep *telling* them that only Apple and Samsung can possibly succeed.

Guess they don't read OSNews.

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RE[6]: Sounds good.
by Windows Sucks on Thu 5th Dec 2013 18:23 in reply to "RE[5]: Sounds good. "
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

Weird how so many companies keep producing such an endless stream of Android products even though OSNews experts keep *telling* them that only Apple and Samsung can possibly succeed.

Guess they don't read OSNews.


Yes because for a lot of companies (Most notably Google) cheap Android devices are what is known as a loss leader. Something you sell at a loss to lead people into your other products and services.

And being that a ton of companies don't have to do much R&D with Android and pay little to no fees it makes good business sense to do.

Has nothing to do with how great the software is though, and it doesn't mean they will ever make one dollar directly off Android. Long as they can get your to buy other things like Music, Click on Ads, buy books and movies and those make a profit, companies will keep on making an endless stream.

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