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[3]: A shame
by WorknMan on Thu 5th Dec 2013 19:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: A shame"
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I like that Google is pushing the majority of features outside of the core OS. Only downside to that is that Android OS updates these days are kind of boring. My Nexus 4 is still running rooted 4.2, and I see no reason to update it. However, if it helps stop the bitching about lack of updates, it's a tradeoff I'm willing to endure.

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RE[4]: A shame
by modmans2ndcoming on Fri 6th Dec 2013 01:12 in reply to "RE[3]: A shame"
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why not update to 4.4? it is more memory efficient at the very least and you can install GEL from APK to get the home screen "OK Google".

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RE[5]: A shame
by WorknMan on Fri 6th Dec 2013 02:34 in reply to "RE[4]: A shame"
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why not update to 4.4? it is more memory efficient at the very least and you can install GEL from APK to get the home screen "OK Google".

Since I'm rooted, I can't take OTA updates. I'll get to flashing it eventually ;) There's just nothing past 4.2 that makes me want to go through the trouble.

As for the GEL, I've been spoiled by the hands-free feature of the Moto X, so I consider anything that requires me to actually pick up the device to be a waste of time, esp when I can just do a Google search on a PC and get the same information, most of the time.

By and large, I consider Google Now to be a wasted opportunity to control the phone like Siri does. For example, ask Google Now to turn on bluetooth, and you will be told to go get f**ked. At least the Moto X has a driving mode, so it can approximate what Siri does in the car. And yes, I know there are 3rd party apps that do all that shit, but again... this should REALLY be in the GEL. In fact, they should have an API for 3rd party apps to access as well, so I could do things like change stations in Slacker radio using my voice. This would've been more useful than having the OS re-skinned in white.

/rant over

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