Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Mar 2014 23:55 UTC
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Stuff such as United's new offering generally arrives on Android sooner or later, and there are whole categories of apps - such as alternative keyboards - that are Android-only.

Much of the time, I'm an Android user myself, so I'm happy when something is available for Google's operating system and sorry when it isn't. But despite the fact that iOS's market share is much smaller than that of Android, and has been for years, Apple devices are still nearly always first in line when a major company or hot startup has to decide where to allocate its development resources. That's a dynamic that pundits keep telling us makes no sense - but it's happening, and its an enormous competitive advantage for Apple. 'Sounds like a victory to me.

iOS has won the application wars.

Sure, you have to disregard those gazilion Android applications iOS could never support (keyboards, launchers, SMS applications, browsers, task switchers, lock screens, etc., and so on, and so forth), but if you do that, then yes, iOS has won.

The tortoise is faster than the hare. Sure, you have to cut off the hare's legs first, but then, sure, yeah, the tortoise is faster.

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Comment by tpchur
by tpchur on Sat 15th Mar 2014 01:11 UTC
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"Sure, you have to disregard those gazilion Android applications iOS could never support (keyboards, launchers, SMS applications, browsers, task switchers, lock screens, etc., and so on, and so forth), but if you do that, then yes, iOS has won."

So what you're saying is, that when it comes to apps that people actually use to do stuff, iOS has won? How many launchers can anyone possibly need?

And I'm a flippin' Android user! Its ridiculous that those are the applications that are actually popular on Android. I'm as guilty as the rest of ecosystem, but it's more chasing the idea that if I get this app, then my experience will be complete. It never is. Besides that, most applications for Android are ugly garbage with a few exceptions, of course. Android's app ecosystem is still by far its largest weakspot, but at this point, I have no idea how Google could even possibly address it.

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RE: Comment by tpchur
by Fergy on Sat 15th Mar 2014 12:14 in reply to "Comment by tpchur"
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2006-04-10

So what you're saying is, that when it comes to apps that people actually use to do stuff, iOS has won? How many launchers can anyone possibly need?

I have no idea where you are coming from. The keyboard is one of the most used functions so if you get a lot of competition between keyboards you can choose the one that works best for you. With iOS you either like it or you're fucked.
I would rather have competition between apps than one golden standard that should suit everybody.

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RE[2]: Comment by tpchur
by leos on Sun 16th Mar 2014 21:46 in reply to "RE: Comment by tpchur"
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2005-09-21

"So what you're saying is, that when it comes to apps that people actually use to do stuff, iOS has won? How many launchers can anyone possibly need?

I have no idea where you are coming from. The keyboard is one of the most used functions so if you get a lot of competition between keyboards you can choose the one that works best for you. With iOS you either like it or you're fucked.
I would rather have competition between apps than one golden standard that should suit everybody.
"

Is anyone actually unhappy with the iOS keyboard? I know that sounds like blasphemy to an Android user, but I have never one heard anyone complain about the iOS keyboard. I don't think that even registers as a possibility for non-geek users. Even on an Android phone it wouldn't occur to me to change out the keyboard. The default is just fine. Not saying the choice shouldn't be there, but I doubt it is at all important to the overwhelming majority of Android users.

Well ok, I did switch keyboards once. The Huawei phone I got for a project came with some miserable Huawei keyboard, which I immediately removed in favour of the default one.

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