Linked by Adam S on Thu 12th Jun 2014 23:36 UTC

I am taking the plunge and moving from an iPhone to an Android device. I've been waiting a long time for Android to get to the point that it was fast and responsive enough, with a big enough application warehouse, wide enough support, and a smooth enough experience, to support me. Android is maturing with a consistent, system-wide look-and-feel, almost every major service now has an Android app as the counterpart to its iOS-first experience, and has a bright future with wearables, home automation, and more.

I certainly won't be the first person to change ecosystems entirely. Several have done it before, some looking for change or claim freedom, some aiming to save money, some because someone prompted them, some think they may be conforming by going with the ever-stylish Apple. I am doing it for this reason: for me, Android is now a better platform than iOS.

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"Nobody even half credible would complain about 20ms latency. Nobody serious would waste their time with 100ms latency devices. Audio production on an iphone/ipad, or android device is strictly for entertainment purposes.

Not so. iPads are in use in professional music performances now thanks to apps like Loopy.
You won't see it being used on a real tour and you won't see it being used in a professional recording studio. Regardless of someone screwing around with Loopy on an ipad during some performance, tablet/smartphone audio is a toy/gimmick. Nothing more.

I have yet to see a single Android device go there, and there's a reason for that. Audio performance and recording means low-latency or real time kernels, and if someone screws up while building a VM-based stack over top of the kernel, that platform is out of the running.

There's no sign that Android is fixing this.

In the performance audio world, meaning live performance and/or recording, latency is serious business. This is why you have dedicated & specialized audio hardware. Tablets and smartphones are neither designed nor well-suited for the needs of professional audio. They're good for people who like to screw around with audio and/or record stuff in their bedroom.

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