Linked by Adam S on Fri 5th Jun 2015 15:26 UTC
Android In June of last year, I finally decided to commit to an Android device. I had carried every flagship iPhone up through that point from the original iPhone to the 5S. To the world around me, I heaped the praise into a life transforming device, but in my tech circles, and on my blog, I frequently posted about my frustration, mostly with shackles and intentional limitations imposed. So last year, why I decided to make the jump to Android. I outlined 10 reasons why I was finally ready to make the jump to Android’s 4.4 release, KitKat. A year has passed. It's time to revisit my original assertions and complaints with some follow up and see where I stand one year later.
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RE: Widgets are a nightmare
by darknexus on Sat 6th Jun 2015 11:57 UTC in reply to "Widgets are a nightmare"
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

I don't know how it used to be back when Dashboard was a thing

Repeat after me. OS X is not iOS. Repeat again.
We can install any widgets we like whether Apple approves of them or not.
Ps Dashboard's still a thing.

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RE[2]: Widgets are a nightmare
by timdp on Sun 7th Jun 2015 10:26 in reply to "RE: Widgets are a nightmare"
timdp Member since:
2009-06-19

I never claimed OS X was iOS. That being said, I imagine the Mac App Store review process to be similar to the iOS App Store's. The main difference is of course, as you said, that it's easier to operate outside the store.

By Dashboard being "a thing", I didn't mean that it merely still comes with the OS. None of the Mac users that I know actually use it. Anyway, that wasn't really the point.

What I'm saying is that, when iOS starts supporting widgets (or whatever incarnation Apple deems appropriate), I think and hope that they'll be far more confined to platform guidelines than Android's. With Apple's ecosystems being about aesthetics to such a degree (which is a Good Thing), I can't imagine them cutting developers as much slack as Google in terms of design.

And again, I agree that OS X isn't iOS. What that means for iOS widgets specifically is that I don't expect them to be anywhere near as freeform as desktop ones. Personally, I'd prefer that approach. Consistency is a good thing.

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