Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Jun 2015 10:37 UTC
Android

When Android Wear came out over the course of last year, Google promised that the young, new platform would receive updates "early and often". While it wasn't said with so many words, it's easy to read between the lines: Google was going to make sure Android Wear users wouldn't face the same headaches as Android users when it comes to updates. Wear would be a more tightly controlled platform, built in such a way that updates could go straight to users' devices without meddling from carriers or roadblocks thrown up by crappy customisations.

Fast forward to June 2015, and Google has recently released Android Wear 5.1.1, which, despite its humble version number increase over 5.0.1, is a pretty significant update to the smartwatch platform. It enables WiFi on devices that support it, adds new ways to interact with your watch, and makes it easier to launch applications. All in all, it looks like a great update.

Sadly, I can only go by what others have told me, despite owning the poster Android Wear device - the Moto 360.

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RE: Sigh
by Morgan on Fri 12th Jun 2015 15:09 UTC in reply to "Sigh"
Morgan
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2005-06-29

I'm in the same boat. Lack of consistency and stability with Android, combined with Microsoft's "we forgot how to release a flagship Windows Phone" has pushed me back onto the iPhone for the first time in several years. And to be honest, it has improved greatly as a platform. So far I've been pleasantly surprised. Still, I wish I had held onto my Nokia N900; for what I paid for this iPhone I could have put in a pre-order for a Neo900 board.

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v RE[2]: Sigh
by rubberneck on Sat 13th Jun 2015 20:56 in reply to "RE: Sigh"
RE[3]: Sigh
by Morgan on Sun 14th Jun 2015 13:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Sigh"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

iOS was always superior to android and still is.


That's highly subjective, and not at all what I was saying. For me personally, right now iOS is the right tool for the job. Previously it was Windows Phone, and technically still would be if my phone hadn't died. Microsoft/Nokia for some reason has refused to release a really nice WP device for two years now; I'm assuming they are holding out for Windows 10 Mobile but I couldn't wait that long, and I wasn't going to touch the HTC One M8 Windows with a 10 foot pole after briefly using the Android version.

I went back to Android late last year, but even Lollipop didn't fix the long-standing issues that make using an Android device as an actual phone possible for me. The dialer still crashes, the interface is even more obtuse, and the only way to have a synced contact list is to use a gmail account. No thanks. After trying out my sister's old iPhone 4s with iOS 8, I was sold on going back to iPhone for the foreseeable future.

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RE[3]: Sigh
by zima on Sun 14th Jun 2015 22:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Sigh"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

with apple, what greatly matters is also when was the END of device sales. iPhones are pushed byApple on consumers obscenely long (I think I've seen ads for that 4s quite recently)

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