When consumers fire up the latest iPhones for the first time in the coming weeks, they’ll find the device brimming with Apple Inc.’s home-grown apps, already installed and set as default programs. This prized status isn’t available to outside software, making it hard for some developers to compete, and that’s catching the eye of lawmakers probing potential antitrust violations in the technology industry.
Aside from possible antitrust issues, it’s just a user-hostile setup designed not to bring the best possible user experience to users, but merely to boost Apple’s own applications and services. Not being able to set your own default applications and link handlers in 2019 is entirely indefensible.
I’m against most forms of user customization, because most users are too stupid to be trusted with more than minimal control of anything, but this is one of those edge cases where I’m on the other side entirely. Setting default applications on a phone is pretty obvious, easily reverted, and can’t really fuck anything up too badly, so let the users do it.
Android phones are brimming with Google Apps too. Even Samsung is forced to put them in the home screen.
Google just couldn’t decide on a default chat app and as a result they let iMessage build a certain critical mass in the US (keep in mind that the value of a network is it’s members squared). We are in a state where you can guess the age of an Android phone by the Google chat app it comes pre-installed with.
Imagine if Google hadn’t decided on YouTube and had kept Google Video alive, and also had went ahead and make half a dozen more video hosting sites.