Ric wants Android to Dominate. Really?

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I realise that it will sound strange that an Apple Fan Old Fart will be rooting for Android to become the dominant smartphone operating system. The reason is very simple. I want iOS / Android to go the way of Mac OS / Windows.

Apple has laid the foundation for this to happen by making iOS a closed system the way Mac OS is. The only way you can get to either of Apple’s OS is to buy an Apple product. The only way to get iOS software is from the Apple App store.

Having a closed system and only one hardware manufacturer has created a unique situation whereby Apple can control the quality of their entire product from hardware to software. Even the Apple bashers will grudgingly admit that their product is ace.

The problem with Windows is that anyone and their granny can make a Windows machine. That leaves the consumer with a huge headache when choosing a new machine. One of the plusses of this model is that the consumer can choose from a wide variety and low price points, but unfortunately the computer industry is not exempt from the adage that goedkoop is duurkoop,

Add to that the problem of malware and viruses and you have the problem in a nutshell. Already malware and viruses are raising their ugly heads in the Android App Store. The more dominant Android becomes the more the attention of the hacker and criminal world will be focussed on that product.

I remember a few years ago when I had the misfortune to have to consult a security expert he provided this bit of advice. If you are being chased by a lion you want to be the one wearing the takkies. The message being that you need just that much more security than your neighbours have so that any potential threat will go for the easier target.

The other problem users face with the sheer number of manufacturers building machines to host Android OS is that updates to the OS become a haphazard affair. This is best illustrated by my son and his girlfriend deciding to go for Samsung smartphones rather than Apple iPhones due to budgetary restraints. They each bought a different model and my son was disappointed to discover that his girlfriend’s phone would get the new OS, but his phone would not. I am not sure if this sort of thing is possible to establish pre the buying decision.

I would much rather have an Apple product even if I have to miss out on an update or two due to budget requirements knowing I have a quality product that is supported by a consistent upgrade policy. Yes I know that eventually Apple stop supporting older products, but not until they are long past their sell by date.

So go for it Android. grab that number one spot. Let flash work on your handsets. Keep those digital nut jobs away from my iPhone.

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Megg_Ellis
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Megg_Ellis Wednesday, 04 April 2012

Google

Since Android is owned by Google, I doubt it will go that way. Google is about Cloudware and offers many free services, whereas Apple is all about the money.

What we studied in New Media was that in fact quality doesn't always win, and marketing is key. For example, Linux is great (except that it doesn't allow for much gaming), but people will rather spend thousands on Windows. Windows came up with a tablet years ago, but when Apple introduced the iPad, suddenly everyone wanted it.

I hope that Android doesn't go the way of Apple. What people pay for isn't what they're getting - prices are inflated to ensure the execs get their end of year bonuses. Which is why China can pump out so many of their own tablets at far cheaper prices with the same quality. My mp4 player from some obscure Chinese brand offers me more than most iPods can, and continues to work. It cost me under R300.

Hopefully Android doesn't go Apple, I'd hate to be ripped off by yet another company.

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RIC007GP Wednesday, 04 April 2012

Money, money, money.

Hey Megg. I am afraid to burst your bubble, but have you noticed the ads that surround Google's "free" services. I am a huge user of Googles services, but I am under no illusion as to what they do with all that information I am providing them with on a daily basis. You don't really believe that Google are not in it for the money do you?

Android will never go the way of Apple so you can relax. They have an entirely different model. I wonder whose model is better? I kinda go with Apple since Google are following their lead all the way albeit in an entirely different direction. I really do wish them well for the reasons I have stated in my post.

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redsaid Wednesday, 04 April 2012

Security vs Sturdiness

I hear you and while I covet iEverything and -Anything for the security it offers and for the fact that it just works, I was recently quite surprised when I asked a phone technician if someone like me - who is known to make gadgets explode by merely looking at it - whether an iPhone is sturdy enough to survive the likes of me. He said no, if I want something that is virtually unbreakable, I should look towards an Android-based handset. I was quite surprised!

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Robust enough for me

Hey Red. I certainly am happy with the robustness of my iPhone. I don't see a huge difference in the build quality of the opposition and certainly not enough to make me think of changing.

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redsaid Wednesday, 04 April 2012

Security vs Sturdiness

I hear you and while I covet iEverything and -Anything for the security it offers and for the fact that it just works, I was recently quite surprised when I asked a phone technician if someone like me - who is known to make gadgets explode by merely looking at it - whether an iPhone is sturdy enough to survive the likes of me. He said no, if I want something that is virtually unbreakable, I should look towards an Android-based handset. I was quite surprised!

But yes, I agree with Megg_Ellis, Apple is still far too expensive in South Africa!

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RIC007GP Thursday, 19 April 2012

And that is why....

... the iPhone is so low down in the popularity stakes in SA. Too expensive, but I have to say that I would rather eat bread and water rather then give up Apple.

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AlcorZA Thursday, 05 April 2012

Apple and Google

I think Apple's products are over-priced everywhere... it's not just a phenomenon in South Africa. I think perhaps we just feel it a little more due to the exchange rate. Apple do make "premium" products though, so it's kind of like having to choose between a Toyota Yaris and a BMW 3 Series. They do the same thing, one is just massively more expensive than the other and offers that "little extra".

That said, Google have gone the route of open source (Android) and Apple have their closed ecosystem. Obviously, it's hard to deny that they produce quality products which work seamlessly together because they have control of their products/services from concept through to production making for a holistic ecosystem of products which just work. I'm platform agnostic, so I use iOS on my iPad 2, i had a Samsung Galaxy S Android smartphone (which my wife now uses) and I now have a Nokia Lumia 800 with Windows Phone 7.5.

Each of these massive corporations have their own strategies. Sometimes closed ecosystems are a good thing because the company has it's own identity and spirit embedded in their product. Innovation is driven by a desire to protect their bread and butter (as is the case with Microsoft with their Windows brand, which is core to their survival), Apple with iOS and Mac OS (Darwin, which actually started from a BSD/UNIX base). But like all big companies, they all go through periods where they are dominant, produce a run of really epic products and then eventually they slip up and fade into obscurity (BlackBerry is a good example), sometimes they can make a comeback (Apple and to a degree Microsoft).

The question of security is a good one because Ric is right... computer criminals always target the most widely used platform. The adage of "cast a wide net" applies perfectly. That said, Microsoft has done (in my opinion) a fantastic (and mammoth) job of locking Windows down since their Trustworthy Computing Initiative earlier in the last decade. Windows has never been more secure, and it will continue to get more secure. Apple has the advantage of controlling their app store (rather arrogantly though) but it does vet applications so you're less likely to get malware. Google's Play isn't quite as controlled which is why we are seeing an increase in malware there, and Microsoft also control their marketplace so we should have a safer platform in Windows Phone also.

It's a tough conversation because ultimately each platform is within the eye of the beholder. I guess it's just down to whether or not your chosen flavour provides everything you need it to do.

I read an article last night (on TD Daily) that AT&T are SOLD OUT of the Nokia Lumia 900 in the US. It's apparently the biggest launch of ANY smartphone ever (even bigger than the iPhone). This alone (analysts claim) will single handedly boost Nokia (and Windows Phone) in the market-share stakes. I think too many horses running the race is a bad thing because it causes massive fragmentation, but 3 really strong horses are good for (a) driving innovation, (b) creating choice and (c) keeping costs/prices of products reasonable due to competition.

So from my side, I'm hoping Microsoft can steal at least 25% market share eventually and have a nice 3-way split with Google and Apple. It will only benefit us as consumers in the end... not so?

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RIC007GP Thursday, 05 April 2012

A good analysis of the current situation

I find that the integration of iPad, iPhone and iPod is keeping me firmly in the Apple court. I love that I only have to do something on one device to have it mirrored on all the others.

Of all the other phones I have tried Web OS and the new Windows have impressed me the most. HP seemed to have singlehandedly killed off Web OS so that leaves Windows as the possible third OS in the race. I wish them luck, it seems like a good OS.

I am looking forward to the new iteration of the iPhone. That should tell us whether Apple without SJ are still capable of innovation. The 4S was a disappointment.

I think that the notion of having to rush out new hardware every year is getting in the way of creativity.

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Let me cast my mind back.........

In the late 1980 and early 1990 and even more so in south Africa than elsewhere in the world, the push for open systems was on. The dinosaur mainframes of IBM Unisys and to a lesser extent icl were being cited as expensive and difficult to communicate with. You must move to unix was what I encountered everyday in my career selling mainframes. Mainframes (like apple) were very good at security, had a depth of applications that all worked and were supported. Unix and "open systems" were cited as the future as anyone could use the basic os and enhance it.
The result is some bedlam and today with no if very few mainframes still running in south Africa the default os is windows from let me see 1 supplier so did open systems work? Maybe.
With the os on the phone market I see much the same. Windows is sort of there. The major manufacturers have or still continue to have "proprietary os" and we have yet again unix in the form of android. Will this be different? I suspect not. I have an android phone and I am very happy with it. I have a work supplied iPad and I am extra tic about it. I need a new pc at home and Mac is more than just a little tempting. I will need a new phone at the end of the year and there is only one manufacturer that I will be looking at and that is apple.

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RIC007GP Thursday, 19 April 2012

Competition is the answer

The fact that Windows has even entered the smartphone market is great and I really do wish them success as it will keep all of them on their toes and will be better for us consumers in the long run. :D

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PT.Nk Thursday, 19 April 2012

open OS and other..

In my opinion, open software is the future, and is necessary for the worldwide transformation, especially for the poor countries hence projects distributing PC’s running open software where able. The only problem that has been holding back the growth of open software especially operating system in a domestic market or use is the user ability. let’s take Ubuntu OS for example, I’ve used windows OS for a long time and the first time I operated the Ubuntu OS it was a struggle from the installation part it was I woke up to find myself descending from the sky with a parachute to a foreign land, in windows OS I used to consider myself untouchable and on a Linux OS, the word "newbie" could have been considered to describe someone who’s more clever than I was. So even Android could still be considered kind of advance for average user especially older people and others whom only wants a simple device that can do all the basic stuff cellphones used to do before smart phones or dominance of them.

Open source is here to stay, but there is still a lot of work to be done because at this stage its either you make everyone to be tech savvy or you make your software adapt especially the OS part of it, which make this a kind of a problem because Linux can be thought to have been made for power users in mind at its first development stage, hence the ability to modify everything or anything within it, which is one of the important feature for those who like extreme (stock)system modification or who like to push their device hardware way beyond the limits (Android capable of all this).

I personally love open source not only because most of the things (software, apps, programs, etc.) are free which a good thing is, SA telecommunications are engage in too much user rip-off buying all software’s will be a killer blow on the nose . To end, Macintosh OS is a stylish product build on a quality hardware (well atlist last time I checked which was during time of desktop dominance) but thanks to Microsoft fragmented hardware manufacturing I was able to have a pc with million plus user around the world at a cheaper price, which I doubt it would have been a possibility if only Apple existed as I know what a closed system is but I like to think of Apple as “jailed system”.

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RIC007GP Thursday, 19 April 2012

I really do agree

PT I really do agree with most of what you say and really do mean it when I say I want Android and even Windows to do well it will be good for all of us. Just to put things into perspective. The new version of Chrome for Android has been released and it sounds amazing, but you need a device running ice cream sandwich to be able to run it. That rules out the majority of the current Android users and I know if I was one of those owners I would be mightily pissed.

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