Originally Posted by ghostface147
Just remember that the first Android phone wasn't all that at all, but has quickly matured into the powerhouse that it is now.
Android is never going to be finished and never going to be as good as iOS. It's always going to be what it was actually designed
as, which is a "good enough" copy/alternative to iOS.
Android is open source. Open source is "design by committee," and has all the inherent problems of that methodology (i.e. - crap design). It will end up the same as it's open source desktop cousin in the Linux family. Desktop Linux always was and always will be "almost there" in terms of having a finished working UI, and "just around the corner" from true popularity. It will never
be popular with "regular" folks who aren't interested in getting involved in the coding process. The only folks that truly *love* Linux are those that contribute to it's creation, the average person doesn't give a crap about it or Android.
Android is the same but for mobile devices. It will have all the same problems and it will all end the same way. The only reason people are buying Android devices in droves right now is that they are being marketed to them in huge numbers, (and given away for free), but mainly because the excitement around the new emerging mobile platform is driving sales of all similar devices
. It's the same as when the desktop came out. There were many, many
contenders that rode the initial wave of device types, but the IBM compatible won out. There is a lot of excitement right now, and a lot of different competing devices, but at the end of the day there will be either a standard (or a couple of standards), and most of the devices coming out now will be history in a few short years.
Android will always be like OpenOffice (a bad copy of Office), or Linux (a bad copy of Unix/Apple/Windows). It can't be anything else as long as it's open source software, and the average person doesn't buy, like, need, or get anything out of open source junk.