Originally Posted by extremeskater
Yeah I am spoiled I have two Apple Stores in my area. Its without a doubt the best situation to go to an Apple Store for anything even more so if you are having a problem.
Android still shocks me . While sales overall are doing really well I am just surprised that a company as large as Google doesn't have their shit together better with the entire Android situation.
I guess we'll see. At the moment they seem to be doing pretty great just putting Android out there and letting the handset manufacturers have at it. What remains to be seen is whether or not this amounts to building a house on sand, where fragmentation, lack of quality control, hardware partner customizations, carrier customization, and razor thin margins drive the overall experience into a ditch.
At the moment, most people new to smart phones (which is to say the majority of smart phone buyers) are just thrilled to have a functional brewer and email, with maybe a little app action. Soon enough, however, that's not going to be good enough. People will be looking to upgrade, and they'll be looking for actual quality, not just novelty.
Will Android be up to the task at that point, or will it have descended into lowest common denominator noise? I know Google has talented, motivated engineers working on Android, but at the end of the day they're an advertising company and a zillion mediocre handsets running Google services suits them just fine. Apple is a hardware and software company, and they will compete by making the iOS platform as good as they can possibly make it. I think over the long haul that makes a real difference.
Which is not to say that Android won't solidify its position as default smart phone OS. It's free, after all, and ready to be modified for each players needs. But "default smart phone OS" will come to mean "default OS", which can amount to "indifferent vanilla OS they throw on free phones to be sold in cash strapped markets." Ask Nokia how that's worked out.