Originally Posted by Corrections
What irrelevant flaws about Google did I recount? You can't just copy/paste an argument and change the nouns if it doesn't make any sense.
Also, stop using the word "unbiased" because you don't know what it means. Having a patronizing tone is not the same as having a point and arguing it well.
Also, the trolls posting belligerent attacks on the site and the author "do not keep AI in business."
Perhaps irrelevant flaws doesn't quite fit for what I'm thinking of, which is more in line with outright falsehoods, but I left the wording from your other post. Anyway, from this thread:
1. "Thing is, the Android versions are also often lower quality, crashier, full of ads, and rarely updated. Few apps take any real advantage of new Android features, and many do not work on anything but a select number of devices. On top, app developers from Facebook to Samsung take advantage of the non-security of Android to collect far more data and monitor the apps you install and launch and the people you call."
There are no facts to support Android apps being lower quality, crashier, full of ads, or rarely updated. Nor do apps ignore features of the newest versions of Android; they support the features, but those features won't appear on devices that don't support them (e.g. an app can offer a lock screen widget, but that option will only appear for users running 4.2). I don't think you have any evidence that app developers are collecting more data. Whether they can is another story.
2. "As opposed to say, having a huge vulnerability reported to you in February that affects your entire installed base and not even making a comment on it while you scramble to make a fix that you can't even deploy to your own pure google Nexus users, let alone the 66% of the installed base on an ancient version of Android."
I believe you're referring to the app signature vulnerability here. This vulnerability was fixed for all apps that are downloaded through Google Play. It does not require a system update except to secure against apps installed from third parties, something that Google warns against and an action which must first be approved by the user through the system security settings.
3. "Sorry the joke is on you. Android doesn't have any cool development going on and you know it. You get some second run Flash applet games with ads and you get a port of major apps, often a cycle or two late. How many years was it before Instagram was out? There's no edu apps, little safe for kids, nothing that takes any real advantage of tablets, but lots of wallpapers and apps that are pretending to be stuff you can get on iOS."
Android is lacking in tablet apps and the newest games. There are plenty of educational apps and apps for children. The apps that "pretend to be stuff you can't get on iOS" aren't pretending. Without rooting, you can change your default launcher, messaging app, keyboard, email client, etc.
4. "Remember that most "Android shipments" are whitebox estimates in China. They aren't even relevant to Western app development."
5. "Well several 100k's of people downloaded Samsung's JayZ spyware app that reads your call history, your apps in use, you location, and so on. That didn't take advantage of the key signing flaw because it was an official Samsung app leveraging Google's official spyware system. [Even more stuff about malware...]"
Malware is not a problem on Android. I've never seen any article citing numbers of infections. In fact, the only articles I've seen are sourced from anti-malware software companies. That's like a solar panel company reporting on the dangers of gas lines for water heaters.
I know exactly what unbiased means, and it has nothing to do with tone or arguing a point well. Unbiased means acknowledging faults and advantages of both your favored idea and the opposing one.
As for the trolls, I'd first argue that most of them are not trolls but instead are people who are not Apple zealots. A dissenting opinion about anything pro-Apple is labelled trolling here. Go around to the less civilized forums and discover what real trolls are. Beyond that, the back and forth between dissenting members generates a lot more traffic than a back-patting session. I imagine most comment threads would wrap up after about 20 posts if there was nothing but approval for Apple's every move. How many different ways can you say, "Good job, Apple!"?