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Well, no. Keep thinking that “sales” are indicative of use and you’ll start getting offers for suspension bridges.
No, it means it’s cheaper. Period.
Except no, we don’t have any indication whatsoever that the inherent hackability of Android lends itself better to any field. There’s a reason businesses of all sorts forgo it for a real platform. Android “sells” because it’s cheaper in third world countries.
There are over 1 million third party apps for iOS. What are you smoking?
Now you're putting words into my mouth, I'm not rooting for Tizen or even iOS.
Even if I were rooting for a particular OS it's out of my hands as I'm not involved in OS design, promotion or marketing.
Google is not a charity, it's in the business of making money and it created Android with a view to creating money.
The question is how efficient and intelligent it is in this pursuit.
It's all very well that Android is hackable and widely used in various devices including medical systems, but with Android being given freely away, very few of these things actually generate income for Google.
One key difference between the Windows versus Mac OS and Android versus iOS battle: Microsoft made money from its Windows licensing fee.
In the long run, for the reasons given in my earlier post, fragmentation and the inability to make official updates dooms Android to being used for embedded systems or low-end near disposable handsets, the race to bottom.
These articles point out some good things I agree with - Screen sizes are what they address mostly, it's not that hard, right. However, across densities and and sizes - it's more to think about for someone who isn't familiar requiring more time to learn. - Google is containing their Play Services to update themselves independently of the OS - which is good for Google and to me to some degree.
However, these articles don't really address my problems which is the vast differences of API's available - and in some cases the flat out failure of manufacturers to correctly support their hardware. I'm not trying to claim to be the majority, but it is hard to target those features offered by and across Android versions for an incoming devs who are unfamiliar, myself included after a nice chunk of time dedicated to learning the OS.
It isn't shit, no.
But it's a pain in the ass that is discouraging.
It does suck. My first Android phone was awesome when it first game out. By the time the contract was up I was very frustrated with the old OS version and the fragmented app support. That's why I switched to t-mobile and a Nexus 4. Now I have the latest OS version the same week that Google announces it, no fragmentation experiences at all, and I'm $30/month with unlimited data and no contract.
My wife's first iPhone experience was much more pleasant than my first Android experience once I'd missed out on a few system updates b/c of carrier/mfgr lameness.
I don't buy it. Even a three month delay would be fine (not that it would come to that). The carriers and mfgrs are lame because they're trying to pull revenue out of their ass will their own app stores, pay navigation, ridiculous skinning, etc. If they just stuck to selling data, voice, and text, and would compete in the software environment of the Play Store with their stupid apps, then they would have no reason not to push updates once Google made them available. Instead, they can't do it because it would mean getting all the poorly developed apps and skins up to speed on a platform that they are no longer interested in supporting because it's not in their latest commercials.
Could be worse. Still on android, for a bit. Things got tolerable-ish once I got the Kit Kat phone, so I am holding off on an iPhone until I get some other items I need and want (including a replacement computer) and money was a big factor in that decision. $30 for a prepaid smartphone and $45/mo is a big deal when you are low income. I'm just hoping it holds up for a while as it'll take time to save up for everything else then have money for an iPhone.
Yeah, that's the plan. I'm sure something will be announced next month and up on the Play Store in October, and I'll likely buy that.
"It sucks that these phones have become so expensive. Especially if you want or need other CE as well."
Isn't it amazing how you can buy a fully-functional Android 4.4.3 tablet with everything but Bluetooth at Walmart for $79 with an 8" screen where everything is the same EXCEPT for the Bluetooth most don't use and, of course, the phone chipset for $500-$800 from any carrier? Somebody's getting screwed and it's US!
Yeah, I'm still not convinced. I just saw stories last week about the Moto getting 4.4.4. I've had it long enough that I'm wondering when 4.4.5 is landing -- I'm kind of disappointed they're this far behind. I had it in mid-July. I would be frustrated when L comes out to wait 7 weeks.
The Android app manifest (created by the developer) has a "min-sdk-version," and will not install on any systems with a lower API level (which is an integer number. Kit Kat is API level 19, for example). Applications are compiled against their min-sdk-version API (binaries) and will be forward compatible with new versions of Android. They will not be able to utilize any API features in future sdk versions though.
Here's the documentation: http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/manifest/uses-sdk-element.html
If I write an app today using API level 20 (Android "L") features, it will not run on your API 19 phone, right?