jj.yuan wrote: »
This listed "FaceTime", by Apple, in the Paid column, along with apps like "Final Cut Pro", "Cinemagraph Pro", etc. I am surprised. Isn't FaceTime free?
I think the biggest thing to take out of this article (besides seeing the past systems running smartphones) is that Samsung is hedging their bets on Android by moving forward with Tizen.
Apple and iOS won't be the determining factor on whether Android will continue to be a viable platform, it will be on what Samsung (the only one making money on the Android side) runs their devices. If they leave Android, then Android will die as a full fledged alternative. It may live on the cheap phones, but development for those customers will fizzle away.
Every smart guy who tries both Android and iPhone is next upgrade will just be an iPhone! here an example that he will notice:iPhone 5sBig Feature: You have a feature that no one has "The Hardware and Softaware configuration" that alone cost way more than 1000 $Processor: you get A7 chip -World's most advanced mobile processorCamera: you get an iPhone 5 camera "World's most popular camera" with cool features like SloMo and bigger specsFingerprint Sensor: World's most advanced Fingerprint ScannerDesign: On of the lightest and thinnest smartphone out there with a gorgeous design of alumunium and for f!!!k sake you even have sapphire diamond in itDisplay: one of the most or probably the gorgeous displays out there second after the iPad Air -No HD please stop living in the past move your butt back in the present that was cool five years ago when Blu-Ray launcedSD card Slot: don't be selfishOS: Android 4.4 Kit Kat vs iOS 7 "That is not fair how about Kit Kat vs iOS 7.1 or iOS 8"
I am sorry that I didn't make myself clear. It's the Mac app FaceTime that's Paid.
DED seems to be venturing further and further away from sanity. I look forward to his doubtless forthcoming comparison of Google Maps and the accelerometer functionality on iOS.
kibitzer wrote: »
"Security isn't a core value for Android.
This whole article seems rather silly saying how great Apple, iPhones and iOS is considering Google is said to be the future of the internet and everything else. Compared to Google and Android, Apple is seen as a failing company. Apple is definitely considered a doomed company with relatively low shareholder value based on continued loss of iPhone market share to Android. Almost no one sees Apple as being able to sustain its profits and many claim Apple will be simply put out of business within a few years as all their products are commoditized. People seem to be overlooking the fact that Google is worth $1200 a share while Apple is struggling to hold $530 a share. No intelligent investor has any faith in Apple being able to deliver new products and most believe that a high-end iPhone isn't any better than the common Android smartphone. No matter how many iPhones Apple sells, it's never nearly enough to keep pace with Android smartphone sales and that is seen as a major failing.
I honestly don't see how anyone can say that Apple is a better company than Google is when Google has the strongest backing on Wall Street. Market share remains the most important measure of how well a company is doing and Apple looks pretty sick based on shrinking market share. Doesn't it make sense that investors put their money on a company that looks like a winner? Apple certainly does not look like a winner from an investor's point of view. I have no doubt that Apple is making the most revenue and profits at the moment but nearly everyone claims those days are practically over. I'm a long-term Apple shareholder but even from my point of view Apple seems like a struggling company with nearly no one backing the company. It's never been said that Google is a dying company. Apple holds that title. Apple definitely doesn't get any respect as a company without Steve Jobs around. Tim Cook doesn't seem fit to be Apple's CEO. Apple seems to be throwing away so many opportunities to give itself a solid future despite sitting on a huge mountain of cash. I've just about given up on Apple as the company looks like it's being run into the ground.
jj.yuan wrote: »
I am sorry that I didn't make myself clear. It's the Mac app FaceTime that's Paid.
Sucks being a Softie these days, eh Gwydion? Or are you the first of a new breed of whinny Fandroids?
Now Apple Maps and Google Maps are almost indentical good but also we have to keep in mind that's 10 yrs vs 2 yrs
richl wrote: »
My first smartphone, back in 2003, was a Sony Ericsson P900i, and I've used nothing but smartphones ever since. Your revisionist history of pre-2007 smartphone market is so full of twisted facts and guesswork that it's laughable.
Not that many will spot this invented history. Very few people cared about smartphones before the iPhones and so are ignorant to what went on before 2007.
Here is what you fail to understand and this is coming from a techie/engineer who know his way around a computer system and debugs problems without the need of starting form scratch.
Apple is not interested in you as customer, they do not care if the geek crowd can play around inside the phone and the file system. You are a small minority of the customers in the world, believe it of not you represent only about 5% of the world population.
I know this is hard for geeks to understand, if you want to make money and not give your stuff away, who would you sell and market to, the 5% like you or the 95% who do not care about anything that you outline as deal breakers. I have the benefit of year of working in this industry not understand why what appears to be completely obvious must do's in a product only find out people will not pay for it nor do they care about it.
They do, and always have since the beginning. Problem solved.
I bet Mac OS X makes you FURIOUS, huh? And Windows. And all flavors of Linux. Oh, and Android, too.
So… you want an operating system that is EXACTLY LIKE HOW IT IS TODAY, except the user gets to see dozens of extra files in each application that that application CANNOT OPEN, wasting visual space and serving only to confuse and dishearten the user.
You don’t get it at all.
And you’re completely bonkers.
So you’ve never used a Mac, then.
While we’re at it, why don’t we make it so iOS can only be used with a cursor, huh? Plug a mouse into one of those magical “fully featured USB ports” and have at it.
Enjoy never buying any computer running any operating system from any manufacturer.
Great article, though I don't know why would you even compare iOS to Android? Apple has a completely unique procedure of working. They see the future better than any other company (and this has been proved many times). They design products that are beautiful, easy-to-use and and that sing the ballads of quality. Google on the other hand seized just one great opportunity (the internet search), and well, has been playing the catch-up part ever since on every other front they try to bag.
It's like comparing Jaguar E-type to a Lincoln Town Car - one was a British design so immaculate, it instantly became the standard definition of 'beauty', the other, was some car that just happened to be 'made' cheaply for the masses. It doesn't matter if the Lincoln sold 10 times as much, it doesn't even come close to the former.
Android is going DOWN! it is just like Java and it will soon be as unpopular as Windows among us premium buyers. Nobody has ever made a dime selling Android. Not even Google. They will abandon it soon.
I usually like the editorials but this one if off the deep side and not at all balanced. Android is now an ecosystem like iOS and unlike Symbian, etc. It and iOS will both have staying power for a long time as consumers are invested in both. One does not have to fail for other to succeed. You will likely see share shift back and forth over the coming years. Apple can grow from 20% of market to 40% over the years but Android won't be going the way of Symbian for a long time - especially since Apple won't take on the low end at all. I think a larger Apple phone will mean more to consumers than 64 bit. After that, it will be their ability to make iBeacon and payments relevant so you will really want an Apple phone or be missing out on more things.
Android is hardly like iOS in terms of ecosystem. First of all, you need a singular platform in order to build a viable ecosystem around and Android is broken into many different platforms that all have unique hardware features and services. You have the "pure" Android experience in Google's Nexus line. Motorola had some very unique hardware features in their Droid line. And although Samsung seems to act like they're "pure" Android, they have many of their own services and hardware devices that only work within their Galaxy ecosystem. And then there's Amazon, who's Kindle is so far removed from what Android is, it shouldn't even be considered an Android device (they forked Android years ago to create their FireOS). The fact is, Android is more of an OS for building platforms than platform itself, which is actually a good thing. Unfortunately, all Android-based devices are grouped together whether they're compatible with each other or not. It's misleading from a development point-of-view where you might want to target the largest section of a market to get more "bang for your buck" so to speak.
Apple's iOS ecosystem is built around hardware, software/OS, and services and their ability to control, maintain, and advance them. They have the largest compatible installed base that developers of software, hardware peripherals, services, and makers of accessories can target. Not only that they have the largest pool of users who have money and are willing spend it. Combine all these things together and you end up with a thriving, sustainable ecosystem - regardless of marketshare numbers.
As far as Android going away... Android currently enjoys brand recognition, so of course OEMs are going to flock to it. But they can change their course just as quickly as they did with Symbian; all that needs to happen is a viable alternative is released on the market and gains some notoriety. Android struggled for its first year, because promises were made by both Nokia and Microsoft that they will soon have an OS that could compete with the iPhone. After waiting too long for this to happen, all the OEMs switched to Android and it only took a year. Furthermore, a vast majority of people who use an Android device, don't even give a crap that it's Android - they were only interested in the price of the device.
Android's biggest problem is of course Samsung, who over the course of the last 3 or 4 years have done everything to emulate Apple's business model. What google needs to worry about is that Samsung goes the next step and switched its flagship line to their own OS - Tizen. Over time, that could trickle down to cheaper and cheaper phones severely cutting into Android's marketshare.