Android vs. Apple (Part One) Chad Brundy 6 October, 2010 6 Comments Baseball, Apple (Cupertino’s slice of the pie) and Chevrolet. Three staples in America symbolizing long held traditions entrenched in our nation’s culture. Two of the three have endured some turbulence over the years, from “Juicing”, to an outright government takeover, while the other has reaped tremendous profits from seeds sown long ago. As with everything in life, times are forever changing and with such a frantic pace, if you’re not trying to board the next plane while mid-flight, you simply won’t stand a chance of remaining competitive in a here today, gone tomorrow world. Finally someone smarter than I in Cupertino is beginning to take notice of a very large fish in what is becoming a very small pool of water. That mechanical fish, better known as Android, is in the midst of a feeding frenzy with an appetite for destruction. I was beginning to wonder, knowing full well I’m certainly not the sharpest tool in the shed, but even so, I don’t need a pair of Google Goggles to see the writing on the wall. All that closed source nonsense that Apple is so arrogantly the proprietor of has taken note of open source Android and its ever growing market share. A direct reflection of the freedom and lack of constraints it ceases to impose is in stark opposition to Apple’s current policies. Apple is slowly opening its doors in various ways showing signs of an adaptive nature, and taking on the idiom, “If you can’t beat them, then join them.” Apple is to Android what Ali was to Frazier, Arnold Palmer to Jack Nicklaus, Bjorn Borg to John McEnroe. Rivalries forever etched in our minds, pushing one another to the breaking point while giving us timeless memories in their unbelievable achievements. The tech industry is in the middle of one of these epic battles, pitting the two behemoths against one another in an arena that is filled with satiated techies. As these two confront one another mano a mano, laying all their efforts, advancements, and engineering wonders on the line, we are left speculating as to who will be the last Titan standing. The crazy thing is, these two are battling it out for us! Yes us, the consumer! Sure their pockets are being lined with more cash than Warren Buffett and Bill Gates have in their personal piggy banks, but look at what we are getting in return. Upper echelon smartphones and tablets that were once only affordable for the Sultan of Brunei, are now available to the masses. We have Apple, the Pioneers and Trailblazers of our time to thank for products such as the iPod, iPad, and the iPhone. Without their innovation we quite possibly might not even have an Android. In the same breath, we have Google to thank for having the moxie to stand up fearlessly to a formidable opponent giving life to Android enabling it to reach new plateaus that are seemingly out of anyone’s grasp. It’s time for Apple to move over, there is a new Big Man on Campus and they are showing the former champ how to get it done. It’s either OPEN SOURCE or CLOSED DOORS! Part Two: Evidence http://twitter.com/bhilgeman Brandon Hilgeman you’re not your (second paragraph) Anonymous I was fed up with Steve Jobs’ arrogance and the Flash-less future of the iPhone, so I jumped when the Galaxy S came out.I love the openness idea behind Android. I also hate the closed reality of it.It seems like every manufacturer and carrier modify Android enough so they can lock vital portions of their phones. Then they end-of-life perfectly capable hardware, so that the suckers who bought it will have to upgrade their hardware, if they want the fixes and improvements which come with the next OS release.I had to jailbreak my iPhone, so I can modify it. Now I have to root my Android, so I can modify it. Yeah, Android is more modifiable, but also most modifications are less stable than on the iPhone. Even tethering is much more finicky on the Android, than it was on the iPhone.I am not ready to go back to the iPhone, although if there was a 4″+ screen on the next version, I might be tempted.But Android has not delivered on its promises either, primarily because of manufacturer modifications. My Galaxy S still doesn’t have Froyo or Flash, and still doesn’t have a well-working GPS or compass.At least with Apple, I knew that as long as the hardware supported an OS upgrade, I was assured of getting it.I don’t believe anymore that my Galaxy S will ever see Gingerbread http://twitter.com/usopen6566 Chad Brundy Hey great response! You have a lot of valid points. Good news is your rooted Galaxy S phone has a lag fix, GPS fix, and Flash support on various roms over at XDA. You are so right in that it sucks manufacturers lock the stock Android down, but thank goodness for the XDA community. I can’t say for sure your phone will get Gingerbread as an OTA update straight from your carrier. But I CAN and WILL guarantee your phone will have Gingerbread on some rom from some developer at XDA and more than likely it will be better than the OTA update with more customization. Appreciate you taking the time to write such a heartfelt response! md “All that closed source non-sense that Apple is so arrogantly the proprietor of” Please see: http://www.opensource.apple.com/ Oh yeah, and the web browser included with Android’s OS uses the WebKit engine. Written by Apple. And open source (www.webkit.org). Why create a holy war? They’re both good platforms (that is iOS and Android). Google and Apple are both good companies. They both have merit. They both have their place. If you’re going to insist on fighting it out, stop acting like a fanboy and at least do some research for some fair assessment. Note too that I don’t think Apple fanboys are any better. Can you write some reasoned articles about the topic, or should I not expect more from a site called ‘Android*Spin*’? http://twitter.com/usopen6566 Chad Brundy Hence the part two MD. My reasons are coming and thank you for your response. I give Apple a great deal of props in this piece acknowledging the great company they are. By the way, in response to not having a fair assessment, how many other manufacturers are able to use iOS? None right! md “All that closed source non-sense that Apple is so arrogantly the proprietor of” Please see: http://www.opensource.apple.com/ Oh yeah, and the web browser included with Android’s OS uses the WebKit engine. Written by Apple. And open source (www.webkit.org). Why create a holy war? They’re both good platforms (that is iOS and Android). Google and Apple are both good companies. They both have merit. They both have their place. If you’re going to insist on fighting it out, stop acting like a fanboy and at least do some research for some fair assessment. Note too that I don’t think Apple fanboys are any better. Can you write some reasoned articles about the topic, or should I not expect more from a site called ‘Android*Spin*’?