Apple enjoyed a monopoly in the mobile OS sector for a long time being the only such iOS out there and iPhone being the most popular mobile smart phone device ever. But Google was not to be left out far behind for long. When Google initially launched it’s mobile OS Android, it took the whole industry by surprise and gained a lot of popularity among the tech critics. So what made this stand out and above the already stable version of iOS from Apple? Why is Android any better and what features does it have that the other OS still lacks? Watch a video below from the early 2008 where couple of Google tech gurus speak about the “Apps without borders” which gives you a good overview on Android’s potential.
Android for Dummies
For those unaware, Android is just another Operating System similar to Windows or Unix or iOS created by Google which can be run on any smart devices like tablets, smartphones, netbooks, eBooks etc. Google invented this and made it as an open source for anyone to use. So any mobile manufacturing company can use this OS on their devices without having to pay any expensive license fees to Google. And moreover, since it is an open source, the users are free to customize the features to suit their devices without having to worry about royalty and legal issues. This makes it a huge incentive for any manufacturing company to consider Android over any other OS for their mobile devices.
Customers’ CHOICE Matters
This is the sole differentiating feature that makes Android the most popular OS even today. Google brings in the ‘CHOICE’ factor and allows the consumer to decide what device he wants to use, some users are more comfortable having a QWERTY keyboard, some like the touch screen option, some go by size, color or make. With Android, it is possible to have it installed on any of these various phone models as opposed to the iOS from Apple wherein the customer has to purchase an iPhone and nothing else. By opening up the choice and leaving it to the customer to decide, what Google has achieved is to nurture the competition among the mobile manufacturers to better implement the Android OS on their devices which will make the OS features grow at a rapid pace. Being an open-source, it allows developers to customize and implement the OS as required by their devices and it also allows new features to be added at an enormous growth rate.
Initially when I owned an iPhone, I didn’t really think NOT having flash player is a big deal, but when I finally gave it up for a HTC Rezound on Verizon 4G LTE, I came to realize how much of a difference it makes!!! On an iPhone or an iPad, when you are surfing the net, many a times you come across pages which do not load properly due to the absence of a flash player on iOS. That really is gross and Apple does have to do something about this sooner or it will lose whatever market share it is left with. Surfing on an Android device is way better than on an iPhone or iPad for just this alone.
Android being an open source, it let developers to create apps to suit their needs and that lead to thousands and thousands of apps available on the Google Play or previously known as Android Market. Of course this means, there might be some crappy apps out there, but hey, at the least, Google treats you like a grown-up with responsibility and not like a ‘school going kid’ not knowing what you are doing. Developers are free at their will to customize and hack the system and be more creative.
Final 5 Reasons why Android is Better than iOS (iPhone)
1. Available on All Carriers (in the US)
2. Multiple HandSets from Various manufacturers
3. Flash Player
4. Real MultiTasking
5. Open Source
Over To You
Having said all this, it is now time to share your thoughts on what you think is the better OS in the mobile industry today? What phone do you own and how satisfied are you with it? Are you planning to shift from one to the other? If so, why? I would love to hear more from you and see if everyone has the same ideas as me. So far as I am concerned, I moved from iPhone to Android and I should say I am very happy with it.