Android. iOS. Two different systems, with two very different types of followers.
In the Android camp, you have the tinkerers, the nerds, the folks that love living on the bleeding edge of technology.
On the iOS side, you have the mum’s and dad’s, the so-called designers, and the Apple sheep.
In the interest of being unbiased, I recently decided to “try” out Android for 30 days to form my own opinion of what makes it tick.
So here it is – in no particular order the three most important things that Android is missing in 2020
Number one – a decent messaging platform
Communication between humans is pretty important, and without it, we kind of go a little bit crazy. Apple solved this issue very early on with iMessage. It was easy to use, included all the features that you want, and most importantly, it was baked directly into every single iPhone.
Google has a bad record of collecting new messaging apps, selling them to the public, then letting it die on the vine. Firstly there was Google Talk, then Google Huddle, then Google Hangouts, and then there was Google Allo, then Google Duo….well…you get the picture.
The problem has never been that they can’t do it…it’s that they do it too much.
Now, If you’re using a Google Pixel like I am, things aren’t so bad. Google is looking to implement Rich Communication Services or RCS for short across the board. But even then they’ve had bumps in the road getting carriers to adopt it.
Then there is the whole problem of other OEM’s like Samsung or LG who still want to use their own proprietary format.
It’s so complicated and It’s why we can’t have nice things.
On the iOS side though, Apple users don’t even need to think about such issues. With messages now integrated between everything, from the Apple Watch to the iPhone and even the mac, it’s just seamless, easy to use…and like I said…baked in.
Number Two – Software Updates
Now as a Pixel Owner, I really can’t complain about this one, because it’s one of the major drawcards to buying a pixel in the first place.
The problem is…no one really buys pixel phones. If you look at the smartphone stats over the past 6 months, Google is usually in the “other” category. Way below Samsung and LG.
But I’m getting sidetracked. Let’s ignore the Pixel for a moment.
The rest of the Android manufacturers are very vague about how long they will keep phones updated to the latest version of Android outside of standard security updates.
To be fair, there is a really good reason for this. When Google releases a new version of Android, they send it to the phone manufacturer. Once the manufacturer has made their modifications they then send it to the carrier to have there fun.
After a bit of to-ing and fro-ing it finally, maybe, ends up on your phone. Some manufacturers are better than others, but many simply don’t care and expect you to upgrade to their latest phone when it comes out.
Google is also trying to sort this out by separating out functionality to apps that can be then upgrading directly in the Google Play store. So they are trying.
But you simply can’t compare that to what Apple is doing. When Apple released iOS 13 last year, it supported phones from 5 years ago. It wasn’t the best experience, but it still offers it. Stretching out your investment in the phone over 5 years, should you wish to, really negates any kind of Apple tax that you may have thought you were paying in the first place.
Number Three – Tech Support, App quality and Privacy
Okay…that’s technically 5 in total, but you might not read 5 whole points!
Tech Support for Android is….not great. If something goes wrong with your Android phone, apart from speaking to your carrier, you are really out of luck. The carrier usually uses the old “You must have installed an app that has broken it” excuse anyway. Either way, no one wants a bar of you.
If you have a problem with your iPhone, it’s a totally different experience. You pop into an Apple store and speak to a friendly human, and they help you out, it may cost you some money, but you get a result. Amazing
When you talk Apps, the mainstream apps are pretty close, unless you are talking about Snapchat…remember snapchat..which is bad on Android.
Most of the time you will find an Android equivalent on the Google Play store that you can use. What I have found is that there is a certain fit and finish to an iOS App that you don’t always see on Android. Though I do give props to Android’s “Material” Design theme, not all apps use it, and many just don’t care.
It’s a similar situation between macOS and Windows. Most Mac Apps have a similar aesthetic, while in some different versions of windows own apps or utilities, it can look like you’ve time-warped to 1998. Classic.
Finally, privacy. As a regular iPhone user, you tend to feel, and this may be way off, safer. Which you don’t always feel on Android.
Not in an, “I’m going to get attacked by a terrorist” kind of way, but in an “I kind of feel that I’m being watched kind of way.”
But in Google’s defence, it’s how they make their money, and they’re upfront with how they use your data, that we know of, and if you install Facebook on any platform, you can just expect that they go to follow you around everywhere.
So there you have it, 3 or 5 reasons but I believe Android is missing in 2020.
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