Until all Android developers get on board with releasing a unified product, I believe iOS will continue to outpace Android OS in overall consumer use and loyalty. Despite Android’s claims of dominance, the true reason iOS continues to outshine Android is because iOS maintains one unified operating system. Quite simply, you know when you purchase an iPhone or iPad, you’re going to be on the latest operating system. When you purchase an Android device, the answer is, “who knows.” Some Android devices are still operating on 1.5, an obsolete and extinct system.

Well, as this post shows, there’s no incentive for developers to upgrade your device. It’s too costly, and they aren’t receiving any benefits from your upgrade. Thus, in the name of “customer no-service” there isn’t a single manufacturer or wireless carrier who cares whether you have Android 1.x or Android 4.0. And you thought you were getting a 4.0 update “sometime in 2012.”

Therein lies Android’s biggest problem. With it’s open system, there is no cohesive OS to force manufacturers or wireless carriers to behave equally. They already have your money, and therefore you’re forced to continue using your outdated device while your iPhone-carrying-yuppy-friends have Siri.

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Jeff Taylor

I'm just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I'm also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.


Charles Jannace · December 26, 2011 at 10:05 pm

IMO you are correct but I’d like to offer two more reasons. Firstly, the quality and relevance of the apps in the AppStore. Apple’s hardware deficiencies are overlooked by many, including me, because of the choices available for apps. Secondly, it seems impossible to have the latest and greatest Android hardware for a week, a month? Just as one iteration comes out (e.g. Droid Bionic) there is news of another unit ready to make it obsolete in short order (e.g. Droid Razr, Google Nexus). Some people seem to like the choices but I only have so much in the budget for gadgets and I want the latest and greatest.

    Jeffrey Taylor · December 26, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Charles, those are excellent points. However, I don’t know that the choice of apps (unless we’re talking lawyer-specific apps) exceeds Android (and yes, I know there are “more” iOS apps, but really, a zit-picking app is not an app).

    I think your second reason is more relevant though. Unfortunately, in its quest for “openness,” Google relinquishes too much control to manufacturers and providers, which is exactly my point. Quality, even if it’s producing greater devices, decreases. As you state, consumers only have so much money for the next great thing.

Charles Jannace · December 27, 2011 at 10:21 am

Jeffrey, yes, I could have said lawyer related apps. My iPad, which I try to relegate strictly to my practice, is full of quality legal apps. As great as the Transformer Prime may be, I can’t see leaving what I’m familiar with and what always does the job for me.
But I’m also still amazed at many of the generic apps. Yes there are many useless apps designed just to grab .99 from people a few thousand times but I’m more amazed at the frequent upgrades to low priced, single use apps.
All in all, keeping everything in house has allowed Apple to market slightly inferior hardware and make people wait in queues to get it. I wonder where the smartphone and tablet market would be right now If Google had taken the same approach.

    Jeffrey Taylor · December 27, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Amen, brother! My biggest criticism of Google is, and probably will always be, the fact that there is too little control. I know the idea is to put as many devices into people’s hands so that Google has a great advertising platform, but the method actually cheapens the overall quality of the market.

    I think there are a lot of people who have the same opinion as you: “I can’t see leaving what I’m familiar with and what always does the job for me.” Until there’s an Android device that offers the easy-to-use familiarity, without a plethora of hacking involved, Apple will continue to dominate.

    The simple answer to your “where would the market be” question is, we would already have the “iPad killer.” I think arguably, Google is more innovative than Apple, and therefore, the “bang” included in a Google tablet or smartphone would exceed Apple’s.

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