I have an iPhone, an iPad, an iMac and a Macbook Pro at home. I have been a user of Apple products for years now. This is not to say I haven’t tried other options. I tried too many to be honest.
This article is not meant to be a flame of Android, rather a well thought out diagnosis of what believe to be a fatal flaw.
I went through a period where I went without a smartphone all together. I was struggling with keeping my iPhone in check when around the family. This was a time for me to reset my priorities and help refocus my love for the Apple products I use today.
After my time of no smartphones, I went through 4 Android phones, 3 on AT&T and 1 on Verizon. The lack of integration between the networks, the phones and the software was tough to take after having iOS on my phone.
The fragmentation of Android is why it will fall.
The downfall of Android can be due to many factors but here are three points I want to touch on.
Too Many OS versions (Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and soon to be Jelly Bean)
Confused yet? Do you know what version you have? Depending on how long ago a device was purchased you may even be out of luck with future upgrades.
This fragmentation drove me nuts. Keep it simple, even for us tech guys and we all will be happy. As a support person at a vendor such as Best Buy, this must be a nightmare to help the customers.
Within the 2 months that I went through 4 phones, 3 out of the 4 had a different version of the OS.
Various sizes, differing carriers, Phones and TVs, Oh My!
Consistency is a good thing in life. Having over 109 phones, more than 80 tablets, E-Readers and TV’s (I own a Google TV), how can you know what Android truly is as the consumer?
Out of the 109 phones, how many can upgrade to the latest OS? Is that dependent upon when the carrier decides they want to support it or hack it to their liking?
Out of the more than 80 tablets, who can upgrade? When can they upgrade?
Fragmentation is rampant amongst these devices.
Device manufacturers branching their own versions of Android
This is the killer right here! The ability and availability to “brand” the OS on the carrier and manufacturer side is maddening to say the least. The options screens, the wallpapers, the carrier specific apps, the GUI. It all makes it hard for Android to stay Android.
Case in point, the settings and options of my 4 different Android devices all had different ways to get to the same settings, had different names for the same setting etc. My lovely wife thought she had Droid, the same as everyone else who had a Droid phone.
This has been an ongoing issue for many customers. I left Verizon back in the day for the original iPhone due to the fact that Verizon had to stamp all of their crap onto the phones OS’s. LG and Samsung phones were riddled with it.
Whats your opinion? Am I close? Am I way off? Will Android die soon?