But why Android? What about it has garnered my undying loyalty? What sets it apart from iOS? All good questions, and I hope that I can convey it here. Android has always just been exactly what I needed, whether it be in feature, use, or feel. They make development easy for those willing to venture into that world, and making it easier for enthusiasts such as myself to dabble with the results of those devs. Cyanogenmod for example, a completely custom version of the operating system, based off of an entire community’s ideas and requests. Can you find these things on iOS? No, not in the slightest. Don’t let anyone tell you that jailbreaking an iPhone gives you near the same things that a full custom ROM can. I can change virtually everything about my phone, from battery size, to theme, and everything in between. So what about those people that don’t want to mod their phones, or are just looking for ease of use from a device? Well, if you have ever seen a Samsung device, and how it is built, they are directly built for the everyday person without skimping on hardware. Countless apps, utilities, pieces of hardware, all of that, all made to make the everyday person’s day easier or more enjoyable. I could and would go on and on about neat (gimmicky) features that the masses love, but that is another blog.
So why do I complain so much about certain Android things? Short answer is easy; because Google sets the bar for themselves, and I hold them to it. Lately there have been a few things I found lacking in the Google/Chrome/Android world, and it is just not up to the quality we as Android consumers are looking for. One of the biggest is, after this many years, why is it they have yet to find a battery that can last a full days use, that doesn’t make the phone weigh more than my left boot? For the same matter, one that isn’t the size of my left boot? Battery technology grows every day, and manufacturers keep choosing one or two generations behind in battery tech, and just keep throwing mAh at it. Build an OS that uses less power to run, build a battery that can keep up, hell, utilize kinetic technology or solar power to trickle charge the thing throughout the day! None of these things are out of grasp. Find a new screen technology not based on glass? That can’t be too far-fetched, right? This one I haven’t done much research on, but there has to be a better solution, is Plexiglas so out of the question? Another gripe I have on Android is the complete utter lack of decent gaming. Nvidia Shield is out, but extremely few games available, and even less of them worth playing, in my opinion. You want to show the masses that gaming on Android is a good idea? Throw one of those super popular games on there like, you know, Call of Duty or Madden. Prove to people that playing these games on mobile, or even on the Shield, is worth it. Mobile gaming can be such a great market for this if Android and the developers catch up with what Nvidia has done already.
What it comes down to is, Android has a much higher potential in the long run of things than Apple’s hardware and software combo. They are not limited to one view of the product, because many manufacturers get a crack at building devices, Google affords them all the pleasure of tweaking Android’s software to fit their needs and their vision of Android. Gaming is a huge potential market, if they would put for the actual effort of making it work. They have the potential and always have. Apple is a rock solid product, but it will always be leashed by its limitations.
These are my thoughts.