Wow, someone takes there’s phones seriously. Google is definitely not “open” (and their maneuvering with Verizon was pretty scum-baggy) but the actual guts of Android are far more open than anything that’s being done over with Apple. And if Apple were really so great for consumers, why are they forcing their customers to pay extra for functions like tethering?
Don’t kid yourself, no one here is fighting on behalf of the end users. We are merely working with the selection we have. With Apple you still get ads served up over Apple’s proprietary iAd service. Apple directs your purchases and apps through their network and their payments systems. How is that at all a favor to the end user?
Why do I hate Android? It’s definitely one of the questions I get asked most often these days. And most of those that don’t ask probably assume it’s because I’m an iPhone guy. People see negative take after negative take about the operating system and label me as “unreasonable” or “biased” or worse.
I should probably explain.
Believe it or not, I actually don’t hate Android. That is to say, I don’t hate the concept of Android — in fact, at one point, I loved it. What I hate is what Android has become. And more specifically, what Google has done with Android.
“But in terms of specific features, I think integrating the iTunes blue “source list” visual style into almost every application is one of the more recent mistakes — not to mention most interface changes that were new in 10.5 including Coverflow, the addition of a search field to every Help menu (which creates a very reliable and frustrating delay each time the menu is displayed), and removing the volume and position controls from the Finder’s media preview panel, among other things. In 10.6 Apple has tried to force Exposé (which incurs an unbelievable overhead in video memory for anyone with more than three windows open) on users by tying it to the Dock, leading to horrifically frustrating scenarios where, for example, an application begins allocating memory in an infinite loop (as Chrome and Safari like to do on occasion), and in trying to force-quit it from the Dock, you hold down the mouse just a little too long, enabling exposé and setting into motion the mother of all swap-storms as OS X is forced to read gigabytes of paged-out apps in tiny 4KB increments.”—An interview with Notational Velocity developer Zachary Schneirov – Surat Says via Daring Fireball (via thisistheverge)