Apple can never win (this way), since it takes too much money and trouble to get your apps in there.
I think you will find that Nokia have discarded their Symbian OS and are now looking to utilise Windows Mobile 7.
Experience on both Market/Appstore only difference i see is market is for business and Appstore is for Passion, Quality matters !!!!
Why are you all hung up on pointless fart apps?! Are you saying majority of apps in Android Market/Appstore consist of fart apps, but yes there are quite some pointless apps but you will not download those, will ya?!
Focus on the quantity of quality apps/games in both systems!
It is a fact that at the moment iOS leads in games because all the major game developer studios (Gameloft, EA Mobile,...) released more iOS titles than Android titles (you can not argue about this, sorry applehaters).
There is also a growing problem with Android's SoC fragmentation: Hummingbird, Exynos, Snapdragon, OMAP, Tegra,.... Not all games written for Hummingbird work on Snapdragon and vice versa. Good example is: Krazy Kart Racing, Monopoly HD,....
So developing games for android is painfull from the developer's perspective.
Apps on the other hand are "better" for Android, because Google is more open so developers can develop good apps like Tasker that can make your life really easy.
Downside of no quality control? Apps can crash and/or drain your battery really fast (Asphalt5, Fruit Ninja, Dialer/Phone app, Gallery 3D, A Online Radio,...).
But with growing Android devices there will be growing demand for quality apps/games for Android, and we all like that, don't we? :D
Oh, I am a SGS user so I know what I'm talking about!
axiom joe, 21 Mar 2011Windows phone 7 is amazing. I have never been tempted by iPhone and just do not even wish to t... moreWhat... what happen with Symbians? Of course, they are disapearing more and more in this app war.
Now i use N97, and i think this system today is too limited of variety of app.
My friend has N8,with S^3,and get frustrating too because of variety off app, especially games.
I love Symbian, how i would continue to use them... but i'll tell you.. The Android will be the God of War!
Each OS is a marvell on its own.
First smartphone OS was Windows.
even though hard to use at that time, it is one of the best yet and capable of running at 32MB of ram and still giving u so much of functionality. Just that its evolution was rather slow and inconsistent. iOS made it easy but with quite a big price tag. Android made it bigger and open sourced. Windows phone 7 just realised they need to revolutionise and evolve itself. Sadly they woke up too late. I hope they will catch soon and make it bigger than ever. And a bit more with options.
Anonymous, 21 Mar 2011dude your totally misinformed, you say none of the droid apps is taking advantage of its hardw... moreYou're joking right? Have you had a look at titles like Infinity Blade, NOVA 2, LOST PLANET, RAGE HD and about 5.000 others? The graphics performance and gameplay in these apps put 6th Generation consoles to shame!
Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to prove that Android apps are rubbish. But the truth is that they're not as advanced or as mature as their iOS equivelants.
Lets all hope that Android developers manage to catch up to their iOS competitors soon.
Have a nice day!
Windows phone 7 is amazing. I have never been tempted by iPhone and just do not even wish to try Android. I am sure Nokia will produce some fine machines for WP7 very soon. Have an Omnia 7 at present, but hope to get my much delayed Dell Venue Pro by the weekend;-))))
Iphone rocks!! When you get to use an Iphone, you wont want to use any other phone. that's my opinion.. respect it..lols
I have used a lot of phones with different OS and brand names. I've used Samsung phones (BADA and Android and Windows Mobile - haven't tried Windows Phone 7 yet), HTC, Motorola, Nokia and Iphone. I can honestly say that of them all, Iphone is the best!!I am a proud owner of an iphone 4. I hope i can get myself an iphone 5 when it comes out.
i`m using both android and ios, but in my opinion, the apps from android are more inferior than those from AppStore. Till know, i like more the AppStore!
me, 19 Mar 2011Also alot of people will try to compare devices strictly on hardware specs. This is WRONG. It ... moredude your totally misinformed, you say none of the droid apps is taking advantage of its hardware? kindly look at dungeon defenders THD and tell me how it compares to the iphone version...
I don't know what maths you guys are using to calculate this but 100,000 apps are alot of apps.
1000 apps are a lot of apps.
So is 10,000.
Anonymous, 20 Mar 2011Meh.. Almost all of the apps for android are free! Which means crap!"Meh.. Almost all of the apps for android are free! Which means crap!"
Yeh like angry birds right? You obviously don't know what google add support is which drives down the price of apps in the android market. A huge benefit for the consumer.
Kieran, 20 Mar 2011I don't know where you live, but over here when I had an iphone 3G I had to pay apple to get t... more"I don't know where you live, but over here when I had an iphone 3G I had to pay apple to get the latest software, let alone pay for an upgrade to a 3GS."
Pay Apple to upgrade the iPhone OS?
That has never been the case, it was only iPod Touch's that required the fee to upgrade the os which has since been abolished, and to be honest the upgrade fee wasnt that big a deal, when I had my Archos Box I had to pay for the h.264 codec, same thing.
As for paying to upgrade to the 3GS, I have to ask, what do you expect? a free phone all the time? Here in the Uk we are "INCREDIBLY LUCKY" that the networks subsidise the phones the way they do, I would love to see the Uk networks take the stance that the US operators do imagine telling the cheap sakes of britain that O2, Vodafone, Orange etc that they will only give a £100 discount (making most smart phones about £300-£400 to pay up front) if they sign a 2 year contact and that that contract will be approx £75 per month.
In comparison to your 2 broken 3G's and your sister's 4.. just be careful, these phones cost £500.. would you treat your £500 TV the same as you treat your phone? I know you said you placed them on the table, but come on, their fragile, but they're not made of rice paper.
"app stability was never impressive".. hmmmmmmm I dont know what to say to this one.. I've had the iphone since day 1 and havnt had a single app problem yet, in-between the 3GS and 4 I decided to give Android a try a had the HTC Desire for a few months and have to admit I hated it.. that stupid HTC Sense overlay kept crashing on me, NewsRob refused to load half the time and movies were always out of sync,
"Not to mention the pain in the ass email support".. again.. hmmmmmmmm.. I use gmail and have set the iPhone up as a push service and all my emails/contact/calendar and notes sync over the air without a single problem, I even have my calendar synced to my wifes iPhone and now we have a always up-to date family calendar.
Most of the rest of your post i agree with, apart from "the expense of a number of apps", I hate thinking like this, of course apps are going to be expensive, do you realise the amount of time and effort some people put into learning the programming language, designing and making their apps, even the crap ones
I dont need much apps, but if theres a lot then there bound to be some good ones.
me (the real me), 20 Mar 2011im sorry but i didnt buy my iPhone to say that im rich or that i have a shiny phone, i got it ... moreI don't know where you live, but over here when I had an iphone 3G I had to pay apple to get the latest software, let alone pay for an upgrade to a 3GS.
The iPhone has long been almost incapable of making a simple phone call, mine would drop out all the time and the iPhone 4 experience that 3 of my friends has is no different.
I have broken 2 3Gs simply placing them on a desk, and my sister broke her 4 by doing the same. Yeah, its all shiny and glossy and feels well built (if uncomfortable because its got a flat back) but reliable? I think not. Now, I won't say all android makers are great with build quality (Samsung, anyone?) but I have had two HTC's now and run one over with a 1.5 ton Executive saloon, barely even a scratch on the outer casing.
As for the OS, I flat out disagree. The iOS from when i've used it is smooth, fair enough. But app stability was never impressive, IM programs I used would crash every 15 minutes without any delay. Not to mention the pain in the ass email support, which would never syncronise with the inbox of another provider. Say I delete a message from google mail or a web mail using the phones email client, it would never delete on server.
The overwhelming majority of "low end androids" such as the Alcatel OT-980 and the new small Samsung are android 2.1 and so the apps are compatable. There is a little fragmentation when it comes to display res, but a lot of app makers work from QVGA upwards.
I read an article somewhere, admittedly I can't find it now, where they believed an overwhelming majority of the iOS apps are low quality paid for games or clone IM programs. Need I say more?
As for the person mentioning target audiences, again you are simply wrong. Or at least, you should be. The corperations really need to take into account that, in my local college (we did a poll on this recently), 78% of the students had smartphones worth £150 or more, most of which were Blackberry or Android. You can't jus say "they are young, they dont need it." Invariably, they are young means "they know how to use it a lot better than those that are wisened and stuck in their ways."
I am quite happy to admit iPhones have their advantages, music syncing being one of them (not that the playback is any better.) However, the inability to make a simple phone call, the expense of a number of apps, the initial outlay which a lot of people in the UK at least are realizing is extortionate and the requirement to rely on a syncing system which only allows you to transfer data too and from a phone on one computer (which wont affect all users but it certainly affects anyone wanting to use their phone for business).
people will buy the iPhone, and so they should for market competition. but Android, and I think blackberry, aren't going anywhere fast and will only keep expanding.
Excuse me but I found lots of (of course free) applications to cater for all my needs, making my HTC Desire a powertool. I find the "keep the apps free" strategy right, and I do believe it has contributed to the quick rise in the number of android mkt apps.
Sorry to disagree!