Why do I pick the iPhone over Android?

Thursday, October 27th, 2011 | Business | by

Saw an excellent visual representation with the problem on Android devices at theUnderstatement, Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support.

As a web developer geek, I have a soft spot in my heart for open source.  It’s how software should be developed, and how things should work.  In reality, it’s not the perfect environment it should be.

End users are lazy (I will leave it at that), developer’s aren’t the most user friendly, and developing software is complicated.

These problems are what cause  web developers to have a hard time (even though we have the W3C, and major support for a single version of HTML).  App developers have an even harder time.  iOS developers are in a much better position because of the stability of their platform.  Android app developers have tough competition in terms of getting their apps to work perfectly on all types of devices.  With open source comes extreme complexity in supporting older APIs, older hardware specs, and various manufacture modifications.

The graphic speaks for itself, the creator (Michael DeGusta) did an excellent job illustrating this problem.

Android & iPhone Update History

All that green next to the iPhone models is why it is a better platform to support as a developer.

How can any startup app developer test every possible device with Android?  I don’t even want to compute the permutations of devices and software versions.

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2 Comments to Why do I pick the iPhone over Android?

Mario
October 27, 2011

This does not include the work of CyonganMod or XDA developers. I still have a function G1 that I use for testing/paying around with. That said I have iphone 1 as well. (RUNNING ANDROID).

seangw
October 27, 2011

That’s the problem though. There are solutions, and the Android phones can be capable of being up to date, but the hoops that non tech folks have to jump through are too high.

It’s cool that this is done (and that the iPhone can be jailbroken to do anything also), but it can’t be this hard. If a device is “locked”, the least it can provide is a more standardized platform.

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