Samantk's Blog

June 13, 2010

War of the OSes!

What is making smart phones smart? Is it is just the hardware or is there any other thing which counts? As we all know in the smart phone arena, there is a war going on between two OSes and they are Android and iOS (previously iphone OS), Google dared to enter with Android in a market so monopolized by Apple that anyone who wanted a good smart phone would invariably come up at least once with iPhone although there were others like windows and rim, it doesn’t mean that they always purchased one. This has been significantly true from the time Apple released its iPhone. I am not going to compare it with a RIM and Windows mobiles for many reasons, one of the major ones being Corporate Orientated

Then along came Android a green Robot with promise of everything free! It is an open source Linux based OS. What was so significant in it? Was it a revolutionary OS that could beat any other Smart phone OS?I think it was just the blessing it received by being their baby and some co-ordinate effort by Google! It’s like the war between Windows and Linux (not comparing Osx for many reasons). The only difference is that Google is spending a lot of efforts into it! Everyone around is talking in terms of iPhone killer, actually it means better than iPhone. This particular thinking has emerged due to a lack of another proper phone which could exceed iPhone’s features. There are now so many Android phones in the market that every other phone released with Android is touted as a iPhone Killer!! J

Thinking practically I think that it is not possible to beat an iPhone in today’s market! The reasons are many, but a very significant reason is everyone in apple is working on the same hardware, they are working on a single Operating System, and there is no variation there! When it comes to Android everyone is building a layer on top of it, anyone can do anything, do you understand what it means, and it means confusion! Android is open source, that is a excellent thing but what happens is un directed development which is difficult to control. We’ll you can say that it will be an Organic growth, but it being a software code, I personally think that it should not have anything to do with Organic. Apple takes over at this point, there are features in an Android that iPhone 4 still do not have, and that looks excellent on the paper only. When a user is trying to use that feature there is many a chance that it will not work as intended, because it was tested on some other platform. HTC, Motorola and LG devices cannot be updated to the newest OS as and when released because there are so many modifications limited to their Product. Whereas with Apple, it works and works properly, they are committed to one platform and whatever they come up with they try to make it perfect so that the user does not get irritated.. Being a developer one can be contented with unstable applications as he sees opportunity in that to improve, whereas, a user who is purely using it might not like it so much.

This war between the two sides will go on for a long time to come as both sides have heavy ammunitions in their arsenal and it will be fun to be in the middle of this war.. I for one feel that if Android can be directed into unified and directed development, it has the potential to overcome the monopoly which Apple enjoyed in that segment and it has a potential to be on a multi-application level where in it can be used for any type of mobile device, but that remains largely to be seen in the coming days. Have fun!


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