Android In Numbers

Written by Devin Derrickson. Posted in Applications, Featured, Mobile


I’ve been slowly watching Googles software upgrades throughout the past few years. I’ve become very interested in the way that Google handles all of its business.

Let me explain.

One thing I can’t stand, even when dealing with people, is when I expect something to be complete, and it’s not. When a company puts out a product I immediately think that, “This is what we’ve put out, our finished product, our bread and butter.” Why not believe that? They haven’t made me believe otherwise.

Google, on the other hand, kept Gmail in beta form for YEARS. The funny part is, it was finished. I can see the business model behind it. They put something out into the market people will love and use, but leave room to mess up. They don’t hear any complaints from the consumer, so the “finished” product is indirectly decided by the consumer.

This brings me to my point. I really think that Google has huge plans for the Android operating system. Instead of releasing an unfinished “Ice Cream” (we will just use this as an example), they have been putting out incremental upgrades starting with 1.0 and building up to it.

BUT, we also have another dilemma. Since we have tablets being introduced into the market, what is the finished product? What is Googles final destination? What I would really hate to see is them become like Apple. One piece of the same software spread throughout multiple devices. Don’t get me wrong, I like IOS, but it’s not my primary piece of software. I understand people complain about Googles fragmentation, but c’mon. Who out there can’t understand shaking up the industry a bit? Think of that fork in the road that actually split at 2.2 Froyo. Honeycomb to tablets, Ice Cream to mobile phones. I like the concept. It puts all devices in a class of their own.

Android being “new” is not why people jumped on it, its because its good, different, and people congregate over it. Android has created a social environment based on diversity within the same software. WE WANT DIFFERENT.

IOS is different as a whole in relation to everyone else. Android is different compared to other EXISTING versions of the same product, and everything else. You got IOS, then you have Android 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, and don’t forget, Windows Phone 7.

This post may sound a little biased, but let me make myself clear. How many versions of IOS actually are still used today? How many versions of Android are still actively used today? That’s a landslide. I tell you what though, that iPad 2 is sounding VVVERRRYYY sexy.

Look out for my next post. iPad vs The other tablets.

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