Apple After Steve Jobs

On Android Updates According to HTC

Why is it so complicated and hard to get updates on Android devices finally explained? HTC tells it all. Warning, this is ugly.

Now, compare this to iOS updates. Apple’s iOS 7 is already running on nearly 80% of all iOS devices (iPhones, iPod touches, iPads) only after three months on the market. Still, according to some people, this is part of a big plan designed by Apple to force people to upgrade to newer devices because iOS 7 on older devices sucks. So you see, this is a damned if they do, damned if they don’t scenario for Apple.

The question becomes: where is the real planned obsolescence, from Apple who provides free upgrades to iOS for more than three years old devices or from Android where cheap devices cannot be upgraded unless you buy a new one? 

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Thanks for your comments so far.

On the Apple v Android question. It is absolutely our plan to have quality products out on both products as soon as possible. There are three main factors we had to keep in mind when lining up releases: development, testing and launch complexity.

As the BBC Sport app is a hybrid app, based on the new Sport mobile browser site, the platform-specific development can progress in parallel, building on the core browser site. The decision to launch the core mobile browser site first (before either app) was itself to ensure that users got a quality product across as wide a range of devices as possible. The Android-specific development is very close to completion.

Due to the huge range of Android devices, testing for that platform is more complex and therefore takes more time.

And finally, scheduling ‘big bang’ launches, across a range of platforms, increases risk, and we want to ensure launches are as smooth as possible for users. Back in July, when we launched the Olympics app for iPhone and Android together, we saw over three times as many downloads of the iPhone version. Android continues to grow apace but this, together with the development and testing complexity, led us to the decision to phase the iOS app first.

Features also add complexity (and risk) to launches, which is why we’ll be adding football teams, team customisation and video in the coming weeks, across all platforms, rather than at launch.

@ Uncle Fred - From an operating system point of view the Kindle Fire is an Android device, rather than a separate class of ‘build’, so requires relatively little additional development effort.

From Lucie McClean of the BBC itself.

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While Android is out of control, the iPhone just works

What a telling story and an excellent article on BGR: iConfess: Why an Android fan recommends the iPhone. Here is the fundamental problem on Android: its “openness” allow every OEM on earth sell every kind of hardware with Android on it. So many OEMs. So many phone models. They must differentiate all of them somehow so they create skins and artificial layers to make Android look… different depending of market segment, phone size, etc. Now let the carriers in. This makes matters worse. They load the phones with crapware, they sell phones that they won’t update their operating system. Finally, let the customers in. They want to buy a smartphone. The only reasonable buying decision for them beside all these differentiation efforts is to go with the smartphone du jour only to feel bad a few weeks later as better smartphones comes out and they learn that their new phone won’t be able to take advantage of new Android updates. Android is a mess, a complete mess.

Now, consider Apple’s iPhone. As of this writing, three basic models to choose from. Only three models offered and they managed to dominate US sales in 2011. One user experience. Highest customer satisfaction. Some calls the Apple ecosystem a closed one. Maybe. But customers love it and this translate in Apple’s success and validate their approach: only create great products that people will love to use and enjoy. 

Less is more. Some are contemplating this to reduce they smartphone offerings in 2012

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