Scoble Stays on Android, and He Is Not Alone!

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Scoble Stays on Android, and He Is Not Alone!

Robert Scoble has just said again that he stays on Android.  
This follows a few others like Paul Stamatiou, TechHive’s Andy Ihnatko, and even Guy Kawasaki have made surprising revelations – they are moving to Android phones and tablets.  On Quora, Scoble says, “I saw a new series of trends that, bundled up, bring us to contextual computing … Most of the apps in this new field are on Android.” Stamatiou decided he had to immerse himself more fully in Android to create better products on this platform.  He notes, “You can access the file-system, the hardware, use intents to pass data to other apps and services, and, much more.” As a writer for TechHive and other tech websites, Andy Ihnatko has the unique opportunity to spend time with new phones and operating systems without pesky contracts.  He explains, “Almost anything I do that involves one app working with another app is much, much easier on an Android device than on an iPhone, thanks to a deep-rooted mechanism for interapp collaboration.” While Guy Kawasaki sums it up,”To me the great irony is that Apple’s slogan was `Think Different,’ but today if you think different you’re looking at Android.”

This innovation in app technology is driven by the freedom to customize, tailor, and craft a dynamic, intuitive experience on the Android platform. The creative possibilities available for developers in this environment free of the restrictive iOS app development program have enabled the insightful Google Now app, enhanced voice recognition software uses, and created practical solutions to everyday challenges–the simple, cohesive notifications interface is a perfect example of streamlining a process that iOS has made laborious.  Developers are taking advantage of the malleable and innovative Android platform and converting even the most devoted iOS users in the process.  These influential tech movers and shakers have made dramatic shifts in their thinking, and they have each articulated how and why they made the move from iOS to Android with candor and thoughtfulness.  But, as all of these guys make clear, there are still iOS advantages with its excellent camera and smooth, intuitive interface.
Paul Stamatiou’s blog post documents the unmatched integration of Google into virtually every aspect of day to day life with incredible detail and insight.  “It only took that first week to realize I wasn’t really locked into the Apple ecosystem and certainly not iCloud,” he says.  From Gmail to Google calendars to the relatively new verb “google,” Google has amazing insight into how we live and work and has used this information to develop Android app technology that streamlines, organizes, and enhances mobile experience.  Stamatiou explores the latest iteration of this cohesive experience, as Google Now predicts the information you may need based on travel plans, appointments, locations, and more from your Google services on your devices.  

Stamatiou confesses, “I do, however, miss iMessage. I ended up setting Facebook Messenger as my default SMS app (yes you can set default apps!).”  The ability to customize apps, eliminate those you don’t like or want, and alter settings has a broad appeal to Stamatiou and other Android converts.  Simply put, Google iOS apps do not have the enhanced level of functionality available on Android.  Perhaps, this simple fact describes the limitations of iOS as developers create the next generation of mobile apps.  Developers are finding they can do more on Android.

The generous room for innovation on the Android platform can lead to practical, yet can’t-live-without solutions.  Guy Kawasaki shares in an interview with that he is particularly drawn to “support for NFC (near field communication), true multitasking and the ability to see all of his apps in alphabetical order.”  The brilliance of a standard charging cable leads him to say, “Another thing I like with Android is they don’t have some stupid proprietary cable.”  Robert Scoble makes a compelling case for the leap forward in voice recognition software on Android.  He says, “Since it is illegal to touch a phone while driving, both Glass and Moto X are big deals for me since I drive 1.5 hours every day.”  Siri cannot initiate a phone call without at least one touch on the phone.

Android is slowly shrugging the reputation of being without similar style and finesse of the iOS system.  In his multi-part series documenting his transition from iOS to Android for, Andy Ihnatko says, “Most of the time, I could find feature-equal Android versions of the same apps I had been using in iOS. When I couldn’t, I found Android substitutes that I liked just as much or even more.”  Design-driven and chic apps are finding their way to the Google Play store with modern graphics and slick interface.  A great example of the merging of Android technology and high-end design is Google Glass.  Scoble shares, “Google Glass is a real game changer. No other consumer electronics device knows where I’m aimed, where I’m looking, and has such a consistent access to my context through the sensors inside.”  In fact, fashion designers are stuck designing expensive and stylish iPhone cases, while Google Glass is an accessory worthy of the runway at the Diane Von Furstenberg show at New York Fashion Week.

The freedom to express, experiment, and examine ways to make life more productive, fun, and exciting with Android is here.  The restrictions of the iOS app development program have created an opportunity for app developers to explore and take advantage of Android’s dynamic platform.  As Paul Stamatiou puts it, “I needed to more intimately grok Android UI paradigms.”  And surely, with fresh perspective and spirited exploration, Android developers will grok and overtake iOS’s consumer-friendly edge – and integrate a much needed awesome camera.

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