Gone are the days when Microsoft ruled the roost and Apple was a player with just a tiny but discerning share of the market; today, Apple is taking the world by storm with its innovative and stylish gadgets. The focus is no longer on the Mac but on the iPhone and the iPad. However, Google is not one to sit idly by and watch Apple take all the honors – this relative upstart is now king of the Internet; in a short time, it has become a force to reckon with, so much so that it is eating into Apple’s market and threatening Steve Jobs’ domain.
The latest battle being fought between the two giants in the world of technology sees Apple’s OS being pitted against Google’s Android. While you would think that Apple holds the edge because of the hype and hoopla that surround the iGadgets, there are various points in favor of Android:
- Probably the biggest advantage is that Android is open source; it’s a repeat of the Linux Vs Windows battle we’ve seen over the few decades with one major difference being that Google has the clout to upstage Apple while earlier, Microsoft steamrolled the opposition. Those who know their technology will prefer to go with the real deal (Android) than be cloistered and suffocated by the proprietary Apple OS.
- Third party phone manufacturers can choose Android for their OS, but Apple’s OS is its sole property, so it’s safe to say that a larger number of phones would sport the Android than the Apple OS.
- Even those who were once loyal to Microsoft’s Windows are now going the Android way, the most significant of them being Dell which has chosen Android for its Streak which could outsell Apple’s iPad because it has addressed and eliminated all the disadvantages of the latter. Besides this, NVidia’s Tegra 250 and Lenovo’s U1 Hybrid are also going to use Android, and chipmaker Intel too is starting to sway towards Android and away from its favorite Microsoft.
The battle has become a full-fledged war now with Apple’s iOS4 and Android 2.2 or Froyo vying for the honors. While both allow multitasking and various other fancy features and seem almost equal in most aspects, the biggest advantage that Apple has right now is that its operating system is inside gadgets and selling like hotcakes. The FroYo is yet to make its appearance although it has been snapped up by Motorola (the Droid X is being touted as the iPhone killer), Sony, LG and various other manufacturers who are set to release a slew of phones with this snazzy OS.
However, Apple’s advantage is turning out to be a double-edged sword – the company has left many people disappointed and disgruntled because they were unable to pre-order the iPhone 4, and most avid iFans are still left in the lurch. Also, the iPhone 4 seems to be suffering from reception problems, a very fragile screen that seems to break if dropped from a low height, a faulty rear camera, yellow discoloration of the screen causing a jaundiced look, and volume buttons that do the opposite of what they’re supposed to, thus causing angst to those who went to lots of trouble to be the first to get their hands on this gadget.
And if you ask most people who have had anything to with AT&T in the past, they’ll probably tell you that the reason they will choose Android over Apple OS is that they just don’t want to do business with this telecom service provider ever again – again, a major drawback for iOS4.
In my opinion, it’s just a matter of time before FroYo or any other version of Android topples Apple OS and replaces it as the best-selling OS of all time (and we’ve not even discussed RIM’s BlackBerry OS which most people still prefer instead of getting seduced by the iPhone).
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