The Hills Are Greener: Why Android is a Good Thing

The Hills Are Greener: Why Android is a Good Thing

Mar 5, 2012

Mobile World Congress in Barcelona just ended, and there is no rest for those in the world of mobile gaming with Game Developers Conference happening this week – our own Jeff Scott attended MWC and is now attending GDC this week along with myself.

However, one person who was at MWC seemed to comment anecdotally on how the conference was all about Android, but patrons seemed to be carrying around iPhones and iPads, a seemingly paradoxical case.

Well, what would manufacturers focus on besides Android? It’s not like Apple is opening up iOS for developers to make their own phones with, now is it?

Apple just does their own thing, no matter what else is going on. This is the second year in a row that they’re having a big announcement smack dab in the middle of Game Developers Conference. Literally. The place where Apple will presumably announce the next iPad is right next to the convention where hundreds of developers who make up the App Store ecosystem will be meeting their fellow developers and journalists that cover them.

This third party manufacturer support will keep Android going. It allows for more customized hardware that caters to users’ desires that iOS doesn’t provide. Want a phone that projects on to a wall? Those are available. Want a phone that’s got a keyboard? They exist. Want a huge phone? Want a small phone? Both are available. iPhones and iPads are designed to Apple specifications, but what if what users want are not compatible with their specific designs?

As well, let’s be fair – the iPhone is more identifiable than the hundreds of Android models out there. Who knows how many actual Android suers versus iPhone users were there? It seems like a silly complaint to make, but remember. This is only an anecdote, but one that needs to be criticized because I am skeptical of it.

Let’s not forget the alternatives: if the third-parties stuck around, but didn’t have Android, we’d be stuck with many operating systems with mediocre and homogenized app selection, much like the old days of mobile operating systems. Or, we’d be stuck with just iOS and maybe BlackBerry, and no customer choice in hardware at all. Is a monopoly on locked-down phone operating systems really a good thing? No. Android is a good thing. It’s not easy for developers or manufacturers to make money off of, but it’s bbetter than what the mobile world used to look like, no?

Carter Dotson
Carter Dotson, editor of Android Rundown, has been covering Android since late 2010, and the mobile industry as a whole since 2009. Originally from Texas, he has recently moved to Chicago. He loves both iOS and Android for what they are - we can all get along!
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