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Poll results: Can the more open nature of iOS 8 bring the Android marginals into the Apple fold?

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Poll results: Can the more open nature of iOS 8 bring the Android marginals into the Apple fold?
Just three days ago, Apple took to the stage during its annual WWDC developer meet-up, and announced the next iteration in the company's iOS history: iOS 8.

Unlike the last major update (iOS 7), iOS 8 won't feature any significant design changes, and will instead build upon the existing functionality and features stack with a number of new goodies. In fact, what really sets this particular update apart from past efforts is the underlying message it seems to carry: Apple is finally willing to open up a bit. Indeed, with support for third-party apps, (relatively) open access to the Touch ID fingerprint scanner for developers, and several other multitasking enhancements, it would appear that Cupertino is finally easing on its obsession of sandboxing everything (not that that's a necessarily bad choice).

iOS 8's feature list goes on and on, of course, but the above changes did struck us as the most essential, especially in a world it has to share with Android. In fact, one could speculate that this, in a way, could be Apple's way of addressing the growing influence of the rival OS. Which is why, immediately after Apple's event, we went ahead and asked your opinion. Could these changes and the promise they hold for the future help Tim Cook and company claw away at Android's share, specifically with people that find themselves on the fence?

A resounding "NO!", that's what the majority of poll participants, some 45.74%, had to say. Another 20.38% agreed that this new Apple approach is intriguing, but they remain skeptical for now. On the other side of the barricade, 20.79% of poll takers consider this a very real threat to Android, though they wouldn't make any bets just yet. Lastly, 13.09% consider this move to be a very real nail in Android's coffin.

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Can the more open nature of iOS 8 bring the Android marginals into the Apple fold?
For sure - iOS 8 is a nail in Android's coffin for me 13.44% (299 votes) (299 votes)
It's very possible, though it's unclear at this point 22.29% (496 votes) (496 votes)
I'm definitely intrigued by this new approach, but I'm staying with Android for now 19.73% (439 votes) (439 votes)
Absolutely not. Despite these changes, iOS is still a long way from Android and what I'm looking for 44.54% (991 votes) (991 votes)

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posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:13 9

1. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15703; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Apple is doing the right thing by gradually opening iOS rather than just make it open from the start and look like an OS in beta.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:28 17

8. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2088; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Hilarious comment... NOT.

Let us know when iOS gets out of that Alpha stage ok?

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:37 3

11. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15703; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Actually a lot of features that apple's releasing on iOS, the ones you claim android already has, were jailbreak features.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:42

13. androtaku (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


i hope not, there's no need to infest iOS with retard self-proclaim "as the one who can see clearly"
iOS need only dignified quality users,not geek,or wannabe phone reviewer

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 08:46 17

15. Scott93274 (Posts: 5168; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Root access is not needed to make Android more functional and feature rich than iOS. app store videos, interchangeable keyboards, widgets, touchless controls, "quick type" (predicting your next word when typing), cloud storage, syncing your photos online, were all things Google's been doing for a while now, some longer than others and none require root access.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 09:05 8

20. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2088; Member since: 29 May 2014)


hmmm... 2 things:

1. I didn't claim anything. Even though its true that Android already did have those features. That Apple ripped off. Blatantly. Copy much?

2. The fact that the iPhone didn't have such functionality NATO belt unless you jail broke it is pathetic and a strong testament to the iPhone being akin to nothing more than a feature phone or like one of the launchers on Android.

Apple will always be playing catch up. Hardware wise and software wise. And they will always steal from the competition. And they will unfortunately always have fanboys like you who think it's ok for Apple to blatantly rip off the competition, yet whine like 2 year olds when someone does it to Apple.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 09:49

22. Whateverman (Posts: 3283; Member since: 17 May 2009)


... most of which (about 90%) still came way after it was done on Android. Yeah, owner of a jailbroken iPad, so I know.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 09:54

23. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


If iOS will be totally open and will be installed on samsung, lg, sony or anyother then may be I will choose it again

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:10 1

27. androtaku (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


the feature u think is "ripped off" from android, existed on window and Mac computer way before android came into existant
what smart device today doing is just porting the features available loooong ago from computer platform to smart device platform

if you call ripped off,there whole lot of features android truely ripped off from early window mobile and symbian. calender, central file management,email,even dialer

Apple has those feature on MAC thousands of years ago,just that they choose not to make it into their phone. however u see it, apple did manage to make iOS experience much different to android. i don't say its better in everyway, but heck they are perfect for those who choose them.

one thing android users tend to lack is respect for other ppl preferences. i seldom see apple users critics android user preferences unless provoked. android users...on the other hand,very predictable in their way of respond

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:12

28. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Good trolling post, Mxy...

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:14 4

29. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


You just shut his gob up, and he has dissappeard.

He will never reply back to you

What a shamless troll, the guys in his 30+ and has no respect.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:16 1

30. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Android is a Linux family kernel

Apple is not. Unix.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:23 1

33. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I guess you were not on here around 2009-2012, were you?

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:24

34. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4637; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I think Arte was referring to Myx, not you.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:27 2

36. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3169; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


And a lot of jailbreak features are based on apps running on Android or BB.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:32 2

37. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4637; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


And this is the answer to why people take issue with Apple. It's not necessarily the hardware or platform, but the user base. From your statement, you apparently believe that anyone who doesn't use iOS are undignified, low quality people. Let me let you in on a little secret, IT'S A F#*$ING PHONE. Judging someone's character by the phone they carry is about as accurate as judging someone by the car they drive. Your phone isn't a window to the soul, it's a device you bought to stay connected.

I find it funny about you calling others geeks, when you're on a tech website defending a piece of tech. That my friend is a geek.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:39 2

39. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15703; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I'm not 30 or anything over 30.

You're welcome to remove that foot out your mouth.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:45 3

40. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15703; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Systems wide backup and restore

Android: root access required

iOS: just an Apple ID

App data, apps, photos, etc are all backed up

System updates

Android: dependent on oem or root required to use a custom rom

iOS: update and go

Uninstall apps

Android: from system menu, drag n drop, or via app

iOS: just one click uninstall

Don't act like android is so far ahead. Android may be able to do some of those features natively, but are those features easy, simplified, and consistent across the board?

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:47

41. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


+1

And it's attitudes like his that start the stupid OS wars.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:48 1

42. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15703; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


So you're saying android doesn't steal? Or have you forgotten android is Linux based?

If it wasn't for apple and the iPhone, there'd be no smartphone market. So don't be ignorant.

Again, a lot of those features were technically already possible via jailbreak. It's just that apple hasn't released them officially. Apple doesn't release every feature off the bat. Unlike others a lot of their features are tested and modified to fit the iPhone model.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:50

43. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15703; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


So if you want to get technical, a lot of the basic smartphone features are based on what the iphone introduced.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:50

44. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


WTHay, keep moving those goal posts. First it's ridiculing Android users for rooting their phones, now it's okay to use jailbreak features?

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:53 3

46. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2088; Member since: 29 May 2014)


You have to joking right? All iPhone fans here do is criticize Android. ESPECIALLY Mxy. So please get your facts straight and know what you're talking about before you comment.

As for those features that were present "thousands of years ago"...

1.none of these Operating systems existed thousands of years ago. You sound ridiculous.

2. Drop down menu/notifications,widgets, app sharing, air drop, heck even the smart keyboard and look of iOS8 is all ripped off from Android, WP and BlackBerry. Not to mention what iMessage stole from BBM and WhatsApp. None of those features were present on Symbian or MAC's or Windows Mobile.

What's predictable is iFans popping out of the woodwork to defend Apple blindly as if they could do no wrong. Like you just did. I was responding to what Mxy said. And here comes another iFan blindly riding to the rescue. Not even knowing why.

I could care less that you like that tinker toy OS. Mxy made a negative comment about Android. Thus my response. Mind your business next time. Or at the very least, find out why something was said before sticking your foot in your mouth.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:56 1

47. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2088; Member since: 29 May 2014)


No. They're not. Symbian, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile were all smartphone OS's that had those features years before the iPhone was even thought of.

You're really drowning in the apple flavored kool aid aren't you Mxy?

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 11:22

48. sgodsell (Posts: 4300; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


You stated Apple is not. Unix. Well its based off of FreeBSD, which is unix like.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 11:22 2

49. Scott93274 (Posts: 5168; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Stealing would require the object to be owned by another. Linux is open source for anyone to do with as they please. If Goole stole Android, then Valve, Redhat, Ubuntu are all guilty as well.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 11:44

50. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3169; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Yes they are, you won't hear me denying that. And even before the iphone, a lot of smartphone features we see today were still there. But Apple did set the standard back in 2007.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 11:47 1

51. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


You just went full retard. Just because it's Linux doesn't mean it's stolen.

And yes, there was a smartphone market before your precious iPhone.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 12:40 2

53. iampayne (Posts: 322; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Well isn't Android Open Sourced??? So accorrding to you Apple didn't steal anything. Thanks for completely invalidating your entire argument.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 13:03 1

56. iampayne (Posts: 322; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


"All iPhone fans here do is criticize Android"

So exactly what you are doing by criticizing Apple?

"made a negative comment about Android"

It actually sounds like you came

"popping out of the woodwork to defend"

And you responding to the obvious joke of 1000 years ago makes you look silly. And Drop down notifications are based from the start menu you found on Windows Mobile in the early 2000's. Android pulled an Apple and took an idea and made it better. The start menu on Windows Mobile had an option to go into your message app. So Android took that idea and made it better by just putting the message in the menu.

Whats App came out way after BBM so I think you should say Whats App copied too if Apple copied Whats App.

Widgets were a part of the OSX that lauched in 2004. Now I will also say widgets were out before that as well. Again Windows Mobile had widgets when Samsung made touch wiz on Windows Mobile phones and HTC made sense for Windows Phones in the early 2000's. Yes before the iPhone as well.

Smart keyboard, again Windows Mobile.

AirDrop has been on OSX for a while and now they are just opening it up to share between phone and PC. But its simply just bluetooth sharing which has been around for years.

All this to say your rant makes you sound just as bad as the Apple fans that rant. I have no loyalty to any brand I use what makes my life easier and don't care how other people look at it. Maybe you should try that route.

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