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"Predictions" that need to stop in 2012 - Part 2: Google, Android & "fragmentation"

0. phoneArena 11 Jan 2012, 12:47 posted on

Now is the time for "predictions" on what the coming year will have for us, but we're not really the clairvoyant types, so we'd rather just mention the things we all know will happen and talk about why we don't need to hear any more about it...

This is a discussion for a news. To read the whole news, click here

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 14:34 5

20. Musty18591 (Posts: 17; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


Man, u were the reason i used to enter this until i decided to register and im glad that this will b my first comment
GR88888 article indeed u r the best writer about technology and i am more than glad to Read every one u write ....
sorry about my english but i am iraqi :) keep up the good work ....

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 14:41 3

22. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Thanks! Pretty sure you're the first Iraqi fan I've had, so that's pretty cool.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 14:39 1

21. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


I also gatta say, the best article i've ever read on PA, good job Michael. If I could, I'd give you an Award for this

Good Job

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 14:43 1

23. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Thanks!

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 15:09 2

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


I went to Android because it provides choice for the consumer. I was on a custom ROM TILT I, win 6.5, and I had to decide on Apple or Android ow wait for WIN 7. Android won me over because of the varied choices and models it allows. And, yes, I am a tinkerer.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 15:10 3

25. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Good Article Michael, Very informative and enlightining to me. I like how you always step back from having a "fanboy" voice and now your purpose and audience very well.

Keep it up.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 15:37 2

27. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


thanks!

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 16:00

28. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


great article Michael.. as always very informative and neutral... extra thanks for doing Apple 1st... and sorry to hear that you have an Android phone.. sorry had to trow it in there... lol...

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 16:28 7

29. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I tried the iPhone, had the 3G for almost a year, but ultimately, I got bored with it. Everything I do on the web is Google, so Android works really well for me. And, when I get bored with it, I grab a custom ROM.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 20:37 1

35. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


With that being said, there was no point in trying the iPhone 4 or 4S, since their basically the same UI, right?

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 00:48 2

36. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Precisely.

Especially when Siri is ported to older devices via JB.

The only reason I don't get bored of my iPhone 4 is because of the huge amount of games for it. That said - I could have bought a PSP, and a Nokia phone with some e-mail\internet access - say a C7 - and my usage wouldn't be any different. In fact it would probably be more delightful since the PSP has physical buttons on it, and the C7 can at least have widgets on it's homescreens.

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 08:42 3

45. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I always try the new iPhones when they come out, but it still has the same problems for me, which is a lack of customization. Being able to set a wallpaper isn't enough. I love my widgets in Android, I love the easy sharing menu between apps. I love the deep integration with Google, because as I said, I use all Google web services. And, I like the idea that if I get bored, I can install a launcher alternative and put a skin on it, or install a custom ROM with a completely different feel to it. Not to mention, I love the enormous screen on the Nexus.

I sincerely doubt the iPhone will ever become the kind of device that I personally want to use, but I'll give it a try whenever there's a new one out.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 17:00 2

30. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


wow.. amazing read micheal...!!!!! wonderfull. thanks a lot for this amazing piece. i will have to delete something to bookmark this article.
+1 for you.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 19:00 2

32. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Thanks!

but... question: did you just type +1, or did you actually +1 the article and share it?

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 20:19 1

47. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


i actually +1 the article. again thanx for a great read.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 17:35 2

31. putes (Posts: 38; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


I am tired of the fragmentation discussion because the reality is that users don't care. They do care about choice. Choice in phone size, manufacturer, options, skins, speed and most importantly, price. Android openess enables these choices unlike Apple iOS which is basically no choice. With apple you get a fictitious Utopian world control by a dictator. Apple also has issues with OS versions (or fragmentation). After all, Siri was not ported to iPhone 4. What's up with that? I guess iPhone 4 is fragmented from iPhone 4S.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 20:13 2

34. Jarahawk (Posts: 43; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)


Awesome article. It really brought things into focus for me. Thanks!

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 02:41 2

39. chapizzo (Posts: 116; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


Nice work Michael. Now i see what the fragmentation talk is about, and its total BS.

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 02:54 1

41. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Nice article once again, educates a noob like me. Your the main reason I open up phonearena.com first than any other websites. . .

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