State of the Platform: Android, January 2014
0. phoneArena 31 Jan 2014, 10:56 posted on
Every once in a while, it's worth it to take a moment to reflect and look forward; and, with that in mind, this is the first of a four-parter that will look at the changes that have happened on each of the three major mobile platforms over the past year, where those platforms are headed in the coming year, and the last part will take a look at the new challengers on the way. Starting things off is the current market leader: Android...
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1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 832; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Michael! Your articles are so quality stuff!
11. akki20892 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Android is one of the powerful mobile OS around the world.
33. jael206 (Posts: 100; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
Is there an option to "follow" authors here in PA? Coz I will really be one of the first subscribers for Michael H.. All his articles are interesting reads. I wonder why he still hasn't shown himself in front of the camera though.. C'mon man, do a video of your enlightening articles!
2. ihavenoname (Posts: 846; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Well written and unbiased article! Waiting for State of Platform: iOS.
3. alterecho (Posts: 744; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
I'm waiting for WP. It will be a one line article (unless its a list of faults, in which case, it will be a 10 page article).
4. NokiaFTW (Posts: 492; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
That will be a good thing for you since your phone won't lag while you read it.
6. ihavenoname (Posts: 846; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Yeah, with Android you can read numerous pages of articles without lag. Sorry that your phone can't...
18. papss (Posts: 2879; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
Again with directing the wrong person. You truly are thick minded
28. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2629; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
The WP address should be interesting, especially with Nokia being involved the past few years... There's definitely been much more good than bad, and more progress than digress...
Nevertheless, they are all fun to read!!!
5. ihavenoname (Posts: 846; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
I'm not sure if 10 pages is enough... ;)
24. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 729; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
It's actually too little for the "fault" of Android.
9. Liveitup (Posts: 228; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
It seems a lot of people have a lot to say about nothing except for hating sake.
I do hope when it comes to Windows Phone platform that Phonearena has the decency and fairness to talk about how Microsoft Windows Phones changed UI design language from Skeuomorphism to Flat design language which both iOS and Android has since adopted.
Also how Windows Phone first introduced deep OS level integration within smartphoneswhen the competition was basically app centric.
Far as I can see all OS lacks something that the other has, I can list features that both iOS and Android basically copied from WP.
Far as im concerned WP redefined the modern smartphone in many ways, hope Phonearena will be like (60 minutes) TV show and be neutral when writing about my platform of choice.
12. NokiaFTW (Posts: 492; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Completely agree with you. These Android and iOS fanboys keep forgetting how they're OSes are copying the flat and tile bases UI of Windows Phone. +1
36. networkdood (Posts: 5248; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
wow, let me guess - you used to have an IlovemyIphone user name, right? Android's UI was out before Windows, sooooo.....once windows improves more, I will definitely consider buying a phone from Nokia.
39. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 519; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Of course, coz rectangle was invented by MS and is a patent of WP..
26. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2629; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Very good.. I agree with a lot you said.. Giving credit where credit is due.. Good job.. It seems that we have some sensible, and mature people here on PA... Some...
14. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 729; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Actually, Android has much more "faults" than ios and WP have. And this is a great article. Hope the same for the other two platforms.
42. livyatan (Posts: 499; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
Actually you have no idea what you are talking about.
And why don't you change your name to LumiaFanZone or IphoneFanZone?
I have a newsflash for you - Xperia means Sony with Android!
8. Finalflash (Posts: 883; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Don't have to wait for an iOS one, I think they wrote one in 2010 that is still relevant. Unless you want to read about the new lipstick they put on their pig...and then called it a new pig...that's always an interesting story.
13. ihavenoname (Posts: 846; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
That's your opinion. I (and propably many others) would love to see iOS one. After all it's second most popular mobile OS.
23. androiphone20 (Posts: 944; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
You're right, I think they should skip iOS and move on to WP. iOS has nothing to offer at this point I think I just threw my iphone out of the window, oops
27. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2629; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
All three are interesting to read.. It's technology history as far as I'm concerned, and it shouldn't have anything to do with what platform you do, or don't, like.. It's all cool to read about...
15. PBXtech (Posts: 467; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
With Google and Samsung just signing a big agreement, I'd love to see a split screen option that's common on Samsung's newer phones to become part of the stock Android coding.
17. rihel_95 (Posts: 156; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
That Google and Samsung deal might be about multi window in Google experience Android (stock), not only to debloat samsung if we are lucky.
22. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 163; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
I've wanted it for a while now as well, it just makes so much sense, the only reason that it hasn't been on stock Android is probably because Samsung has a patent for it.
16. twens (Posts: 418; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
Hmmm, funny how features of touch wiz that people refer to as gimmick is so much desired to be implemented as a stock feature in Android. Touchwiz may stutter once in a while but it's time people just give Sammy some credit. It has the most features of any skin one can find on Android.
Samsung phones feel like w8 on a mobile device simple because there is nothing a Samsung phone can not do.
19. papss (Posts: 2879; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
I agree.. Especially what the note 3 can do. Bloated or not its more feature rich than stock.
41. livyatan (Posts: 499; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
The kitkat release doesn't have ART and screen recording.
I take that as serious disappointment
20. domfonusr (Posts: 225; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
I've gotten the feeling that Android is moving away from the claimed "open-source" model, and that the treatment of non-Google Android devices is evidence of that. Not that they have completely lost the "open-source" mantra, but they are minimizing it over time. The seed of the death of open-source is inherent in Android - the Apache license, in particular. I worry that the time will come when an Android outside of Google's control will be impossible, beyond the existing forks. I worry that what is now Google's Android will eventually get walled off, and not necessarily by Google's own doing. I also have issues with the size of the Android kernel, and how its design affects smooth operation for handsets that are underpowered in terms of specs. I always liked the nanokernel design of Symbian, but Android is a hybrid kernel, and therefore a lot more unwieldy.
That said, I still like some things about Android. I like having the option to tweak things, and the option to code my own programs. I also like the variety inherent in the Android ecosystem. I hope that these options, and variety, never go away.
29. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2629; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
That's about right... Android won't "belong" to Google if they don't lock down some of their core Android services,, which they have already started to.. There's a good article, that touches, on this about Android over on Windows Phone Central.. I'll see if I can find it...
30. domfonusr (Posts: 225; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
It does make a lot of sense. I try not to get into too much conspiracy talk, but there have been a couple recently that just begged to be pegged... like the Sony in with Rockstar against Android on one front, and cooperating with SCO against all of Linux on the other. This whole Samsung-Google dynamic smacks of the same, as well, except that it is aimed the other way. Almost no one is blameless anymore.
31. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2629; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
You know.. I remember when I was a kid there was none of this online rumors, instant online insider tips, instant news of the behind the scenes action between companies.. No internet period,, and I didn't care about all that.. I was huge Sony fan, a fan of everything Sony made.. I used to be so excited when that new Crutchfield catalog came in the mail, and I combed it for anything new that Sony made.. I dashes, speakers, cameras, TV's, anything.. That was my passion... We just sat back and waited months with no clue about what the next receiver was going to look like, and how may RMS per channel it had.. Not to mention that I did this with all of my favorite products... Cars, bikes, clothes!!... Life was so much simpler when it was about focusing on what was available to buy, and being totally oblivious to the politics that brought the products to us... Life was so much simpler back in the 1990's.... Lol!!
32. domfonusr (Posts: 225; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
90's... hah, what about the 80's. That was my decade, though I sometimes cringe at the thought! LOL
37. networkdood (Posts: 5248; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Lots of ROMs available for Android phones, and many of them come with the Google bloatware, as some call it - CM creates some great stuff and gapps is optional, too.
21. GeekMovement (Posts: 1494; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Wow interesting interesting! This article makes me even more excited to see what is in store this year. Looking forward to your iOS and WP articles!
34. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 453; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
I miss the Nokia HumanForm concept. Too bad they are not working on it anymore
38. platformwars (Posts: 52; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
I have just read the first page of the article.. its a long article.. but very informative.. i wish you had included a video or audio so that we could just play and sit back... i normally tend to pay more attention to listening than reading.
43. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
A buddy of mine uses this service:http://soundgecko.com
40. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
While Android OEMs try to make higher and higher spec devices, Google tries to make Android more light.