A brighter future sends me back to Android following eight months with iOS
posted by Alan F. / Dec 05, 2016, 1:58 AM
This article may contain personal views and opinion from the author.
You might remember that just before April, my trusty Motorola DROID Turbo took a dive into a toilet which was too much for the P2i nano-coating. I decided to accept my daughter's offer to user her Apple iPhone 5, and from the end of March through now, I was using iOS for the first time since I owned the original Apple iPhone in 2007.
Right off the bat, I was impressed with how quickly video would load on the iPhone 5. Software updates were a breeze and iOS 10 worked smoothly. Not bad for an old timer. The 8MP rear camera even produced better than average pictures and video. While I was generally happy using the phone, and considered buying the Apple iPhone SE, I was extremely disappointed in Siri. I found that Google Now was far superior as Apple's voice activated personal assistant sent me to a web site for my answer far too many times than Google Now did. I found myself using the Google iOS app far more often than using Siri.
Over the last few weeks, I suddenly realized that Google might have a clearer idea of what the future will look like thanks to Google Assistant. The latter uses AI to become more like a person than Siri or Cortana. Sure, both of those assistants tell a mean joke. But Google Assistant is conversational, and in the future it will use AI to really know you. The possibilities are endless.
Moto Z Force DROID. If there ever was a signal, this was it! After all, in the past I have owned the Motorola DROID, Motorola DROID 3, Motorola DROID 4, HTC DROID DNA, the Motorola DROID Turbo and now the Moto Z Force DROID.
Going from a 4-inch screen to a 5.5-inch glass is surreal. And the Android 7.0 update was ready to be downloaded immediately. While I was away from Android for only eight months, I really sensed something different about the OS with the new build. It is this feeling that Google really has a plan for the future, powered by Google Assistant, that makes me excited to be returning to the platform.
Let me add that there is nothing wrong with iOS at all. I did enjoy my time using it and once again it lived up to the old cliche that "it just works." But there is something exciting about Google's plans for AI that has drawn me to the Android platform. Google seems to be on the right track.
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Yeah I agree. I reckon I'll switch to oneplus, Apple just isn't exciting anymore
posted on Dec 05, 2016, 2:13 AM 6
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Android is evolving every day.
posted on Dec 05, 2016, 2:19 AM 6
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They've come a very long way. Android used to be a bit of a mess but over the past 6 years it became the powerhouse OS while still maintaining an easy UI. I actually prefer Samsung's approach to the Android UI vs Moto, LG, and HTC. Still have my Note 4 and currently own an S7 Edge. I also use an iPhone 6S Plus, and find myself enjoying it but I'd enjoy it more if I didn't have to jailbreak it to get the functions and settings I'm used to with Samsung. I wish the iPhone had a native setting to disable transition animations, because they're stupid slow compared to Android. "Reduce Motion" has the same transition delay but it's a fade-out instead of zoom out animation. I always jailbreak my iPhone for the primary purpose of safely disabling transition animations (as well as changing the home button action to launch the camera with a double-click, even while the screen is off and phone locked with fingerprint, same as how Samsung does it). With the animations disabled completely, iOS is lightning fast with how it launches apps and switches between them. No idea why Apple thinks it's necessary to not have a setting to shut that transition crap off. If it weren't for jailbreak tweaks, I wouldn't bother with iPhone.
posted on Dec 05, 2016, 3:07 AM 3
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you switched to android only coz of siri, I m sure that most people don't use siri neither google now, I m sure that's not the valid reason and keep writing fake article, only siri made you switched to google now, haha, it could have been low storage or non customization, rather your experience was odd
posted on Dec 05, 2016, 2:43 AM 2
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Most people don't use Siri or Google? I doubt that. Without touching the phone, I can text, respond to text, email, check the weather and traffic, get directions, queue up my playlist, etc. Google can also do these things. With how easy it is for Google and Siri to perform common functions with voice commands, what lead you believe that nobody uses them? You might not use them, but that doesn't mean the world subscribes to your ideas.
posted on Dec 05, 2016, 3:20 AM 5
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You were blind and lost. Now you are blessed with the gracious light of Android. May you never lose the right path.
posted on Dec 05, 2016, 2:54 AM 5
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wait until iPhone8, and he'll write another article about jumping to iOS again... /s
posted on Dec 05, 2016, 3:37 AM 2
Dude, what can I say - this article is so...sliced and diced:) The ONLY reason you moved from an iPhone 5 to a "5.5" inch display and Handroid is because you're poor. But yeah, so brighter future with the plagiarist Giggle, mhmm:) Cute.
posted on Dec 05, 2016, 3:11 AM 0
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Both iOS and Android are best mobile operating systems. Both of them have pros and cons. But, don’t forget: Android operating system smartphones are made by so maaaaaaany manufacturers, iOS operating system smartphones are made by only Apple. It means, Apple knows what smartphones should have. Apple’s iPhones are the king of smartphone world, like Nokia’s feature phones were the king of mobile world in the past. Am I right?
posted on Dec 05, 2016, 3:48 AM 0
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"A brighter future for google" and you know this by? Btw, what does the google assistant AI have to do with any of this? Its not like you can asses it through the Moto Z force in the first place. Meanwhile, imo, the Moto Z is the best android phone of 2016 outright. The most innovative, gets googles updates first, near stock android, crazy always on display/notifications, no duplicate apps, fm radio, hands down best customization
posted on Dec 05, 2016, 4:12 AM 0
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One article about moving to iOS and everybody is mad, and now one the other way around and nobody complains.
posted on Dec 05, 2016, 4:43 AM 0
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A better article than the one from last week where it "took a lot of courage" from the writer to switch to iOS, because "it just works". Still as tech experts I would expect you to switch OS'es like you change socks, easy and frecuently... I suppose. You need a section like "personal blog" where you can share your personal thoughs on personal matters. This would have been an editorial would it have focused on Google Assistant and your expectations about it, its advantages, risks, instead of just being the reason for you to switch to android.
posted on Dec 05, 2016, 1:15 PM 0
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