Android: State of the Platform

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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43 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Michael! Your articles are so quality stuff!

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Android is one of the powerful mobile OS around the world.

33. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 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!

35. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

follow him on Google+

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Well written and unbiased article! Waiting for State of Platform: iOS.

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

That will be a good thing for you since your phone won't lag while you read it.

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Yeah, with Android you can read numerous pages of articles without lag. Sorry that your phone can't...

7. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Fanboy alert!

18. papss unregistered

Again with directing the wrong person. You truly are thick minded

28. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I'm not sure if 10 pages is enough... ;)

24. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

It's actually too little for the "fault" of Android.

9. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 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: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 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: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Of course, coz rectangle was invented by MS and is a patent of WP..

26. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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...

10. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Lol dude. U r funny.

14. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 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: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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!

25. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You love WP...

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 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: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 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: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 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: 1163; Member since: Feb 25, 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.
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