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

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.

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
It's very possible, though it's unclear at this point
I'm definitely intrigued by this new approach, but I'm staying with Android for now
Absolutely not. Despite these changes, iOS is still a long way from Android and what I'm looking for



1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

8. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Hilarious comment... NOT. Let us know when iOS gets out of that Alpha stage ok?

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

29. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not 30 or anything over 30. You're welcome to remove that foot out your mouth.

67. darkkjedii

Posts: 31052; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Arte is the most stupid troll I've encountered yet. I wonder how long PA will let him stick around, before they drop the hammer. He brings down the site.

89. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Bs nonesense Don't you never have anything to contribute

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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?

93. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Android doesn't require root to backup ,it does for third party apps. LOL at your iOS " iOS: just one click uninstall " seriously ? Almost forgot ,i can have GS5 rom on nexus 5. Can iphone 4 have features from 5s ?

106. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Xperia phones include a Backup app that saves everything including third party apps data. The backup and restore can be done directly on the phone itself to a microSD or internally, or in the computer using Sony's PC companion software. Updates are not as consistent as on apple but you do get all the features from the update, and even on older firmware, many services like Google are updated through Play Store. I.E. Hangouts keeps updating regularly, unlike iOS having to wait for whole systems updates to update iMessage. And uninstalling is just as easy from the app drawer on android... That was absolutely a dumb point, because uninstalling apps is not a "daily shore" So at least for Sony phones you are mistaken

107. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Systems wide backup and restore Android SDK iOS: No need for a computer and iTunes installed? System updates iOS: Not dependent on Apple to release before can update? iOS can flash custom ROM after Jailbreak? Uninstall Apps Hyped over such revolutionary feature on iOS?

105. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

root access is not needed to make android more functional then why does every single person i know with a samsung root it and puts vanilla android on it huh ?

20. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 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.

27. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 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

30. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Android is a Linux family kernel Apple is not. Unix.

48. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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

33. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

46. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 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.

56. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 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.

65. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

You have no loyalty to any brand but just made a long post defending Apple. Yeah,, ok dude. Bluetooth sharing has been around for years. But not on Apple products. What I'm talking about is sharing data and location with other apps. Apple didn't really have that. Windows Mobile never had a resizable keyboard or a keyboard that learns from you. Stop making things up. You keep making examples of things and features that came before the iPhone. Thanks for doing the work for me. They did. But I don't have to say WhatsApp copied as my comments are directed at Apple. That 1000 years comment was no joke. Show me proof where drop down notifications and menus come from WM start menus. And yeah.. You just proved another point of mine by dropping out of the woodwork and defending an iFan who started this whole thing with his trolling comments.

69. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

wow,keyboard is now invention of android! (not the keyboard app developer) go get some loan,get a bit more education before you post anything here. my aunt is running a kinder garden,i could ask for discount for you if you interested. the leftover u could buy an tesco android tablet

71. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Never said they did. Please show where I said that. Your aunt is running kindergarten? That must be the class you're in then. Judging from your grammar.

74. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

I was actually defending Windows more than anything, I knocked Apple in just about every point. You even said I helped your point so how was I defending Apple? Give up dude. Dude are you f*cking serious. So your telling me the keyboard I used on 3 phones Moto Q, Samsung Omnia, and HTC Touch Pro didn't have resizable keyboards and learned. I could type 1 word and it would finish sentences for me all those phones. How aboht you actually do some research and look at the features that were on Windows Mobile because you must be to young to even remember it. You don't have to say Whats App copied because your a blind hypocritical idoit that should put his foot in his mouth because you are filling the internet with ignorance. Like I said google Windows Mobile and look at everthing it did. I don't need to show you anything. I dropped out the woodwork because I like to respond to the dumbest of the dumb comments and congrats you won. Matter of a fact here is me doing your work your welcome http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Mobile

75. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

I typed that to fast. My Moto Q shouldn't be on that list it had a physical keyboard, however it still had the same features as the other 2 I mentioned.

76. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

I know Windows Mobile very well. As I've stated numerous times I was directing my comments towards Apple. You're the dumb@ss who decided to jump in and defend his girlfriend. Not me. How does me not mentioning WhatsApp copied make me a hypocrite? I Must have touched a nerve dude because you're getting all upset like a two year old who hasn't had his nap time. Do me a favor and f@ck off now and go drink your mother's milk. You defended Apple just as much as you knocked it. Now jump off the s*** dude. Oh and thanks again for doing the work for me. It's idiots like you that will always work for someone else. Care to paint my house and clean out my attic while you're at it?

80. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Your a hypocrite because you don't care Whats App copied but care Apple copied. Again I didn't do your work for you because the whole time I was arguing that everyone copies while you argued only Apple. So I showed you. You touched a nerve because your stupidty actually offends me. And knocking Apple and supporting Apple means what exactly Im confused on that point and why I need to jump off. If I show both sides it means I can make a rational decision and am not a raving fanboy as you have proven you are. And I hope your attic burns while your in it, theres my "two year old" comment for the day again your welcome.

83. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Still stalking me huh?? Is it my charming smile that's attracting you? Not mentioning WhatsApp in a conversation pertaining to Apple is being a hypocrite how? I must have really touched a nerve now! Unrequited love hurts so much huh?? As you can see I'm not taking you serious in any type of way because you are what is known as a non factor. You don't factor into anything I do or say here or anywhere. But it's good to know I can get under your skin as only dimwitted dolts. Allow that to happen. NNow please take your amoeba sized brain and quick Googling hands which I can only assume are used for other sundry and disgusting things and go away. I won't be responding anymore. Wouldn't want my wife to think I'm falling for your advances and flirting.

88. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Apple don't need all these features Apple believes in giving less andtaking more milk out But you ifans say you dint need all these features like ninetysix says: go play with your widget. Lmfao know you need all these . Apple had to provide these features orelse ifans will be leaving ios for Android

57. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

u sound eaten some jeez today,you breath smelll aweful, and pretty uneducated it seems,do u know thousands of year is just a metaphor there. 1. widget?they are on PC and MAC way before android exist,porting it from pc to smart device platform make them new? 2. bluetooth sharing (u refer as air drop there) was in feature phone,window mobile, symbian and PC platform long before android 3.app sharing? do u know download.com does exactly the samething more than 10 years ago in PC? 4.keyboard swap? window mobile 6.5 cracked that long ago u also disregard the point i made and immediately steer to something else when u realize u had it wrong. you say ifan jump to defend, look at how u jump to defend you jokedroid when somebody made a negative comment, jeezy hypocrite if u have eaten too much jeez and can't think outside of your droid religion, take a nap in your toilet,cool it down

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