Why does Android have so many users?
Everyone keeps talking about this thing called, "Android", but, what's so notable about it?
I don't get the whole Android vs. iPhone beef. In my mind, there was never any reason for me to say anything about it... I mean...
Am I missing something here?
- 06-17-2012, 07:53 AM #2
I won't even attempt to answer this question in detail because it is a waste of time, in my opinion, but I will state this fact; whenever there is a choice, whether in regard to electronics or anything else, some people will always prefer one over the other. Why? Because they can. ; If you're a dad, happy Father's Day to you.
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- 06-17-2012, 01:49 PM #5iPhone Newbie
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I just left iPhone for Samsung note which is android. I had it for two days then went back to the iPhone. I just have so many apps already for the iPhone that I can't change away. I suppose that makes me a fanboy
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- 06-17-2012, 08:39 PM #10iMore Guru
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I left the iPhone for an Android because of the customization possibilities. I've made this statement before, and i stand behind it... For what you pay, there is NO reason why you should have to jailbreak, or root your phone, to get it to look or work like you want it to.Give yourself, to the Dark Side!
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- 06-18-2012, 12:24 AM #14
I guess Apple has basically been sitting around for so long thinking, this is the best phone. All the while ignoring Android while it racks up all the new features and more and more users.
Then all of a sudden Android has this huge Empire and Apple is like, "Uh-oh."
Now they look like this:
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- 07-12-2012, 09:46 PM #18iMore Intermediate
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Despite being "open source", companies are locking the bootloaders and discouraging the ROMs. Major Android OS updates occur more than once a year to boost sales of their phones (new OS, new hardware) while leaving current users in the dust to deal with outdated OS versions. And the fanboys lap this up and don't even see this as a problem. The just chant the mantra, "Go root and download the ROM of your choice". Which is no different than Apple and jailbreaking. And Google plays favorites with their Nexus lineup. Not open source to me. There is nothing different between the way Apple and Google run their mobile divisions. It's all about market share and money. Nothing comes off sounding more idiotic than some Android fanboy spouting off about "open source". I don't believe them one bit. Now if an Android fanboy says that their OS is better than iOS- I can accept and fully respect that opinion.
I'm really leaning toward the galaxy S3 now. Great phone.
- 07-17-2012, 03:12 AM #19iPhone Beginner
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- 08-15-2012, 05:28 AM #20iMore Intermediate
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It is a pretty strong case how this openness is actually benefiting its consumers though, there are no limitations to what people can do with the devices and it leads to a very healthy ecosystem that, if enforced with some policing, can be exactly what people would gravitate towards.
There is more control with Apple's approach though and some people like that. But there are people who prefer the contrary, and I chalk that down to being a different personality niche.
- 08-15-2012, 10:30 AM #21iMore Intermediate
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You can't just list one reason to their success, there are many!
1) Android is licensed out (was open source until 2.3) and is easier for manufactures to just make a device and install software already available instead of developing their own.
2) Carriers like Android devices because they have control over it, unlike iOS devices. Carriers get Android devices for cheap and sell them on contract, locking people in and giving them a bigger cut of profits and less cost compared to iOS devices.
3) Many, many manufactures want to make phones that can sell cheap, entry level android devices, and they do. I can go to some websites right now, purchase a cellphone running android 4.3 for as low as 80 bucks. It might not have the best specs but there are some pretty decent phones out there and you won't have to pay $600+ for them.
- 08-15-2012, 11:13 AM #22iPhone Pro
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Android has a lot of phones out there. And because hey all give you a different flavor, collectively they appeal to a larger audience. Generally, they have all of the features that an iPhone has and maybe more, they have just about the same apps, and they are on every carrier at very competitive prices. And a lot of people are entrenched in the google ecosystem which makes it a logical choice to go there.
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- 08-16-2012, 06:09 AM #23iMore Intermediate
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Android is an open source mobile OS and allows any mobile company to use it over their mobile devices so people are having a number of smart phone models to choose from. Android platform provides many flexible features that are absent in iOS. And the major reason, that i thinks, is that android smart phone devices(unlocked) are much cheaper than iPhone devices.I am Daniel Jones, working in an iPhone Application Development Company as iPhone Apps Developer. I enjoy exploring apps on iOS, blackberry, android and other mobile platforms.
- 08-20-2012, 10:24 AM #24iPhone Nanite
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The easy answer for this is options. With android you have way more options from different devices, price range and customization. I'm not against Apple and I'm not an Android fanboy but i don't see how people can stay with Apple unless they are still locked into a contract or have invested too much in apps to switch. I'm a BB user and am stuck in contract until July/13. If BB10 doesn't get app support I'll likely be using Android myself this time next year or possibly WP8(since there will be choices). People don't just want last years model to choose from. Maybe they don't want the bigger screen(that's what a tablet is for) or maybe they want a keyboard. i don't care who is number 1 as long as I have a device that works fro me. We aren't just clones so we need options. Imagine if all you could get is a prius with 3 different sized gas tanks,(not knocking the prius, its just an example) only comes in one shape and has radio stations pre set for you. Wouldn't that suck? I'm hoping Apple gets off the high horse and maybe starts offering some choices. They make great products so it would be nice to see.
This is just an opinion. It's not worth getting mad over.
- 09-19-2012, 12:31 AM #25iPhone Nanite
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There shouldn't be any comparison between Android Phone & iPhone. Android OS is a freeware where iPhone OS is paid and developed by Apple (One of the leading phone company). So, obviously price matters here.
Not only price, but security in Android is also better. So, most of the phone company making android phone popular due compete to one of the biggest company. Free apps & customized apps also make android popular.