So I finished watching NBA on my PC to find a good Extended Weekend Topic: WP7 vs Android vs iOS. What’s so ironic about this is that two of the writers are former Microsoft employees. This puzzles me because some of the argument is that Android compromises due to the extra bloatware the carriers put on android smartphones and the restraints some carriers add/subtract from them.
It’s a little confusing to me because since Windows 98 most consumers EXPECT to get free “trial” software that is pre-installed on various Windows Machines. Be it Dell, HP , Gateway, Acer or Asus, bloatware is expected when it comes to buying the most popular Operating system on the earth. To be honest, I don’t even get mad when I used to download iTunes and accidentally forget to uncheck the safari download. Carriers and Manufacturers pay their bills adding extra software that waters down the original device’s full experience.
The other half of the argument is that apps rule what choice of smartphone we buy. The customer service saying goes ”He who has the gold makes the rules”. So who is making the rules? The mainstream because they want apps? Then the answer is very simple, create an environment for developers that will foster app growth. I agree, if I heavily use Path for example, I probably won’t buy a blackberry because there is no native app for it on RIM yet.
Really its kinda scary because right before Nokia chopped off its Symbian arm they laughed at Android and it’s popularity. Now a former microsoftie laughs at Android’s flexibility that they learned from …Microsoft. Am I dreaming or did WP7 save its own life jumping on Nokia’s boat? How can they boast or complain about anything? The Nokia boat is only a quarter tank full so their ride won’t last long imo.
Are we saying that WP7 won’t be popular because AT&T can’t add annoying software to it? Are we saying iPhones are the best because they have the purest, un-defiled user experience? Are we saying that Android is the new Windows because they are giving out OS licenses like candy and the Manufacturers/Carriers are piling on the unneeded glitz? Yes we are, welcome to almost 2012.