Before I begin, I should let you all know i’m an Androidest amongst a circle of family and friends with predominantly Apple tendencies. So I may be a little bit bias here.
Humans and devices alike, have a tendency to divide and segregate two battling sides. One’s against Zero’s, Edward diehards against Jacob diehards, and Androider’s against the
Fruit Loops Apple’s. Present any two opposing forces, and they will collide in a Hunger Game-esque fashion until one is the victor, or a new player is introduced.
In the Game of Mobile Thrones, House Apple and House Android are competing for the throne in the global mobile market. But the head that wears the crown of reigning OS is heavy, and easily toppled. One day, Apple will reign supreme, the next Android will rear it’s fierce domination, the next Apple introduces an iPencil.
Roth detailed, Android’s solution to the emerging War of the Phones, was for the entirely free, open source mobile platform that anyone and everyone can become an operator- not just a user (Roth, 2008). Zittrain, on the other hand, reminded us that Apple is, and always will be locked away from its users, and they will ‘define everything that is on the phone’ (Zittrain, 2010).
Apple offers comfort and security above all else. Everything inside is shiny and pretty, all uniform and equal. Android offers us freedom and and generative control above all, open to all and impervious to uniformity. Apple is the pearl locked inside the oyster shell, and Android the ambiguous seed you are given to grow whatever tree you want, or leave it as a little sapling of their design. (Roth, 2008). Android has a hand in 85% of the mobile cookie jar, that united an empire but divided its ranks.
More than pitting two philosophies together, and greater than our love to choose our own destinies, we always return to comfort. A house divided against itself cannot stand, or keep its users 100% united and up to date . IOS version 9 took only 3 days to reach 1/5 users, Android Lollipop took 311 days because if its fragmentation (Spence 2015).
So yes, my fav is problematic, and living in a walled garden is a pretty peaceful and mindless life, but Android will still own my mobile-heart. Even though I am a sapling, and have barely scratched the surface of what Android and the Open Handset Alliance can offer, freedom to customise and create runs paramount to a one-way street of creation.