Steve Jobs seems to be too jittery of Android’s fast paced growth – In 2 years since its launch, Android has already surpassed iOS and now set to become the Number one Mobile and Tablet OS in the world. Infact, according to latest news, Android Revenue has Exceeded iPhone Ad Sales as well.
However, the man behind Apple seems to be on bashing spree. During this quarter’s earning call, He said that the Google Android platform was “fragmented”, and not as open as some people made out, while also saying that iPad-style tablet computers with smaller 7in screens would be “dead on arrival”.
Now, I have been using Android for nearly a year and I can safely say that Android is as open as it gets – It infact is a revolution of sorts, which allows developers to access literally every part of its Mobile Operating System. I am not sure any other mainstream mobile OSes can offer that kind of root privileges, even if they are are hacked to the core.
I do not deny the fact that Android is fragmented, but there is a reason – Literally every Mobile hardware manufacturer is clamouring to get Android on their handsets and why not – They are selling like hot cakes! Just to give you an idea about number of handsets and flavours that Android O.S comes in, take a look at this Tweetdeck beta test results.
Android Fragmentation based on Phones
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Even with such kind of fragmentation, Android has matured faster than one could imagine. Let me give you an example – I have Samsung Spica which came with Android 1.6, I upgraded my Android version to 2.1 before it was officially available, through internet forums. I had expected quite a lot of issues with apps being not compatible and all that – But not once have I faced any issues with any of apps except for a rare “force close”!
Now, coming back to 2nd point that Steve Jobs made – 7” inch tablets are useless..
Here is what he said
One naturally thinks that a 7in screen would offer 70 per cent of the benefits of a 10in screen. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. The screen measurements are diagonal, so that a 7in screen is only 45 per cent as large as the iPad’s screen.
“This size isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps, in our opinion.”
He said that smaller tablets should come with sandpaper,
“so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one-quarter their present size” in order to make the device usable.
“The 7in tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone, and too small to compete with an iPad,”
I have handled iPad only for 15 – 20 minutes and trust me, it is one heavy gadget to lug around. Even after 15 mins of use, I started noticing slight strain in my hand. There is no doubt that iPad is a great tablet, but it is not as portable as one might think.
Preferred Tablet Screen Size
Infact, I think 7” tablets are a perfect fit – Again, this is my personal opinion. The typing is easy and apps look great on the screen and the most important aspect is that you can literally hold a 7” tablet in one hand and not feel any strain at all while carrying out your tasks on the tablet. I am not alone in thinking this..close to 50% people feel the same way!
So, what your opinion? Is Steve Jobs getting too jittery with Android Success ?