Today I’m going to share my opinions about the relationship between Google and Android compared with Apple and iOS. For this post I’ll be putting aside all the technical and stylistic differences of these two platforms. Besides a few specific features Android and Apple are pretty much on par with each other, feature-wise. Yes, they’re two different types of platforms, but generally they’re very alike and aim to do the same job: provide users with a great smartphone OS. There’s no real way Google and Apple can be best of friends when they’ve got products so similar.
Competitors are never going to get on; that’s just life. But this is good for us, the consumers – with these two companies fighting by bringing out better products to stay in the fight for market share, we’re going to be in for new treats time and time again.
I think all markets need great competitors, meaning at least two companies who have the resources to better their products in ways we can’t imagine, companies that force their competitors to innovate again and again with new and amazing improvements and features.
'Android vs iOS' arguments are useless bashing. (Image credit: aoisora9x on deviantART)
In the smart phone market we’re extremely lucky: we’ve got two of the biggest and most innovative companies duelling it out. Both Google and Apple have more money and resources than many individual countries! The products they build should be amazing, amazing enough to not require courtroom battles as a business tactic. Yes, all big companies are going to need to defend themselves in the courts at times, but the way it’s playing out at the moment seems like utter chaos.
I’m far from being a patent expert, and I’ve no keen interest in following any sort of patent news no matter the company, but I do think patents were brought in to protect and encourage creative ideas. I know this is a bit vague, but I don’t feel Apple’s lawsuits help to do that.
Competitors do copy each other, by taking good ideas and seeing how they can make them better. If this weren’t the case, we would all still be carrying ENIACs in our pockets instead of Androids or iPhones. Instead of fighting Android through the courts, Apple should be fighting it with features.
Yes, I’m a fan of Android – but that doesn’t mean I’m a hater of iOS. Lately, though, I’ve liked what Apple is doing less and less; a few months ago, I would have argued that they weren’t crossing the line. With the latest court cases, however, I think its outright disgusting that phones are being banned from countries over such minute detailed patents because. I really hope we see some significant change soon, so the fight with features can be kicked up a few notches. That’s a fight I eagerly await.