It is already a patent fact that the “iPhone effect” is happening. Since the launch of the first model, the competition has released phones that do nothing more than resemble the iPhone in shape, both physically and in software. samsung, htcLG, Google with their Android… everyone has followed in the wake of the Apple phone when making a mobile with a large touch screen.
However, this phenomenon can be a double-edged sword. Google’s move to launch Android may, in the future, be detrimental for the iPhone operating system. The reasons can be several, as an argument in the extended input.
It must be taken into account that Google, when it launches its services, don’t do it blindly. Failures such as those that Microsoft has had with SoapBox among many others, are not the custom of the web search engine company par excellence. So Android is a strong bet for a mobile operating system.
Android is also from free code, which gives it many features that iPhone OS 3.0, being a closed system, cannot have (or that Apple simply does not want it to have). Android can be present in all the mobiles you want, with a simple agreement between companies. Thus, various Android phones can form an “alliance” against the iPhone, which could affect sales. And this alliance has more and more models and more manufacturers.
Not to mention the price and contracts required to get an iPhone, which to many people they seem completely excessive; while in the case of Android phones they are more flexible, offering cheaper rates and being able to get an unlocked mobile phone more easily.
To show how Android works, our SamaGame colleagues have carried out some video analysis of the behavior of that system on phones htc hero and htc Magic, which you can see under these lines:
Of course, Apple has its weapons to defend itself. The first and most forceful is the App Store, the business that has gone from being a proposal to developers to offering more than 50,000 applications and 1,500 million downloads. Despite being a closed store, it has achieved incredible numbers in its short life. Other app stores that try to imitate the App Store, such as Android, not even close to the enormous activity of the Apple app store.
The second, technology. To this day, personally I have not tested a multitouch screen with as much sensitivity and smoothness as the iPhoneSo starting to use another multitouch phone after you’ve used an iPhone feels like you’re using a rough, hard screen. Not to mention, of course, the excellent design of the phone.
So, we have a war between two sides: On my right, an open operating system that can gain many users in a short time due to its great adaptability. On my left: A visually appealing operating system, very intuitive and with the great business of the App Store. The future will tell us what happens to each side.