MacBreak Weekly 340: Android Curious

Leo Laporte, Andy Ihnatko, and I talk to Joe Kissell about passwords and protecting yourself, what happened with Evernote, an Apple adaptor, and more. (Including Andy's much talked-about switch to Android.)

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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MacBreak Weekly 340: Android Curious


Rene made the interesting comment that "people go to the platform that annoys them less." For Rene, the scrolling on Android is deal-breaking annoying. For Andy, the lack of some abilities (mainly intents) on iOS is annoying, but he stayed with the iPhone because of other Android issues. As Android has progressed over the last 18 months, its annoyances lessened to the point for him where the balance tipped in favor of Android.

Since you and Leo both pointed out some of the things that annoy Andy are the result of fundamental choices that Apple has made, it seems unlikely that those will be addressed anytime soon. Since Android does not appear to be slowing, should Apple be worried this balance is going to shift for more people, or in your opinion are the things that annoy Andy Inkhato too narrow to cause a blip in market features?

(Incidentally, if the-lesser-of-two-annoyances is a sales driver, that would be a good topic for a future article or segment on a podcast -- not what features a platform should be adding, but what annoyances a platform has to address.)

I think yes, absolutely. You need some time with a platform to find and evaluate the level of annoyances, so it's probably more of a switcher-driver than initial new-user driver, but as things mature, the former probably starts to pass the latter.

I'll be curious to see what IO and WWDC show in terms of direction.