Colin Devroe

Photographer. Podcaster. Blogger. Reverse Engineer.

Prediction, lots of switchers this year. From iOS to Android. From macOS to Windows 10 w/ WSL.

Not because Apple is doing anything bad, necessarily, but because Google and Microsoft (and others) have caught up on hardware/software. Tighter race, w more options than ever.


sumudu says:

@cdevroe how about privacy and security levels on those platforms in comparison to apple ?

cdevroe says:

@sumudu Most privacy issues relate more to the services and permissions we use than the platforms themselves. Apple seemingly cares more, but people can easily set their permissions to make that a nonstarter.

tommy says:

@cdevroe Surely, it’s interesting to watch but I think the notion of a head-to-head in hardware between MS, Google and Apple is a construct of the tech press. They are nowhere close in the demographics that matter.

cdevroe says:

@tommy I am not the tech press. I’m saying they are closer from my own experience purchased with my own money. What demographics matter more than others?

mikehaynes says:

@cdevroe As a side effect of this, I’d love to see more attention to the design of non-Google apps. The most painful part, in my opinion, of switching to Android is having substantially fewer high quality, well-designed apps than iOS.

cdevroe says:

@mikehaynes In the past I had found the same thing. Recently, however, I’d say the vast majority of the apps I use either follow Material Design aesthetics or are great on their own. There are a few apps that aren’t great that I use. But same on iOS.

cdevroe says:

@mikehaynes For instance, there is no Tapbots, Panic, or Icon Factory on Android. That is a pity. But they only represent one or two apps I use daily on mobile. Google, MSFT, Spotify, FB, Slack… all great apps.

tommy says:

@cdevroe Misunderstood your thread as a general prediction, not yourself switching to MS and Google. Sorry!

mikehaynes says:

@cdevroe I’d love well designed, simple RSS app like Reeder or, as you mentioned, a Twitter client like Tweetbot on Android. There just doesn’t seem to be as much of a drive for great design beyond a basic adherance to Material from many apps.

mikehaynes says:

@cdevroe I agree that many of the apps by major companies are just as good or better than on iOS. I think it’s the smaller iOS focused developers that I miss and can’t seem to find an equivalent for on Android.

cdevroe says:

@mikehaynes I can understand that. Ill try to cover this in my post – but i think i was willing to give up those few great apps for the overwhelming control i now have.

I have no idea about the hardware, and I’m not overly qualified to speak on this, but…

A few years ago, when I was still running Windows XP at home, I had a pretty dim view of Microsoft software. But since I’ve come to work for software company that uses Microsoft and I’ve seen what it can do and how it has improved recently, I have much greater respect for it. My feeling is you’re right: Microsoft is back in the game and will really give Apple a run for its money.

I also have an Android phone and really like the OS. It’s getting better and better, and there are some pretty high quality apps around now.

Colin says:

Thanks for taking the time to chime in on this discussion. I don’t think you’re alone. I also think as more people use Google and Microsoft (and Amazon) products on their Apple devices they’ll be lured to at least look at their other products.

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