Freedom vs. Security: How Android And Apple Really Sell Us
- September 12, 2013
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Uncategorized
I’ve had the luxury of using both Android and Apple devices. My experiences with both changed my perspective on the smartphone market. There are some misconceptions when it comes to Apples latest reveal. Though Apple traditionally doesn’t make dramatic changes to their phones, they still play a significant role in the advancement of the smartphone market.
People seldom realize the benefits of competition. When Apple initially released the iPhone, they were the only players in the Market. At this time, Android was merely a conception. This raised problems for consumers, there was only one option. When Android finally hit, it was still far behind the Apple product line – but it’s open platform offered everything many frustrated Apple users wanted. Freedom.
For years, Mac and PC battled over open platform versus closed platform. Why? It really comes down to this. When a platform is closed, it is more secure and stable. Security and stability come from control. Control limits flexibility. When Apple closes it’s iOS software framework to developers, they are limiting developer potential. This limitation causes slower software growth and development in the market.
From a hardware standpoint, Apple retains exclusive development rights for their OS. This is one of the most severe detriments to their development cycle. When 3rd party developers are given free reign to compete with one another, developmental progress increases significantly. HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Google and many others are constantly competing for the top Android phone in the market. This forces Android hardware developers to be more creative with their development. The results are obvious. Android offers a much more significant line of products compared to Apple. But this is a double-edged sword.
When there are hundreds of phones in the market, making Apps efficient and secure becomes problematic. Developers for Android are forced to develop across multiple revisions of the Android platform as well as multiple screen sizes, layouts and possible UIs. This increases time, cost and often leaves legacy hardware behind – forcing the market to constantly upgrade hardware to get the most out of their devices. With a closed platform, Apple developers only need to develop for a handful of phones, allowing more time for security, stability and efficiency improvements.
But App security, stability and efficiency aren’t for everyone. After all, we like our technology to be personal. This is where Android really shines. Android offers us complete control over our smartphone destinies. The software and hardware offers limitless possibilities of creativity and development. The Android OS is more open and flexible for application control. Android offers freedom.
And this is what it comes down too. Freedom versus Security. Both Android and Apple appeal to different personality types. Both markets will always have a place for different people and their differing stages of life. There are times in our lives when we need security. Other times we may need freedom. No matter our current situation, it’s good to know the two biggest players are competing for our interest.