Google Android Just Crapped All Over iOS

Google Android Just Crapped All Over iOS
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Yesterdays’ announcement of the new Samsung Galaxy Fold might not have been as well executed as a famous Steve Jobs reveal but it was every bit as revolutionary. In the same way the iPhone and iPad completely changed what we expected from mobile devices, the Samsung Fold is poised to change the tech world. But while the hardware looks incredible, it’s the software I want to focus on. In that brief glimpse, we saw how far iOS has fallen behind Android.

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When iOS, or the iPhone OS as it was called back in 2007, was released, it was a revelation. It was the first time someone had designed a real smartphone operating system that wasn’t just a shrunk-down version of a desktop OS. And while iOS has evolved significantly with lots of new features, the initial user experience hasn’t changed a whole lot. Sure, the icons are nicer, because the hardware is now running at a massively higher resolution and pixel density. But the overall UI is still very app-driven

Google Android Just Crapped All Over iOS

Look at the first iPhone and most recent models. The same app-driven, rather than information driven, interface has prevailed. Using iOS, as elegant as it is, feels more like Windows 3.1 Program Manager than a 21st century experience.

Google Android Just Crapped All Over iOS

Multi-tasking on iPads works but limiting it to two apps on a 12.9-inch, high density display on the iPad Pro is like handing someone the keys to a Ferrari but only letting them use half the engine.

In a decade of iOS development, we still can’t do things on an iPad that my PC in the 1990s handled.

But what we’ve seen with Android over the last few years, and in particular yesterday, is how mobile software can deliver a far better experience. The Samsung Galaxy Fold may be a version 1 but its potential is huge.

This isn’t about Apple’s “walled garden” approach per se. It’s possible for Apple to still maintain its highly curated App Store. But it’s about what is increasingly becoming a limited experience.

Watching the Galaxy Fold in action, it’s clear Samsung’s engineers have thought about how people use their mobile devices.

Google Android Just Crapped All Over iOS

While we still don’t have floating windows on the screen, we can see more than two apps at the same time. And Android 9 Pie, and several of its predecessors, have integrated simple functions such as search and live data on the home screen for years.

Instead of siloing our data into apps, Android takes a more functional approach. Coupled with a decent keyboard, the Galaxy Fold could potentially replace three devices with just one for many people. I’m not talking about power users – although during yesterday’s keynote we heard about Adobe’s plans for powerful video editing software – but folks who live and breathe on email, a web browser and everyday productivity apps.

Google Android Just Crapped All Over iOSImage: Samsung

Instead of a phone, laptop and tablet, a single Galaxy Fold could fill their needs – particularly if it plays nicely with an external display.

The magic here isn’t the hardware. I have little doubt that if Apple wanted to make a folding device – which they’re probably already testing in one of their secret development labs – they could do it. But I think it’s iOS that’s holding them back.

Android’s flexibility and Google’s willingness to allow developers to extend the software in ways the Android’s developers can’t imagine has allowed it to not just leap-frog but leave iOS in its dust.

The Galaxy Fold looks like a wonderful piece of hardware. But it would be limited in its usefulness if it was stuck running iOS. Samsung’s new device has highlighted the widening gap between iOS and Android.


  • I do like Android very much and I appreciate the article, however, the headline sort of fizzles out. The is no real mention of why Android crapped on iOS, just “in particular yesterday, is how mobile software can deliver a far better experience.” and duel open apps.

    I was hoping to see how Android had improved even more than they have already 🙂

  • More click bait from the usual suspect.

    Samsung have given no indication their native OS is worth bothering with.
    And an Android user will be lucky to see their OS updated.

        • Exactly. If we assume that a phone has enough processing power to handle the level of computing that you’re trying to do, then the only benefit that a laptop/desktop has over it is screen size and ease of input. Already phones have absorbed dedicated cameras, gps’s and music players for must users. And we’re in the process of them absorbing wallets (and to a lesser extent, keys). It won’t be long before your phone is the only device that you carry around with you, and you’ll just interact with it in different ways in different places.

          • Which is why everyone’s using DeX instead of their pho- oh, wait…

            I get what you’re saying and maybe in the future that’ll be the case, but it simply isn’t true right now – things like DeX and mobile-on-desktop apps are well behind desktop (also read: laptops). They’re still big compromises – and until it becomes identical to using a laptop for most users, it isn’t going to see widespread adoption.

            Not to mention that a laptop is a more practical device compared with having a monitor/KB+M solution set up.

          • I think we’re actually pretty much agreeing with each other, but wording it differently. We’re not there at the moment, but Dex (as an example) is something that’s getting very close to being a “home computer” style setup that uses a phone for processing power.

            And while I do agree with you that the mobile-on-desktop apps are underpowered, I’m thinking that something like Dex would be for casual computer users. And in this case, the mobile-on-desktop version of a web browser, email reader, and picture viewer are probably already plenty powerful. Anyone who wants to use a computer for anything too intensive (eg. media editing, hi-res gaming, etc) will be waiting a while for phone apps/specs to catch up to a level that matches dedicated computers.

  • Despite how well it works with this video, I’m surprised they used the same song that Microsoft used for its well-received Microsoft Studio ad just a couple of years ago.

  • What a clickbait title. Android did not crap on iOS lol. For all of the lack of revolution that iOS has had these past few years, they made up for it by focusing on the quality of the OS and they have much higher quality apps for tablets. Android apps on tablets are mostly phone apps stretched out. And you can find more dedicated tablet apps for the iPad anyways. So more or less, Android and iOS are pretty much equal when weighing the pros and cons.

  • Btw, you can technically use three apps on the iPad. You can use split screen to be using two apps with a lot of screen space. Then when you need to use a third app, you can then use the Slide Over feature. Because it’s face it, you really don’t need to be using three apps at once anyways.

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