Other things Google could tie to my Google+ profile without asking and display to every Android user I call:
- the three most popular things I searched for this week
- my home address, which I never added to my Google+ profile. How do they work such magic?!
- the likely reason why I un-Circled that double-crossing asshat Karen, based on an algorithmic analysis of hers and my recent behavior
- no I don’t want American-Brazilian fusion for dinner tonight
- a clip of my most recent total fail in [the current popular game], which I didn’t even know was being recorded. Sweet!
- the top three medical conditions I am probably suffering right now, based on analysis of my (anonymous, of course) search history and that nervous joke I cracked in a Hangout last month
This is one of Android’s best advantages, and it works really well on my Nexus 7. Apple, please stop ignoring this serious deficit of usefulness in iOS. Please.
OK, but other than that, how did you enjoy developing for Android, Mrs. Lincoln?
I’ve been listening to people in Chicago coffee shops complain about smartphones. Conversations have been entirely about iPhone and Android. Granted, this is extremely anecdotal, but still.
I haven’t once heard “flat” tossed around. But I sure have heard a lot of “my iPhone doesn’t do X or Y” and “I’m so glad my new Android lets me do Z.” I sure hope Apple has been listening, too.
In other words, Apple has product/market fit in the phone market in a way that it never had in the personal computer market. ALL of the key dynamics that doomed it in the computer market are fundamentally different in the phone market - this time, they all work in Apple’s favour, and in favour of the high-end market in general.
It might be tempting to think Android represents a replay of how round one of the PC market ended up for Apple (though, note that it has been the top notebook seller in the US and a top PC seller worldwide for a while now). This is one of the most succinct explanations I’ve seen yet for why you would be wrong.