History of Smartphones: iOS and Android in 2018

There are many mobile devices available for purchase in 2018. These devices are mainly produced by Apple and a number of Android devices in today’s market. Unfortunately, Classic BB10 (BlackBerry OS) and Windows Phone are no longer supported as wide as they once were only a decade ago – and I have to be honest, I was a huge fan of both classic operating systems. 

While BlackBerry moved into the Android market and Microsoft’s Windows Phone was completely erased from existence by competitors, there was less of a concern of viruses within both of these operating systems – BlackBerry was primarily the consumer and business smartphone market standard in security. Microsoft’s Windows Phone offered a simplistic and very clean interface for new and experienced smartphone users while leading the market by storm in smartphone to PC integration. 

I had my fair share of Apple devices in the past – and they are great devices for the same experience, look and feel of plain Jane computing and mobile devices. Steve Jobs did a phenomenal job in marketing his product, especially when the iPhone was released in 2007. The self-controlled psychotic man of Apple always had an answer for everything – including when he was touted for the placement of the wireless antennas on the original iPhone when consumers were complaining about the device losing signal – he merely replied that those with this issue was hold the iPhone incorrectly…….and people bought the idea and adapted.

Around the same time the first Android was released on a Motorola device, complete with a revealing physical keyboard, like a Blackberry phone. This was a smart move to incorporate something nostalgic in converting current BlackBerry users. But as BlackBerry was sinking, many previous BB10 users moved to a Windows Phone – which Windows Phone became the new standard in mobile business communication. 

Looking back at this change in mobile communication history, we all knew the BlackBerry was still king. iOS and Android were merely starting out as new players in the field and both OSes had many design flaws and bugs to fix. 

Moving back into today’s smartphone market, Android grew to be the number one preference globally over iOS. The reason for this was because of the many manufacturers that offer Android devices at various price points.  Meanwhile Apple made the iPhone, once as only a singular option and price point, into three different models, varying in sizes, colors and price points – growing consumer and business market value in the United States. 

Looking back at these options of operating systems, ecosystems (cloud services), price and overall function, we have a very large selection to choose from. 

So which is the better device in 2018? 

It depends on who you ask. Many people will go with the iPhone (even though many iPhone users still own a PC for personal and business computing) simply because Apple claims that they will never sell your information. For those people who are devoted to Android devices, already know that the security of both Apple and Android devices today are relatively the same. Both operating systems incorporate an ‘Advertising ID’ which allows the iPhone and Android to gather information for online marketing. There is one small difference in Android compared to iOS in this situation. In order to remove the file from an iPhone, you have to jailbreak it. With Android it’s a different story. All you have to do is look under your Apps under settings and you may delete the APK file without damaging your warranty or changing your phone’s operating system (called rooting). 

This doesn’t say one is more secure than the other, but it does tell us that the user has much more control over what information is shared between your device and a marketing application in the Android operating system. If you look at Google’s and Apple’s ecosystem, they are pretty much a mirror image when it comes to security in 2018. The only difference in Android OS is that the user has many more options and control over what information is shared over their device and within the Google Ecosystem. Apple doesn’t give the user many options except for those famous words, “We will never sell or share your personal information”. I just prefer to see what my options are. 

Personally I don’t think one OS is better than the other. Apple and Android have copied each other so much over the years, in ways of physical design and operating system features, that it only depends on the users preference of how something looks to themselves. 

However, based on personal preference, I prefer Android over Apple simply because of the ability to buy a device specific to the users needs, the monthly security updates and the open source of Android devices and applications. Apple doesn’t give you many options nor can you really see what they are doing with your information, nor do they guaranty monthly security updates. This is another reason why Chromebooks have been the popular choice in personal computing in 2018 as well. 

So when you’re shopping for a new device, don’t be afraid to compare Android devices to Apple devices side-by-side. After all, your smartphone is an investment in mobile communication and also a digital lifeline for many people who safeguard their information on these devices. 

Why I Gave Up Facebook After 10 Years

Back in 2008 I decided that I was going to join Facebook, when it was still fresh and new. I was the first of many friends and family to sign up for Facebook and cancelled my MySpace account. I just wasn’t a fan of MySpace with all the glitz and glamour third party downloads. 

I really enjoyed Facebook for what it was. A place for people to connect and socialize. It gave me a sense of still being in touch with friends and family even though I live in the southeast and everyone back home was in the northeast. At that time, many of my family did not have cell phones or smartphones so this was easier to share pictures. 

Then Facebook became a little too overwhelming and needy with wanting everyone’s personal information as Facebook started its Messenger service. Soon people were using the platform to connect to others instead of text messages or calling each other. This is where I started to question my love for Facebook. 

At this point, I decided that I was going to read the terms and conditions and I felt that I was dealing with an AOL nightmare all over again with the service attaching itself to every possible part of my computer – only Facebook does this to your cell phone. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter whether you have an Android device or an iPhone, if you granted Facebook (or any other application) to your PC, Mac, iPhone, Android, etc you gave them permission to see your digital life. 

About two years ago I started moving away from Facebook. I took online challenges to stay off of Facebook for 90 days a couple of times, just to see how I handled not seeing everything going on in family and friends lives on a daily basis. Not to mention my account was hacked several times over my iPhone in a years time. 

I turned out to be a lot happier and less aggravated over some posts and selfies that people burn into your brain time and time again – it was also boring. So I kept my Facebook account open to post for my small business at the time and in case people wanted to chat (again, I was not a fan of Facebook Messenger over the past several upgrades to include more personal services and would have preferred a text message). 

But then this past July something happened with Facebook that was unforgivable. A family member tried to use Facebook Messenger (let’s face it, they’re addicted like most of the world) to contact me about my Uncle’s sudden passing. Now this wasn’t just an Uncle – this was a man that treated me with more respect and love than my own Father – but I never got the notification. The next day this family member posted it on my Facebook wall that he had passed away. My ex was even sending Facebook Messages to me ( God Bless him) to tell me that my family got in touch with him via Facebook Messenger  because they couldn’t get in touch with me. 

My family knows my cell phone number, my email address and my physical address – yet they still relied on Facebook Messenger to tell me something that was THIS important. I finally found the message after searching for my family member in Facebook Messenger. They were never blocked or muted – I just never got the message. 

That was the last time I used Facebook. I deleted my account and information (you have to look it up based on how to do this, otherwise Facebook only gives you the ‘pause account’ option) Besides, I have my other Social Media accounts that I can use, which the people that matter the most are already a part of those services. 

I have high hopes that this post helped someone who wants to leave Facebook do just that. I wouldn’t recommend the service to anyone – even after 10 years.