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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. 

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