Android Apps quality

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by nlr, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. nlr macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2010

    I personally think once Android apps get to the same quality as iOS it will be a really good mobile OS. Do you think it will ever reach such quality realistically with so many devices to cater for?

    What do you think 5.0 will bring?

  2. jamojamo macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2010
    App quality i really dependent on the App developer. I've seen some really nice Apps on my Nexus 7 that are just as good as the iPhone version. Of course, I've seen some real crappy ones on both platforms as well.

    I have found the app quality is not as big a deal as lots of people make it out to be but I am not hyper-critical of those types of things anyway.

    I view it as one more nit that people like to use hyperbole on to make their side look better. (And yes, there are many here who do the same thing for/against iOS and Apple)
  3. daveathall macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2010
    North Yorkshire
    Yes, fair point, I agree with this very much. I'm not a gamer but all the apps that I use on my iPad mini that are available on my Nexus 4 are on a par.
  4. marc11 macrumors 68000

    Mar 30, 2011
    NY USA
    Every app I use on my Nexus 7 and S3 are of the same quality as those that I used on my iPhone 4. I have zero complaints about Android apps, at least for the 20 or so ones I use on a regular basis.
  5. sentinelsx macrumors 68010

    Feb 28, 2011
    You don't need 5.0 for better apps. The new guidelines are already showing that developers who care are making amazing apps.

    What you need is better tools from google.
  6. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    I have no problem with the quality of Android apps. All the cross platform apps I have look and operate exactly or near the same.
  7. Dolorian macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    I have the same experience.
  8. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    eBay is better on iOS, but Any.DO is horrible on it because of the lack of buttons. So it depends on the app and how it functions.

    Android developers keep it simple, because people complain of the space an app takes. People on iOS don't care at all really. But the file systems are different. I have a basic Android phone now, and the limited space is a huge issue. But things like App 2 SD are only useful when it comes to games.
  9. roxxette macrumors 68000


    Aug 9, 2011
    The big ones and from decent developers are same quality, i guess your android experience comes from a low quality phone :)
  10. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    What apps on Android aren't as good compared to iOS? Every app I've downloaded so far have been the same experience on both platforms.
  11. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    This reflects my exact same experience. I have my iPhone 5 & Various Androids setup with the same Apps like Evernote etc.

    I've got a great cross platform setup created to provide the best seamless interface between my Macs & PC's, as well as my iOS & Android devices. It's an enjoyable mix.

    While I'm somewhat biased towards Apple when it comes to the desktop, the tablets & smartphones are a different matter. I prefer the iPad 4 over my Nexus 10. My Nexus 7 over my iPad mini.

    Then there's the Smartphones.

    I've always been very fond of iPhones yet very disgusted with Apple for clinging to its tiny display. Once they stretched it out & kept it narrow, that was a very bizarre half measure largely so they could call it 4.0".

    If they recycle that same display in the upcoming model, I will pass and break my pattern of buying each model. There's no point in buying more of the same.
  12. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Why do people feel like they have to buy every version of the iPhone? My 2G lasted me from 2007 to 2010. My iPhone 4 from 2010 to 2012, and the iPhone 5S will probably last me longer this time around if it's similar to the 5.

    If you don't want to, don't. You're not being forced to buy a new handset every year. Don't let new features lure you into upgrading, be smart about your purchases and don't give into marketing.

    The only reason I upgrade my stuff is because it breaks or the battery is so poor that it's unusable, like my iPod 3rd generation.
  13. flameproof macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2011
    What? Have you compare Dropbox on iOS and Android? Dropbox on Android is way, way better quality.

    I guess that often apps on Android are better quality for the simple reason that Android has more functionality and is less restrictive.
  14. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    I've found that the iOS versions are usually a little more polished up, but the Android functions the same, if not more so when it comes to features.
  15. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    This is how I feel. Personally, I think people are lying to themselves if they cannot tell the difference in polish between the two apps on iOS and android. That is really one of the few things I liked about iOS better....the devs definitely focus more on polish and update iOS apps faster.
  16. VulchR macrumors 68020


    Jun 8, 2009
    Nice to know that Android Universal Turing Machines can be made to act like Apple Universal Turing Machines (and vice versa)...
  17. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    I'm very happy with the apps on android. You tend to be able to do a lot more with them too. At least the ones I use.
  18. sk1wbw Suspended


    May 28, 2011
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    Pocket Informant comes to mind.
  19. mib1800 macrumors 68030

    Sep 16, 2012
    I don't agree. with restricted nature of ios caused many apps that require any collaboration with other apps or need background processing are lacking and unpolished compared to android.
  20. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Labeling iOS apps as more "polished" has more to do with iOS than the apps. iOS is a pretty looking mobile OS. So being that iOS apps look and feel like apart of iOS as if they were default apps, I can understand why some would think they are more polished.

    Other than that I don't see any other reason why anyone would say iOS apps are more polished.
  21. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    stutter and fluidity is what I mean by polish. Also, the functionality within the apps. I would pin that more on the apps and not the IOS.
  22. LorPGDL macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2011
    my most used apps are whatsapp, facebook messenger, spotify and the camera

    whatsapp -> got whatsapp+, infinitely better than stock android or ios (stock android and ios about the same quality)

    facebook messenger -> no real difference

    spotify -> actually a lot better on android, before the ios app got updated recently and is now almost on par with the android app.

    camera -> using procapture, not the stock app. but the stock camera on my note is still way ahead of the camera on the iphone. stock ios camera is made for granmas, seriously underwhelmed by the lack of functionality.

    so all in all, for "normal" users that dont know about the merits of rooting your phone, there is almost no discernible difference in app quality for the major apps imho

    for users that know what to do with their phone there is not even a contest, android apps are ininitely better because there are like a 100k root apps that can do stuff no ios app can do.
  23. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    does whatsapp+ have a video chat built in?
  24. jrswizzle macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    I suppose I'll never stop reading this nonsense, but every now and then when I see it I feel the need to edumacate you people....

    Apple moved from a 3:2 aspect ratio in the iPhone 4S to the more standard 16:9 that literally every other flagship phone is on. There is no "bizarre half-measure". If the GS3 was 4" it would be about the same size and shape. The Droid Razr M is 4" and the exact same size.

    The idea that Apple has concocted some Frankenstein phone size frustrates the hell out of me because its complete nonsense and spouted over and over again.

    Regardless of whether 4" is too small for you or not, the size of the iPhone 5 is NOT odd or out of the ordinary. It's simply a 4" 16:9 smartphone - just like any other 4" 16:9 smartphone in size and shape.
  25. LorPGDL macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2011
    nope. for more infos xda

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