Android was developed to kill Windows Phone, not the iPhone

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  1. akash.nu macrumors 68030

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    The real beginning of android,even if it was not called android,or even thought of as a phone OS,was when Linus Thorvalds created the first seed of Linux code.
     
  3. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

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    Ironic that Android, with its openness, is the Windows of mobile.
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Interesting.

    Explains why the Android UI always looked half-finished with ugly icons. You didn't really need to work too hard on that to take out Windows Mobile.

    Having used a WinMo 6.1 Pro device for 3.5 years I can say the underlying OS was hideous. Sense UI (from HTC) was the only thing that made that phone attractive.
     
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    Yep, been pointing this out for years.

    Especially every time that stupid myth comes up, the one claiming that Android was originally intended to compete with RIM's Blackberry. Nobody would've gone up against RIM back then, not with their enterprise contracts and carrier NOCs.

    Google was worried that Microsoft would block out Google Search in the mobile market. That's why they wanted to put out a competing mobile OS, and that's why Android was always intended to come in both a non-touch and touch version, just like Windows Mobile.

    Heck, even the original non-touch internal Android developer phone was the same as a known Windows Mobile device:

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    *was

    Android of yesteryear really was not great. Remember when all Android phones shipped with trackballs? My first Android phone did. Yikes!

    So thankful that Android OS has really found its footing in recent years, as there used to be absolutely no competition between Android and iOS.
     
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    iOS is too old now and looks dated. I like some of the things other are doing.
    Apple has fallen into the same rut as MS of the 90s.
     
  8. akash.nu thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Every company will eventually get in that state, especially if it's a consumer driven service.
     
  9. Michael Goff macrumors G4

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    And yet the rumor is that Android might be moving away from Linux soon.
     
  10. akash.nu thread starter macrumors 68030

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    To what?
     
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    Excuse my ignorance. But could that mean Java will be out the picture?
     
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    It will be based solely on Flash.
     
  14. Michael Goff macrumors G4

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    Magenta kernel.

    Doubtful. Java runs on everything and would likely run on Magenta. If not now, by the time they move.
     
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    Java out of the picture.......to good to be true :)
     
  16. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    I was hoping maybe HTML5. That's what Samsung is trying to get developers to base their Tizen apps on. Or C++. Java just requires more resources, and taking Java out the picture would be a huge boost for Android performance.

    My coding skills is very limited, so again, excuse my ignorance.
     
  17. Michael Goff macrumors G4

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    Java can be good. But would you really suggest Google try to launch a version of Android that can't run most Android apps?
     
  18. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    Well Google has the power to implement a system that developers would have to roll-out non java apps in x amount of time.
     
  19. Michael Goff macrumors G4

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    Yes and no. They can say “no more Java”, but I doubt Google can really convince a million or so devs to rewrite their apps.
     
  20. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    For better, and for worse.
     
  21. mib1800 macrumors 68020

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    No matter what, it is still better than a closed off proprietary hardware/software/ecosystems of apple.

    Android is the lesser of two evils.
     
  22. Michael Goff macrumors G4

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    Neither is evil and better is subjective.
     
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    The iPhone was the windows killer for me. I had the HTC 6700 when the 3GS came out. I was tired of having to hack the phone to get it to do what it should have done out of the box. Additionally, there were too many times I couldn't answer incoming calls and had to reboot the damn thing constantly. The iPhone on the other hand, just worked and was fun to use.

    It doesn't surprise me Google was going after Microsoft, Nokia and blackberry. They were big players who left A LOT on the table. Palm was out there, but it too wasn't stable enough. And it had a weird way of "typing" with the stylus.
     
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    Baseless comment, this is. Competition is good except when it comes apple, eh?
     

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