One of the proof texts iOSaddicts employ to defend the popularity of their JesusPhone is that the Android third-party development system is in shambles. Some of the factoids(*) over which they eulogize Androids include these:
- Android OS releases are too fragmented, unlike iOS, which sychronizes every iPhone and iPad. Mostly true, although older devices suffer from fewer new functions from new iOS releasees. But Google has worked to ensure that fragmentation no longer matters to third-party development.
- Android hardware is too fragmented, unlike the consistent specs among the limited number of iPhone and iPad models. No longer true, becuase of (a) Apple's release this year of inconsistent hardware models, and (b) Google's release last year of Android 4, which merges the smartphone-oriented Android 2 with the tablet-oriented Android 3.
- There are few Android tablet apps. This is the biggeset lie that Apple executives continue to repeat, because Android OS was designed to be resolution-independent, unlike iOS, and so Android smartphone apps don't need to be rewritten for tablets, unlike iOS. Nearly every Android smartphone app is also an Android tablet app; Android app store doesn't need to segregate apps the way that Apple's app store must. I don't believe the line that Jobs invented the tablet before the phone, because otherwise iOS would have been written with future expansion to tablets in mind; but it wasn't.
- I see everybody using iPhones and iPads. The statistics released this week put this factoid to rest; only 15% of smartphone users worldwide use an iPhone and 50% use an iPad, with the growth numbers putting iOS hardware at a great disadvantage from now on. It only looks like everyone is using an Apple product, because all models look the same, unlike the rich variety of styles users get with Android products.
- Developers don't develop for Android. Not any more. Matt Asay of The Register reports today that the number of developers is now even in both camps, but that the number of new Android developers is growing by four orders of magnitude -- 35,000%. As Solidworks marketing used to be fond of saying, It's the number of employment ads that counts, and here Android is winning, too.
- Haters are going to hate. This factoid repeated by iOSaddicts sums up the iOSaddict attitude perfectly.
(*) Factoid: "an item of unreliable information that is repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact."