How Google should change Android in wake of the iPhone 4

9 Jun

It has been over 24 hours since Apple announced the iPhone 4 and this is the first post I’m making about the device. My thoughts about the iPhone 4 have changed from sheer disappointment (heck, it is the same device that we had seen a couple of months ago) to unparalleled enthusiasm (I’d have probably started making arrangements to camp outside an Apple Store, had I been in the US). Call me a fan boy but after analysing what the iPhone 4 has to offer and after going through numerous hands-on posts, I’m convinced that Apple has really outdone itself and has changed the rules of the superphone game, again. (For the record, I’m a die-hard Android fan.)

However, even Steve Jobs agrees that if there is one OS that really competes with iOS, it has to be Google’s Android. Jobs could be seen comparing device shipment and web browsing stats of the two operating systems during his keynote. This says a lot about Android, which shipped its first device more than a year after the first iPhone and has already gone past the incumbents – Windows Mobile and Symbian.

While Android is still no where close to iOS in terms of apps (both number and quality), multimedia (it is the weakest OS  in multimedia department in my books) or sheer quality of hardware when compared to iOS, where it scores is its openness and multi-tasking abilities. Apple is bringing multitasking to the table with iOS 4, but it does not seem to be as convenient as Android’s drop-down notification bar on the top.

Now, I expect Google to devote more resources on the Android Market to ensure that there are more quality apps available. Google would also like to introduce paid apps to more countries as soon as possible to encourage developers to churn out as many interesting games and high-quality apps as possible. The sheer number of Android devices being sold in the world (about 100,000 devices everyday!) makes it very attractive to developers. It would also help if Google looked into cr-apps that have flooded the market and did some housekeeping rather than taking potshots at Apple.



Secondly, I would like to see Google change the way it releases OS updates. Considering that there are all sorts of phones at all possible price points and hardware configuration, it would help Google (and Android) if it classified which categories of phones run on which version of Android. This could be based on the processor/memory configuration of the phone. What this would do is ensure that the highest-end segment of phones  run on the most advanced OS version while the phones in the lower-end of the spectrum run on a more basic/lite version that gives most features but skips the processor-intensive stuff. By doing this, users will get a more refined user experience suited to their choice of hardware, which has been one of the main reason for the iPhone’s success. It would also mean that developers will be able to target high-end devices with better quality apps.



I won’t be surprised if we see Android phones from certain handset vendors to sport their equivalent of ‘retina display’ before the end of this year and include other key learnings from iPhone 4. Now only if Google can take care of its app store and OS update mechanism, I believe that Android can still take on the iPhone phenomenon.

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