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A mobile device is only as good as the apps on it. The Play Store for quite some time has been behind Apple's App Store in terms of quality and quantity of the apps. In fact, when it comes to quality some may argue that the App Store is still leading, which may in fact be true in some cases. But I'm not talking about the apps here, I'm talking about the actual stores. Why is the Play Store better? BECAUSE I DON'T NEED TO INSTALL IT ON MY LAPTOP! *end all caps rage* Seriously though, having to install iTunes and run it to access the App Store from my laptop was a real hassle with iOS. The Play Store on the other hand can be accessed from any browser. No separate software needed. In addition to that, I can remotely install apps on my mobile device from the desktop version of the Play Store, no sync required, no need to connect my device to my laptop like I had to do with iTunes. Browse the Play Store on my laptop, find an app I like, click install, and in a few seconds it's on my mobile device. It' can't get any easier than that.
|With Android, you're spoilt for |
choice. Image: Cult of Android
3. Don't like something? Change it!
Here's a quote Tim Cook made at the D11 conference a few weeks ago about allowing third party keyboards in iOS - "the customer pays us to make certain choices on their behalf". Restrictions are good depending on the situation, even Android doesn't allow total access to the root directory of a device, unless of course the user himself roots it. But Android still allows the user a whole lot of power over their device to change almost anything they want. Don't like the stock keyboard on your device? Replace it with any one of the great alternatives in the Play Store. Want to surf the internet on a browser other than Chrome? No problem (unlike on iOS, you can set third party apps as defaults as well). Not a fan of the transition animations? Install a custom launcher and change them. Think your lock screen is dull? Customise it. Bored of the stock icons? Again, change them. You can change practically everything about your device thanks to Android. And that's without rooting your device. For the adventurous, rooting opens up a whole new world of customisation options, more than jailbreaking could ever do for iOS.
|Mycolorscreen is the place to go to see |
how powerful Android customisation really is.
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in the community.
1. Android is open sourced
Three of the four points I made above are possible largely because of the nature of Android, which is being open source. If Android wasn't as open as it is, many of the things I (and I'm sure every other Android enthusiast out there) enjoy about Android wouldn't be possible. This is Android's greatest strength, and what makes it so different from iOS. One of the biggest benefits of being open sourced (among others) is that the users (community) have access to the Android code via the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This is where custom ROMs come from. But being open sourced has more benefits than just being able to install custom software; it also gives apps the ability to openly communicate with each other. This allows us to easily share content from one app to any other, like sharing a note made in Google Keep to a contact via WhatsApp, to open an image from the gallery in an image editing app like Easy Photo Editor, or sharing a website link from Chrome to Google+ (without copying and pasting the link). This kind of open communication between apps makes a task that would take maybe five steps possible in just one. I'd like to elaborate more on just how awesome Android is because of its open nature, but you can just read points (4), (3) and (2) again.
|The core reason behind the greatness of Android.|