For the past month, I have been performing the daunting task of picking a new cell phone to replace by seemingly outdated Blackberry Curve. The problem is I don’t have the first clue what I want or, more importantly, what I need, so I’m just going based on recommendations and gut instinct. The problem is that my gut keeps telling me to get a Motorola Startac and then to wear my brand new No Fear shirt to the mall after school. But even worse is that the world of cellular phone technology is quickly falling into a gang war mentality and you’re either an Android or Apple’s iOS. Pick your side, if you’re man enough.
And the war is getting nastier as Google Android chief Andy Rubin and Apple CEO Steve Jobs have traded shots over each company’s OS via Twitter. In fact, it was the first and only time that Rubin has ever Tweeted and his lone 140 character statement was to defend Google’s claims that the Android OS is more open than Apple’s “closed” iOS. Jobs claims that the Android is too fragmented while Rubin insists that the Android is more convenient for more developers. I think we can all agree that this is the worst Twitter feud in history.
Arguing all he wants, Rubin has his work cut out for his defense of the Android platform seeing as numbers matter, and the numbers say that the public prefers the iPhone. ATT is no longer the lone provider of the iPhone, as Verizon – and its long marketing contempt for the beloved Apple phone – has caved and will now offer the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, as well as those iPads that I’ve been hearing so much about. That leaves Sprint as the last man standing in the ranks of Android providers, or at least those who provide only Android OS phones. Sprint will now have to hope that the HTC Evo 4G continues to rise in popularity and I will be glad to document it if Sprint would like to send me one… hint, hint.
Finally, while it seems like the deck is stacked in Apple’s favor, Google has an ace up its sleeve and it’s coming soon as the Android’s newest format – Gingerbread. While the name may leave you scratching your head and visiting your bakery, Gingerbread will allow faster video chat and will also have SIP support – something the iPhone lacks – which allows users to accept both their normal phone calls as well as Google Voice calls. Which, of course, could be awkward when your mom calls while you’re ordering an escort.
- Sprint and Blackberry are once again teaming up for a new take on the classic Blackberry platform – the Blackberry Style 9670. It’s the second version of a Blackberry flip phone, so at least you’ll stop butt-dialing your ex. What? I swear that’s the reason and doesn’t violate the terms of the restraining order. (PC World)
- Apple has been approved for a patent on an app that will block teens and kids from using their phones to sext. While I can see the importance in that, I suggest we also add 40-year old NFL quarterbacks to the service. (My Gadget News)
KNOW YOUR STATS
- While the Android and iPhone sales are back-and-forth, neck-and-neck and elbow-to-elbow, the fact remains that more than 60% of Android apps are free, while only 25% of iPhone apps can qualify for that. (Android Tapp)
- As of September, at least 200,000 Android phones were being activated each day. Apple was also activating 230,000 units per day… including iPhones, iPads and iPods. Advantage: Google Android. (Android Power)