Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Google needs to learn from Apple


Did I just say what you thought I said?  Yes, yes I did, but don't get me wrong, I am not becoming some apple fan boy or anything like that, I'll most probably end up getting an iPad 3 but that shouldn't shock anyone since I always do enjoy having something that runs iOS in order to stay up to date with what is going on and currently I don't have any iOS devices.

So what exactly do I mean?  Look, if there is something I hate about Apple it is how closed off they are,  but if there is anything I admire about Apple is how good an ecosystem they have.  There may be a lot of things they don't have and a lot of things they wont let you to have, but the things they do have work, and they work great.

What bothers me with Google is that they have a LOT of the same things Apple has, but they don't work anywhere nearly as good.  Face-time for example, Google has a chatting software that can do face to face, but it doesn't really work all that well, I can't really do a video call with any of my Android friends unless they happen to be running something like Skype and are logged in at the time.

Then we have a lot of things that Google actually does better, but they don't make it look anywhere near as nice as Apple does.  Mostly anything CLOUD related I certainly believe Google is way ahead of Apple on. Email and calendar and contacts syncing is so much better on Android in my opinion but again it's not a look that makes people feel comfortable and everything seems to be so separated from everything else.

The good news is that Google is indeed working on trying to make apps look nicer and trying to make all their different applications work nicer together, so we will see how that goes.  I think Google certainly needs to start spending more $$ on design and marketing.

On one hand we have beautiful and capable, on the other hand we have Not so beautiful but a lot more capable, I just don't see why a Giant like Google can't mix it all together and give us the best of both worlds.  I can only HOPE that with the purchase of Motorola Google starts making some of their own hardware and that they put as much time and effort into it as Apple does.

I love Android, but I'm getting sick and tired of all the disorder and going back to iOS alone isn't an option for me.

Javier Torres
AnarchyLive.com