Believe it or not, there isn't all that much that separates iOS and Android.
For all the vociferous fighting between the two camps, they all essentially use their devices to do the same basic things that Steve Jobs touted when he unveiled the iPhone in 2007: web, email, entertainment. There's an elegance and fluidity to iOS that Android can't match, and Apple users will never enjoy the level of customization that Samsung and HTC handsets can provide, but for the most part, they're really very similar.
Or they would be, if it weren't for all those apps.
Apple's iPhone has had a tough go of it in Russia, where traditional carrier subsidies have been largely ignored in favor of prepaid handsets. Can Cupertino regroup and attack the problem from another direction?
Google is moving quickly to capitalize on its recent acquisition of traffic service Waze, with real-time data now incorporated into the iOS and Android editions of the Google Maps app in a number of countries.
Much of the news from the Applesphere over the past year has centered on doom and gloom influenced by the perceived lack of innovation at Apple and the meteoric rise of Samsung's Android-powered devices, but a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Papers shows that things aren't quite so bad as some critics make them out to be. According to the firm's recent findings (as reported by MacRumors), Apple gains more users from rival operating systems than it loses customers to them.
It's no secret that handset maker HTC has been struggling in recent months, despite the critical success of its latest Android-based HTC One smartphone. Now it may have another problem, as a high-profile partnership looks toward the exit sign.
Rumors and leaks are heating up and you know what that means: pure speculation! Fakes! A slowly growing fever pitch of excitement as we get closer and closer to the big day. If the 9/10 predictors are right, we'll be seeing Apple invites pretty soon, but only time will tell. That, and a MacLife columnist goes Android rogue — GASP!!!
While Android tablet makers continue to serve up a dizzying array of new models compared to Apple's relatively simple iPad lineup, the manufacturers remain helpless to offer the one thing users really want: More top apps.
I figure it started around the time I first laid eyes on the Nexus 4. For hours, I would gaze at its screen and pore over its tech specs, trying to convince myself that I needed a second phone. I similarly lusted over the Google Play editions of the HTC One and (to a somewhat lesser extent) Samsung Galaxy S4, but the financial commitment was always enough to scare me off.
But when Google took the wraps off its new Nexus 7 a few weeks back, I finally pulled the trigger. Running a brand-new version of Jelly Bean and packing 323 pixels per inch, the Asus-built tablet seemed like my perfect match. I ordered one as soon as it was available, and I could hardly wait for it to arrive.