We offer five reasons why increasing numbers of tech users are choosing Android smartphones and tablets, and explain why Google's Android may become the dominant player for some time to come. In association with Kodak.
In this film we’re focusing on two of the biggest tech stories this year - the fall from grace of the Blackberry and the rise to dominance of Android. And we’ll also take a look at what these trends mean for you, the user.
Whereas Blackberry’s parent company RIM has ousted is bosses and is struggling to come up with innovative ideas that will help it retain its current market share, Google Android is going from strength to strength and is set fair to become a dominant player in the mobile market.
In a recent poll for PC Advisor, nearly half of the voters predict that Android will be the most important mobile platform of the future.
Nineteen percent thought that Apple’s IoS platform would come out on top.
Windows phones came in third place.
And trailing way behind was Blackberry with a woeful three percent of the votes. That’s despite RIM claiming over twenty seven percent of UK’s smart-phone market.
In just two years, Android has grown from nine point six percent of the global market to fifty two percent, that’s around 250 million devices.
So how did Android gain its place at the top table and will it stay there?
Well we’ve pinpointed five reasons why more and more of you are choosing Android and why it may stay the dominant player for some time to come.
The first is: the low cost of hardware. Android devices tend to be cheaper than iPhones and BlackBerries, because their operating system is free for any hardware maker to use.
The second is: the greater choice of device. Android is available to a number of handset manufacturers like Samsung and HTC. IoS is only used in iPhones and BlackBerry is run only on BlackBerry phones.
The next reason is the greater flexibility and customisation of software. Because Android is open source, phone and tablet makers can tweak it as they see fit, and so can you.
The fourth is: the seamless synchronisation with other Google services, like Google Cloud Print. This enables you to print from cloud ready printers such as Kodak.
And the final reason is the ability of third parties to create apps for their hardware.
Out of the thousands of apps available to Android, there are apps designed for your smartphone or tablet to print wirelessly to cloud ready printers. Kodak have launched a few handy apps designed to make printing from your devices a breeze. Want to print a web page? What about this months sales figures? Then try Kodak Document Print App. How about printing some of those photo’s you have saved on your smartphone or tablet? - Send them through Kodak’s Pic Flick app. Both offer easy wireless printing direct from your device without the need of a computer connection.
It may be the coming force in mobile, but Android is of course not perfect. There have been complaints that Android phones are prone to breakage, but then so are iPhones.
And there have been a number of security lapses in Google’s Android market. It’s now put in place a new program to cut down on malicious app downloads. But we recommend managing security issues by using apps from trusted sources such as Kodak.
As for the Blackberry, it’s not going to disappear overnight, but one day, it may go the way of the dodo or at least the filofax.