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Android is on top of the game

There’s no denying the fact that for months now the Android OS has been outselling the iPhone and the BB phones, and now the green robotic OS has finally gotten a bigger share of the smartphone market in the US. The charts show that 33% of U.S. smartphone users owned an Android phones as of February of this year, while Blackberry and the iPhone had 28.9% and 25.2% respectively.

Is this wonderful news for Google? Of course it is, but this is definitely not enough reason for it to just rest relaxed without watching closely at the game. Here are some of the reasons why:

Staying Current

Probably one of Android’s major problems is its inability to stay current on its software.

Phone manufacturers and most wireless carriers are just not able to immediately blend the update of Google with their own software manufacturers so most of the high end phones—and even if they are the latest phones from the manufacturers—have been outdated by months ago. Google should be able to keep up with its current software changes because the iOS is really serious in hyping up its features and most especially regarding the importance of the experience of users.

Malware

Because Android is becoming more popular, malware is going to target it even more, and to do this, Google could just take out the app with the malware from the Android Market once it is discovered. It is really nice that the Android Market is less restrictive compared to the iPhone App Store, but Google needs a way to stop malware from getting into the Android Market. Prevention is better than cure, and Google is saying they are doing just that.

Clutter down, streamlining in

Is it just me or is the Android platform isn’t as polished as the iOS?

And it’s not really about the obvious things, but more importantly, it’s the small details like the smoothness of the animation of the virtual keyboard, or the animation when swiping the apps menu, and even the tap-the-top-of-the-screen-to-return-to-the-top-of-the-Web-page ability of other operating systems. Is this because the Android is fairly a new OS compared to the others and they’re just really trying to streamline the platform at this moment?

But I should give it to Android for becoming the top OS this early quarter.

Your thoughts

What do you think? What other things do you think should Android be improving on? Have you had any problems with Android? If you’re a fan of the iOS or of any other OS, would you consider shifting? Why or why not?

Let us all know in the comments!

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Stephen NellasStephen is part of the Software Jewel team, the company behind Clutterpad and BiP. He's also a regular author for BiP.View all posts by Stephen Nellas →