Two weeks ago I went out and got a new Moto X and let me tell you, the phone is FANTASTIC!
It is the best phone I’ve had, I hate to say it, I think it beats my Palm Pre (my previous favorite).
The Moto X is THE smartphone to buy on the market today. It takes the popularity and customization of android and adds those little gems to it that make it a little more polished and refined like the iPhone.
I won’t go on and on about those “little” things, there are dozens and dozens of reviews of the Moto X and Skip, Assist, Camera, Miracast, the AWESOME notifications screen and all those little gems, but you can read them elsewhere.
This post is about how Android OS (the main one) is over. Google killed it. But how?
1. Buying Motorola. Sure that was a smart move and an AWESOME product came out of it, but now if I’m ANY other OEM I’m wondering if I’m going to be supported. (PS, buy a Moto X, just do it, it might be your last android phone, but it is the best phone on the market, period)
2. Samsung. Samsung is going to fork (or is very prepared to fork) android since everyone else is doing it and Googotorola doesn’t love them as much anymore. No they’re probably not going to go making too many Windows Phone 8 or Bada OS phones either, but I bet their own little “appstore” thing will be more and prominent.
3. Microsoft + Nokia. The merger of MS with its lead manufacturer of Windows Phones (sorry Samsung again) is going to prove to be a great partnership. If you haven’t used any of Microsoft’s “8” (8.1) products (Windows 8, RT, Phone 8, etc) you don’t know what you’re missing. I have a Surface and they NAILED it. Don’t listen to the naysayers about the “RT” debacle. Just watch the Surface commercial vs. the iPad… using any Surface or “8” product is like that. The best of both worlds. Yeah sure the ARM processor versions can’t run OLD Windows apps, but neither can your iPad, Android Tablet or anything else, and if 100,000 apps isn’t enough for you, you’re doing it wrong.
4. Mojito. No Amazon isn’t drunk they’re BRILLIANT as always. Jeff Bezos and crew said, “Hey people love stupid OS names, we have the best Fire OS 3.0 Mojito”, and as a real life Fire user the Fire interface is better than “stock android” by a mile, especially for the “average user”. Oh and that Fire Phone you’ll see that soon I’m sure.
5. iOS 7. Sure its just webOS years late (but so is android 4) but it took that “simple” phone (iPhone) and gave it real multitasking. Its pretty, its updated, and hell, people would rather buy an iPhone but some wanted an updated interface. The difference between iOS 6 and 7 is the difference between Palm OS and Palm webOS, MASSIVE, game changing… kill shot.
6. All the other android manufacturers… are pissed about this whole Motorola thing as it is “Droid” (which most were Moto’s for Verizon) is the best “name” in “android” (the Palmpilot if you will), and I can’t see Verizon using anyone but Motorola going forward… and as far as Nexus, well that program was fun while it lasted. Do you know what the new Nexus Phone will be called? The Moto X 2 .
7. Google Play Store. It took too long for Google Play Store to get onto inexpensive tablets, that “Google” control lead to this forking in the first place.
8. Cyanogenmod. No we might never see a phone released in the US with this android fork as the default OS, but in China? Kiss “Google Android” goodbye.
9. Ouya. No it might not be a runaway success, but the Ouya is proof that android can look like anything and work really well and be open (to Amazon Appstore).
So there you have it, I’m calling it, “Google android” will slowly slip to become a Motorola OS, no that’s not a bad thing, it actually could be a good thing. I feel “bad” for the other “brands” but to be truthful the OEMs need to remember what an OEM is and start working partnerships with the three phones: Apple iPhone, Google Motorola Moto X, and Microsoft Nokia Windows Phone. And as far as that is all concerned, Samsung still makes the iPhone chip so don’t feel too bad for them.