Best Decisions Mobile – Differences between iOS and Android

The differences between Android and iOS (iPhone) has become very minimal. It really is a matter of preference to customize your device more with the Android platform or have Apple applications ready at hand if you use the Apple ecosystem.

I have worked in Tech Support for a major wireless company and being that I’ve used an iPhone (model 3G and up), Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and numerous Android (4.0 to 8.0) devices (I’m using an HP Chromebook to write this article, but I also own an iPad Pro) – some people call me an expert on all mobile platforms, but to me it’s just the idea of becoming comfortable with what you use in comparison to mobile and PC/MAC/Linux on your home-based devices.

Many people in the United States are more concerned about security more than ever, and they have every right to be. Also, with more people using the iOS (iPhone) platform, I would want to safeguard my device with anti-virus software compared to Android devices. Here’s why:

With Apple, you have one version of their operating system for iPhone, iPads and iPods. If a hacker cracks one, they can crack them all if you’re using an Applie ID. Now Apple has taken rigorous steps in fighting against Malware and Viruses, but since the platform is being used the most in the richest country in the world (the United States) there are more hackers trying to get access to these devices.

Android, on the other hand, has an open source platform. This means that many manufacturers can optimize their own devices, add their own security (on top of Google’s automatic monthly security updates) back up options (on top of Google’s back up), and offer additional storage on certain models.

So does this make Android safer than Apple or vice versa? Yes and no. A hacker would have to breach the manufacturers security and Google’s security to hack an Android device. Being that there are hundreds of different devices out there with the Android platform installed, this can be time consuming for the hacker. However, Android is the most used mobile platform globally, compared to Apple’s iPhone targets here in the United States. But again, most people that use the iPhone is here in the United States and we are the richest country in the world. So it is really up to the user to safeguard themselves on either platform.

I had someone at a luncheon last weekend tell me that I couldn’t afford an iPhone (which of course they owned an iPhone) after looking at my Moto X4. I brushed it off because right after they asked another person at the table what the difference between the iPhone X and the iPhone 10 was……..yeah, I’ll leave it alone. My internal translation wasn’t that I thought they were dumb, it it just felt that they would have a very deep lack of understanding if I tried to explain everything as I just did here.

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The Evolution of Social Media Apps

The Evolution of Social Media and Store Apps

There is a time for introduction, peak evolution, maintenance and retirement when it comes to many Apps on our smartphones today. Even web based social services lose their luster from the public eventually. 

From 2005 to 2008 MySpace was the leader in Social Networking. By creating glitter logos and posting picture on your page, you gained friends. The name of the game was the page with the most gaudy appearance and most number of friends wins. Unfortunately MySpace became a shadow of Facebook and Twitter, and eventually closed the service.

In 2016, it was reported that Facebook has seen a decline of members sharing information on the site by 21% and in January 2018 there was a report, based on the 4th quarter of 2017, that one million Facebook accounts have been closed or are unused. This recent drop is caused by the lack of interest in Millenials and young adults in their late teens as they move to more instant sharing Apps which allow limited time spans to view the posts. In other words, the up and coming generation is concerned about security and does not feel the need to share their lives as recorded and saved information on the internet.

From a personal perspective, this is the reason why my Facebook Ads for my clothing brand hasn’t been as effective as it once was on this social media platform.

in light of the “Instant Share / Not Saved” apps, it was reported that SnapChat users were also on a declining slope in August of 2017 as well as Instagram lost to Facebook.

Twitter, on the other hand, gained 9 million users in the first 3 quarters in 2017, but lost 2 million in the last quarter of 2017.

With this all being said, Instagram and SnapChat was on a decline in the 3rd quarter of 2017, and Facebook was on the decline of over 1 million users in 2017, yet the only social media app / platform that gained new users of 7 million accounts in 2017 was Twitter – and to me this makes quite a bit of sense.

Tweeters are limited to 250 count of space per tweet, so there is no rambling on about how bad you wanted chinese food and ordered it over Uber Eats because your sister’s best friend’s cousin’s half brother turned your ex from 5 years ago gay and that’s why he broke up with you. In other words, Twitter can’t be your embarrassment of a desperate search for a psychologist in the extended format of a (not so) epic storyline.

I also feel that Twitter keeps it simple and social media life is better that way. SnapChat is so quick and instant, I’m surprised that it doesn’t leave money on the bedside table in the morning. Facebook, however wants to marry you. Anything and everything that your life could possible consist of, Facebook wants to know about it. There are even pop-ups and banners reminding you to update your profile, your email address and your phone number. Facebook Chat also wants permission to use the application for all text messages as well as other chat platform……ON. YOUR. PHONE. Slightly invasive? No. Facebook Chat is an A.I. stalker in my eyes. No, thank you.

There is one Social Media platform that I never can seem to give up, simply because of how non-invasive it is, no bugging the user to update something, and no engagement ring and proposal over your personal information. This platform is Google Plus (G+). There are communities and logical discussion on this platform and you can attach other google services if you choose to do so. You’re not forced into ‘new features’ you may not want or need.

So there we have it. The ins and outs. The ups and downs of social media and their glorious apps fading in and out of the populous public pupil.

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