Okay, so I’m considering a switch to Android. No big deal. I’m following in the footsteps of many, many, many others. But what I find interesting outside of my own personal decision is that there seems to be a growing discontent with Apple — especially amongst former so-called fanboys/girls — and, at the same time, a growing appreciation of what Google have been doing, especially from a design perspective.
So I thought I’d try and pick this apart. What’s actually changed?
Apple indeed has been dropping the ball a few times lately. This part on Apple Music is spot on:
What a mess. Sure, it’s not a total failure from an interaction design point of view, but it’s a sub-par effort from a company that should really be far, far, far better than any other steaming music competitors. That Apple Music has been so successful is only down to the ecosystem they’ve cultivated — not because it offers a superior experience.
And that is also exactly why I am staying with Apple: the ecosystem has me quite locked in. Having used an Android for a whole month in late 2015 I started missing the fact that I could answer my phone using my MacBook Pro, my music (bought via iTunes) being available on all my devices (MacBook *and* TV *and* iPhone), iMessage, great/good quality apps in the App Store, Airplay, … (and yes, I do know that there are alternatives to each and every service available, but moving will definitely be quite a big hassle)