Google to Apple: I see your mobile update and raise you one

Google to Apple: I see your mobile update and raise you one

Summary: Google and Apple both issue mobile OS updates - but the addition of multi-touch on Nexus One makes it a game changer.


Today seems to be the day for mobile device updates - and I'm ready for mine.

Apple issued the first update to the iPhone OS, which includes iPod Touch devices, to fix some app crash problems and enhance the battery life, as well as install some security updates.

Nothing major there. It's nice to have apps that don't crash upon launch and a better performing battery is always nice, too - but those didn't really change the user experience.

Then comes Google's update to Nexus One devices later in the day. It's a nice one, notably the inclusion of multi-touch, the pinch-and-zoom that iPhone users have come to love. That enhances the experience and brings more value to the Android device. Some might even argue that it levels the playing field between Android and iPhone.

My iPod Touch is updated to latest version of the OS, something that occurred when I plugged the device into my Mac for a sync session. Google's over-the-air update hasn't hit my device yet. I'm still getting a message that tells me my system is up to date. Once I make the update, I'll post some thoughts on the new experience.

Topics: Hardware, Apple, Google, iPhone, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • RE: Google to Apple: I see your mobile update and raise you one

    That's funny. All I see are iphones in almost every
    commercial on TV. Where the apps for Google's Nexus

    Let me list some:

    1) Nation Wide Insurance
    2) Geico
    3) Weightwatchers
    4) Rhapsody

    To name four.
    • Lets see......

      Because people are all hyped around the iPhone? Yeah when it comes to marketing its all about the hype and attention, not that these apps couldn't do the exact same thing on Android.
  • The Google spyphone

    Use at your own risk. Google is making lots of money redistributing other people's content. But, beware, all those apps and services are not for free. They are costing you, both money, and privacy. Someday you will regret the loss of the latter.
    • The nice thing about Android

      is that the user does have the ability to untie himself from Google services if he chooses to do so. Do you have that same ability with iPhone OS?
      Michael Kelly
      • Yes!

        Don't need to be tied to Google services, nor Apple services on the iPhone. And Apple does not have the huge database on tens of millions of people that Google does.

        But, I would not believe that Google is not monitoring everything you are doing on your Nexus. At the least, they will have all your contacts, probably agenda, and likely emails if you use gmail.
  • Fragmentation

    I think we are already feeling the effects of Android fragmentation. All of the attention is paid to the new devices, and old ones seem to be forgotten about. Nexus One is a good example. Out of the gates it is released with Android 2.0. Those of us who own G1's and MyTouch are still waiting for 2.0. Now there is an update to Nexus One's 2.0, yet the rest of us are still waiting. To add insult to injury, TMO / Google's ability to communicate to customers when updates are released is terrible. What gives? TMO, get off your a$$ and release 2.0, or give Google a swift kick, please.
    • Tell me about it

      I felt the same way with Windows Mobile. I also have a G1 and waiting
      for an update. except in the case of WM I am dependent upon HTC to
      release a latest ROM or have to go to XDA for a cooked ROM the SAME
      is going with G1. TMO is not updating it. Where as iPhone gets
      updated as soon as Apple releases newer one. I am seeing the same
      patter of failure that happening with Microsoft is looming around
      Google. Because the Device Manufacturers and Carriers will control
      the updates/upgrades. Period. Where as in the case of iPhone it is only
      one, i.e. Apple. Period. That is the main reason behind iPhone's
      success. Google and Microsoft have to wake up and fix the
      issueDevice Makers and Carriers. Until this issue is fixed, no matter of
      how fancy the UI and how many apps and how much of easier
      development exists, they can't rule the mobile world. At least in this
      poor economy, people are not ready to shelve out $$$ as soon as a
      newer version of the device/OS is released.

      Ram U