Apple vs. Android

There are currently a number of tensions between that of ‘free-flowing’ digital content as such, and those known as ‘locked appliances’. The most relevant example that I could locate of this notion lies with Apple and Android smartphones.

Now, as a manufacturer of iPads, iPods, iPhones etc., Apple only allow for downloads of apps that they approve, resulting in complete control over the user and associated downloaded content – a definite locked appliance.

Android however, is a free-flowing platform which allows for absolute consumer customisation, allowing them to engage with content that is not solely limited to the device.

This idea is supported by an article by J. Zittrain in 2008, stating that Apple has the ability to change its functionality through “remote updates” to ensure complete control of users. As a fond user of Apple myself, I was not at all aware of the extent of these restrictions, however I remain relatively unfazed as personally, I feel as though I still have access to everything I need and want to. However, I cannot speak on behalf of the millions of other Apple users among us who may, upon reading this, feel constricted.


2 thoughts on “Apple vs. Android

  1. Hi Kate, I would just like to say that your blog post was really interesting, I loved how you used the example of apple vs android as it is the technology that most people use every day. I loved how you related to yourself and based it off your own personal experience this helped me engage with the post more, as I am also an avid believer in Apple products.
    Consider this article, it provides arguments for both platforms and explains why each product is beneficial in its own way. Otherwise really great work!


  2. Hello Kate,
    I think this blog post has a lot of potential interns of the content and you have academic source to support your idea. to compare ios and android should take us quite a while and i believe that 150 words are simply not enough. Do you suggest that it’s just the matter of choice and priority when it comes to choosing between the two platforms? these platforms were created based on different ideologies. To thoroughly compare the two and to pick which one is better is rather impossible because the fundamentals are basically not the same.
    Hopefully you find my comment helpful.

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