Here we are in the 21st century and people are still fighting the same old battles. Back in the day it was Windows vs. Mac. Decades later it’s Android vs. iPhone. Same old, same old.
Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.
History can be rewritten (to the victors, go the spoils), but history is quickly forgotten. These days, the big battle is between Google’s Android OS, running on about 80-percent or more of the world’s so-called smartphones, and Apple’s iPhone, which makes up the majority of the rest.
Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes.
Android vs. iPhone is exactly like Windows vs. Mac in almost every way except one. Profits. Android does not bring much in the way of profits to Android smartphone manufacturers, while Apple takes over 90-percent of the industry’s profits with the iPhone.
It’s also not a true Apple to apples comparison. Why not? Android is an operating system given to masses of smartphone makers for free. The iPhone is a smartphone that competes with those Android devices.
Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it.
How is that not exactly like Windows vs. Mac? Microsoft made sure Windows was available on all manufacturers’ PCs, while the Mac competed with all those devices but was and remains clearly differentiated by OS X.
Funny thing. And it’s a true story, Android’s record with security is about the same as Windows record of security, while iPhone has actually improved security for customers above and beyond the Mac (which remains more secure than Windows PCs).
Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them.
I laugh when I read lame comparisons in digital technology rags that compare mobile device security between Android OS devices and iPhones. The differences actually are laughable, but according to industry know-it-alls there’s not much of a contest going on in the enterprise these days.
Gartner’s Dionisio Zumerle:
The majority of enterprises still feel it is easier for them to secure their enterprise data on the iOS platform
Conner Forrest in ZDNet:
That may be the case now, but it could change over the next year or two, depending on the trajectory of the two companies’ mobile strategies. The real winners in all this are the users, who will continue to benefit from enhanced security as Apple and Google seek to stay ahead of continuing threats.
Sure, Apple’s position could change. People could stop buying iPhones day after tomorrow. Apple is a moving target that has implemented plenty of security functionality into iOS 9.x, now running on nearly 90-percent of iOS devices. Meanwhile, Android keeps pace with increased security functionality on the latest version of Android, now running on more than 10-percent of Android devices.
The vast majority of devices running the remaining nearly 90-percent or so cannot even be upgraded to the latest Android version. Enterprise fare somewhat better because security is a greater consideration for business users than the general public.
Those who do not know history’s mistakes are doomed to repeat them.
The mistakes Google is making with Android are much the same mistakes that Microsoft made with Windows. Old versions of Windows still dominate, which leaves Windows customers at greater security risk than those who use newer versions. That’s not the same as the Mac and OS X which enjoys lower total cost of ownership, and better security.
Let me repeat this:
The real winners in all this are the users,
He’s talking about Android and iPhone users as if both are so good that all customers are winners. No they’re not. iPhone customers are winners. Anyone in the enterprise using anything but the latest version of Android is not a winner. The latest–Marshmallow– makes up about 25-percent of all enterprise users, and my math tells me that 75-percent are not winners.