The Smartphone App Wars Are Over, and Apple Won

Tech

Every month or two, I perform a little ritual: I remove the SIM card from whatever phone I’m using at the moment and pop it into a different model. My goal is to get plenty of hands-on experience with all the major mobile platforms — a mandatory qualification for anyone in my line of work, as far as I’m concerned.

Whenever I land back on Android, as I did when I switched from my iPhone 5 to an HTC One this week, I’m reminded of the things I like about Google’s mobile operating system. It’s far more customizable than iOS, letting me do things such as opting for a third-party keyboard like Swype. It’s neatly integrated with Google services such as Gmail and Google Maps. Its overall level of polish, once so crude, is now at least in the same ZIP code as iOS.

But…

Actually depending on Android…

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