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A Montreal based full-stack web developer who loves learning and trying out new things. This blog is my attempt to document my work as well as a place to discuss ideas or topics that I find interesting. Feel free to follow me on linked social networks.

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Jump to Android?

With the recent release of the Nexus 5, I've been really tempted to make the jump to Android. Google seems to be doing a really good job of competing with Apple by releasing their newest phone at half the price. There are two main concerns I have with switching to android from iOS.

iMessage

With most of my friends and family using iPhones, most of my messaging is in blue instead of green. By switching to Android, I would be losing that convenience. However, with the release of KitKat, they seemed to have integrated hangouts into their SMS app. And hangouts is basically my second most used IM protocol. And with the habgouts app on iOS, I still still get to communicate with all my iPhone friends!

Screen Size

I don't know why, but it seems people like having big phones. I feel like every new phone that comes out is thinner but larger then the previous model. And people like it. It baffles my mind. How can anyone enjoy holding a pad of paper up to their ear. Now with the rumors that the iPhone 6 will most probably be joining the large screen party, the jump to a larger phone is no longer avoidable.

There's not doubting that the top two smartphones on the market today are either running Android or iOS. The only difference is, Android devices offer different flavors of the OS depending on the device. And the reason for this is while Android is open source, Google has been keeping it's cooler features for it's own hardware and left it up to the other Android adopters to implement their own flavors of the functionality. And it seems this will be extremely obvious in the latest KitKat release on the Google Nexus 5.

Ars posted a really good article on this topic: Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary

After reading that article, it seems that the top two phones will eventually be the iPhone and Google's Nexus (as the Android flagship device). That being said, I'm still on the fence about making the switch, but I must say that this is the closest I have ever gotten to making the switch. My girlfriend was lucky enough to get an order in for the Nexus 5 on release day. I'm planing on playing around with it before I make my final decision. I will keep you guys posted on what I decide to do.

The Inevitable?

After my post about Microsoft – and how much I enjoy using their products – I began to wonder: why are so many people still using their products?

I recently read this article by Mike Elgan and am now a firm believer that it's only a matter of time before Apple and Google become the dominant parties in the industry - even though they practically are already. I think Mike's prediction of how Microsoft will eventually lose all of it's strength in the business and enterprise markets is spot-on.

As of now, only newer companies are adopting the "BYOD" concept, as the legacy companies are still depending on Microsoft products to run their companies. The bottom line is, those old-fashioned companies will eventually be forced to make the switch if Microsoft continues going down it's current path. This is due to the fact that the majority of the population uses Apple,Google or Linux based devices. And if people are no longer using Microsoft based devices for their personal use, well then why would they want to use it in their work place?

The only way for Microsoft to survive is to adapt and learn from what Apple and Google are offering their customers. Because clearly, that's what people want.