Which operating system is best suited to a consumer for their mobile devices?
Vinod Unny: Yes, I agree that the Hybrid model is what works right now - but supporting different types of devices by a corporate is a pain. Support, personnel, infra all need to be maintained for these devices. However, having a single homogenous model that is supported by a corp. saves time and cost in troubleshooting issues across systems.
Mastufa Ahmed: For an enterprise, an integrated solution makes more sense than anything else, as Vinod Unny pointed out.
Divya Khurana: Hybrid coz of BYOD. Else, Windows preferred over BlackBerry coz of easy compatibility b/w various devices.
Binesh Kutty: See that’s the thing Vinod. An all Windows eco-system is “ideal” to have. But the reality is that in a BYOD scenario, corps will have a variety of devices and OSes. So, the solution that needs to be implemented has to be one that supports BYOD -- and I am sure soon enough we’ll see progress in ease of maintenance and support for BYOD in a mixed devices and OSes scenario.
Vinod Unny: Binesh, I agree that BYOD is something that is happening - What I’m also saying is that it puts an additional burden on the IT infra/implementation of an organization to support nonstandardized equipment. When you throw in non-standard devices like the many Android ones available, it becomes a nightmare to maintain and support. My take on this is that corporate would actually prefer to NOT have BYOD in the long term - rather have standardized stuff - hardware/ software all across as much as possible. By that I DO NOT mean a Windows world. What I mean is standardized BY the company. For example it could be Linux boxes across the entire system. However BYOD throws a spanner in the works of even this. I’m actually going to be interested to see what Windows 8 does in this ecosystem. After all, Win8 devices can be managed in a corp. environment w/o any additional requirements for the IT staff. So if people want to BTOD running Win8, integrating it into the corp. should be much, much easier than doing it for iOS and especially Android devices.
Sanjay Vyas: I can get an Android phone for as low as INR 5000. Is the enterprise going to buy me a Lumia 820/920 which costs around 30-40K? Same with Win8 tablets... I can get an Android tablet for 7-10K. If the enterprise is going to supply its workforce with WP8 Lumias and Win8 surface, I dont see why the workforce would have a problem but if they expect people to buy then as part of BYOD, I dont think it will fly. Even today, companies which provide BB.. people have 2 phones (BB just for office mails and iPhone/Android for the rest). Isn’t that a waste when people want to use a device of their choice?
Vinod Unny: Sanjay, I’m talking about the BYOD devices. So if you buy a 5k phone and expect the company to support it, I don’t think any company would like to. If a BYOD device is already capable of integration into the *existing* infrastructure, then its fine. Otherwise use the machine that the comapny gives you (desktop/notebook), and don’t expect then to support your device. Which is why in saying that in the long run, for people who want their devices also supported by the company, a Windows solution makes sense.
PCQuest: So, did a single app or feature drive you, as a consumer, to buy a device for yourself? BBM for instance.
Hoshiediar Ghaswalla: Prasanto K Roy
- Hope u saw this video
Siddiqui Rashid: Alok sir, Wow!!!!
Siddiqui Rashid: I have ios6/iphone4s and can’t imagine living without it. My view -> it’s more of people’s familiarity+bonding for a kind of product. Mobiles are the devices interacting most to humans, even more than rest humans!!!
PCQuest: Siddiqui Rashid: So, will familiarity + bonding with Apple iOS drive you to buy an iPad, as opposed to an Android or Windows
Binesh Kutty: I picked up the iPad a few months after its launch. It was more of a convenience, functionality, and performance choice for me, than aspiration. I pick Android phones (had a Motorola Droid and have a Samsung Galaxy) because of the flexibility the OS offers (and mainly the number of free apps). That said, Apps on iOS are more refined and I haven’t regretted buying a single app from there. I have been disappointed with even paid apps on Android :-S
Gurvinder P Singh: Listening to both sides of this story...I will go with the inference drawn by Alok and Abhishek.....it is the usability and a particular use case for an individual which will decide in coming months, in terms of the technology/platform adoption. How well these technologies can integrate with each other, not only within their own ecosystem but also outside of it will decide, how people will react. Around 5 yrs back the only ecosystem that integrated well was iOS and Apple built devices that integrate perfectly well for most of the use cases. However, with more options coming in the next 6-8 months, it will be interesting to see how the closed and open ecosystems will react. With iPhone5 release ...the so called Apple design innovation has gone tremendously down, which I will blame it to the egoistic fight with Samsung and Google. Having said that, as an individual I would like to use best of the breed devices which will integrate well and improve my business and personal outcomes.
Srini Viswanathan: Binesh Kutty well made video, kudos for the effort
Srini Viswanathan: I agree with Gurvinder, I think that innovation on iPhone has gone down a lot. Also, in line with what you said, I never felt iOS was an ecosystem accepting external ecosystems such as windows or android. From such a perspective, as a consumer, for me...See More
Sanjay Vyas: Srini... Not only the lightening connection makes older adapter obsolete, it incorporates a chip which makes 3rd party (inexpensive) connector impossible (at least without royalty). These cost $30 to $40 which is unfair to consumers who would like to have multiple chargers (at home, office or in the car).
Srini Viswanathan: True Sanjay which is
why I use Android
The trend today suggests iOS is the most popular choice. The reasons are: device design,
existence of very rich app store, and a very large amount of content — whether it’s educational, recreational,