Which oper­at­ing sys­tem is best suited to a con­sumer for their mo­bile de­vices?

PCQuest - - MESSAGE BOARD -

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

8 Tab?

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,

or in­for­ma­tional.

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