Not This Again?

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The debate that started when time began (at least it seems) ios vs Android, many a night have a sat listening to friends argue over why one is better than the other and that the other person is stupid for not thinking the same, and I’ve got to be honest I’m a little tired of it.

The debate for me has always been a little tedious anyway, because really it’s not about which one is ‘better’ it’s simply a question of what you prefer. So let’s strip it back to the fundamental choice, open or closed source.

For those of you who don’t know, open source means the source code is available on a universal level. The idea is that by being open to everyone the software will be a mass collaboration that is constantly improved, fixed, and updated. In practice for the consumer this means that if they want to change or add something in the software on their phone and know how, they can.

Closed source, in the most basic of terms just means the company that owns the software reserves the right to update/modify their software.

I come at this from someone who was raised using a PC so naturally I tend to go for Android. I’m just used to it; I’m used to being able to choose what I want to do with my device and then changing it to make it happen. What I’m trying to get at though is that the choice between the two isn’t about which one is better, they both have good and bad bits, It’s about what you prefer to use and are comfortable with.

References: http://info.nsiserv.com/network-support-computer-services-CT/bid/29956/Comparison-between-open-source-and-closed-source-software

 

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2 thoughts on “Not This Again?

  1. Clancy Carr

    Haha, reminds me of my post for this week: https://carroftheoverflow.wordpress.com/2016/09/11/apple-google-never-heard-of-them/

    And as purposefully melodramatic as it sounds, this article prompts you to ‘choose your religion’ between the two ecosystems; this IS a big deal to your personal life. The architecture of your personal device shapes everything about the way you interact with the world with it.
    http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/26/5845138/choose-your-religion-iphone-or-android

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  2. liv tartaro

    I personally am an apple user and have always preferred the simplicity of these devices. However, I find that apple devices tend to hold some sort of reign over any other software and it is the more popular option to purchase an apple device. In high school i remember people would screw their nose up at anything that wasnt an apple device. Little did they know that there is more accessibility and flexibility with android devices. Awesome post!

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