I’ve been mucking about with Android on my 2nd hand G1 for a while now, and whilst I do like it from many perspectives it is a very different experience than that of iOS devices.
I think it is only fair to say that there simply aren’t the number of music apps available for Android as there are for iOS devices, and in many ways the state of mobile music for Android reminds of where iOS was about 2 years ago. There’s some good stuff, and there’s some toy music apps too.
I think that Android has a lot of possibilities. The fact that it is open and people are doing some really interesting stuff like App Inventor and Catroid.
But I do think that one of the primary differences is the metaphor used by each OS. iOS is like a desk and Android is like a workbench. There’s nothing wrong with either metaphor, but it does take a while to get used to one when you’ve become very used to working with the other.
Essentially though I think that this use of metaphor by mobile OS’s is a good thing. Who would want to be presented with essentially the same working environment irrespective of OS?
Going back to Android, I’ve got used to how things work in the OS and once you get used to it everything makes sense. My biggest issue is with the lack of simple discovery tools for apps, but then that can easily be said of iOS these days.
I do like the openness of Android. I like that just about anyone can use App Inventor for making their own apps, I think that’ll be a lot of fun for a lot of people who maybe wouldn’t have made their own stuff for a mobile device before. However it is probably going to create a lot more junk in the marketplace when Google get around to allowing people to put their App Inventor creations there.
I also think that Processing for Android will bring some really interesting apps over time, especially as Processing brings Android development more and more into the core of Processing.
I don’t want to talk about one OS winning over another in the post, or in fact at all. I think that there’s more than enough room for both, and more to exist for mobile music.
I’m looking forward to doing more with my G1 and I might even get a tablet when the market settles. I like Android, and as time goes on it continues to grow on me.
For the time being it isn’t going to be a major mobile music platform, but it has a lot of potential, and I hope to see some of this realised over the coming months.