Google’s embarrassing demo: iPad vs. Android device (with video)

Robert Evans reports for I4U News, “Just a few moments ago at the Google I/O the demonstration team encountered one of the more embarrassing problems in modern tech presentation memory. An iPad and a Google Android phone were set up side-by-side to display the loading of a new application. While the iPad populated and loaded quickly, the Android phone was less successful.”

MacDailyNews Note: The fun starts at 1:40:27:

Direct link to video via YouTube here.

MacDailyNews Take: Smirk. It’s not just the Wi-Fi issue, either; note the user experience and the responsiveness. That app looks like Microsoft made it, only worse.

BTW, nice “solution” to entering numbers; God forbid you have a heart attack, you’d be dead before you could get 9-1-1 into the thing. wink

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Steven M.” for the heads up.]


  1. I have an Ipad and I get dropped connections all the time at home when the wireless router is just a few feets away. Should I then conclude that the Ipad is a cheap device? No, of course. You are not achieving anything by burying your head in the sand and pretend that competitor aren’t doing a good job and innovating. I think there are more to report on the google I/O that this. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Wow, they have NO idea how to create a user interface! even on the ipad the buttons for paging are way too small.
    Google might have some clever engineers but no one knows how to create a gui ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  3. While I do agree with the user interface point, they do have a legitimate argument regarding the wifi. A bit before that they were touting the ability of the Android phone to act as a portable wifi hotspot from 3G. That is actually what the iPad was connected to, the phones portable hotspot. You can see after they go into the wifi settings a list of all the devices connected to the phone via wifi. It is an awfully large list of them and the phones processor, considering it is nothing like Apple’s custom one, is likely extremely taxed. Not gonna say this wasn’t a huge gaffe on Google’s part, but it is understandable why they might be experiencing some wifi issues.

    On the other hand, that UI is awful. Holding the button for numbers. Ugh.

  4. And yet the audience clapped in approval once it worked. Go Android! Nice how iPad handled it effortlessly.

    Proves that people still like to have a bad user experience. What the name of that syndrome again?

  5. soooo, let me get this right…it took quite awhile for the Android phone to get it’s act together. The blame was placed on the overloaded wifi. The expense item was finally to the iPad which displayed it immediately. The manager typed in his response. Does that mean managers get the iPad and others get the Android phone? The reply was immediate in getting back to the Android phone where the whole excruciating exercise in user experience is replayed. What a mess. We know what an iPhone to iPad and back experience would have been like. Perhaps they should have tried that. Oooops, Eric the Mole wanted to showcase the Android phone and he did!

  6. If an Apple developer left Steve Jobs hanging like that, the developers job would be in greater jeopardy than the dude that lost his prototype iPhone at the beer garden.

    Undoubtedly, Ballmer is saying to himself, “we (Microsoft) need to hire quality talent like that.”

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