“Motorola is backtracking on comments its CEO made last week about the impact Android apps have on phone performance,” Nancy Gohring reports for IDG News Service.
“Last week, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said the openness of the Android store leads to phone performance issues because there is no approval process to make sure that apps don’t consume inordinate amounts of power or CPU. In addition, the fact that users can run many applications at once results in a performance hit, he said,” Gohring reports. “‘Android is really truly multitask so you can run 64 parallel apps at the same time,” Jha said during the conference. “That has an impact on consumer experience and we’re beginning to understand it and understand why 70% plus of devices that come back are because they’re downloading third party applications and the impact that that has on the performance of the device.’
MacDailyNews Take: Wait, you mean unapproved apps and uncontrolled multitasking aren’t good for the end users? Shocker.
Gohring reports, “A recording of his comments is available online.”
“However, Motorola now says that Jha didn’t mean to single out third party application developers as the reason for 70% of smartphone returns, according to Becki Leonard, a Motorola spokeswoman,” Gohring reports. “In a statement, Motorola points to an earlier comment from Jha where he said that 70% of smartphone returns are due to software related issues. ‘He did not state that 70% of smartphone returns was due to third-party applications, but that examples of potential contributing factors are battery life, sluggish operation and third-party applications,’ the company said in a statement.”
Gohring reports, “When asked about Jha’s recorded comment that more than 70% of returns are due to downloading third party apps, Leonard said: ‘We’re trying to clear up that was not the point he was trying to make,’ she said.”
Read more in the full article, which includes a link to Jha’s recorded comments, here.
MacDailyNews Take: Becki Leonard would be a perfect replacement for Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf.
After that exercise of backpeddling through crap, here are three actual facts:
1. Android apps, when there are iOS analogs at all, are often buggy rush-jobs that often do not contain the same features as the iOS version and they are also universally uglier.
2. This is because Android itself is a rush-job response to Apple’s revolutionary iOS and because Android users are cheapskates compared to iOS users who are, by definition, more valuable to developers. In other words, developers unsurprisingly spend more time on apps destined for the platform with the users who are proven to actually value and pay for apps: iOS.
3. Those who think Android devices come anywhere near delivering the total quality experience that any iOS device offers are deluding themselves.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “krquet” for the heads up.]