Get this, to witness the plundered OS that is one big advertisement, Android, I borrowed a friend’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. After asking permission to download apps from the friend I borrowed the tablet from, something Google does reluctantly when snatching information for advertising, I tried to order a pizza from Piccolo on my favorite food app, Grubhub.
Grubhub has 17,000 eateries in more than 400 cities, launching its Android app in Oct of 2010.
Normally on the tightly controlled, well administered iOS ordering a pizza happens at the speed of the network, the system, and the pizza driver. But, I tried Droid. Like my last little bean, Droid didn’t want to cooperate. I couldn’t use my coupon, a store credit not yummy rummy, because Droid gave me no option to choose it or check out, then refused to respond when I touched it, took me back a page without a command, then cleverly covered its tracks by wiping out my transcript with customer service.
I finally got my order in. After an hour. Making Droid do its job. Yes, he honored the coupon. But by then Piccolo’s had closed. So I got Volare. Cheesy, greasy and filling. But not Piccolo.
And Androids not Apple.
Is this marketing strategy of free working? According to a research report released Jan 7th 2013 by ABI, the iPad accounted for 75% of the tablet app download market, while Android had 17%. But, Droid is leading in phone app downloads, 58% to 33%.
Aapo Markkanen of ABI said this, “Arguably the most pressing issue for Google is how much of this handset momentum will ultimately trickle down to tablets, where Apple is holding the fort remarkably well. We would argue that in this context Google will actually benefit from the efforts by Amazon, since the presence of Kindle Fire adds a lot of critical “code mass” to Androids proposition as a platform for tablet applications.
He finished by adding, “It is worth remembering that Android’s so-called fragmentation problem isn’t only a problem, but that it has a certain upside as well.”
So for now, till the java coders can get it under control, order your pizza from the iOS Grubhub app. You’ll get it faster. If you have to, use your iPhone. That’s how I typed this. The word processing software on Galaxy, Polaris, didn’t respond to my touch.
I’m starting to think Droid’s got it in for me!