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Snippet: Ditching the iPhone for Android N ☇

Shared on May 21, 2016

Ry Crist for CNET:

These are the sorts of tangible upgrades that keep today’s phones feeling fresh. Android N’s focus on VR seems like a smart bet, and Instant Apps looks like the next big step for the mobile web. I was most impressed with what I saw from the new Google Assistant, with conversational intelligence that sits right at the forefront of where we’re at with voice-powered AI. Those are all things I want to experience and be a part of.

I certainly can’t disagree with his rationale that new things over at Google are exciting, especially for those that love to tinker with technology. That being said, a narrative has started to develop that the iPhone needs feature x or else it’s done for and miles behind what is happening with Android. While there certainly are pain points in iOS, it gets out of the way and Apple slowly increments. Although Android N does have some impressive features, a lot of the very early items still feel like the gimmicks that Samsung introduced in the past and sent the tech press in an anti-iPhone spiral.

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