Throughout recent history, technology companies have waged war on each other with no apologies. Whether it be video games, personal computers, smartphones or TV’s; fierce competition drives technology companies forward. It’s this competition that makes technology one of the fastest growing sectors in the business world. Apple vs Android brings to mind some of the video game console battles of recent past.
In the early 90’s it was Nintendo vs Sega. Did you prefer the cute and cartoonish Mario or the sharp, slightly more aggressive Sonic The Hedgehog? Although I was partial to Sega, Nintendo certainly won that battle. That was thanks in large part to the somewhat surprising fall of the Sega Dreamcast.
Playstation vs Xbox is a battle that continues to rage on to this day. Xbox gets the edge in online play but you have to pay for it. Playstation has always had slightly better graphics but less dedicated game titles. My money is on Playstation to take the edge in this battle, but it may be one that never ends.
The current Apple vs Android struggle is most reminiscent of the Apple vs Microsoft battle in the mid 90’s. Steve Jobs had a late return to Apple and gave Microsoft time to take the edge in that battle. I expect the same thing to happen in the present day battle of Apple vs Android. The sad truth is, without Steve Jobs, Apple loses the majority of their innovative inspiration. It’s hard to maintain that kind of consistency in the tech world.
When Steve Jobs left Apple in 1985 the company went into a tailspin. When Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 the company started its journey back to the top of the mountain. The iPod, iPhone and iPad are three of the most revolutionary pieces of technology the world has ever seen. They brought an artistic spin to normally rigid devices. But with Steve Jobs’ tragic passing, the stage is set for Android to take their place atop the mountain and be crowned the winner of the Apple vs Android debate once and for all.