Just a couple of months ago long time financial whizz kid, BlackBerry stalwart and CrackBerry fixture Chris Umiastowski caused uproar over at CB with his declaration that he was moving away from BlackBerry and onto Android.
Well, he claimed that he just couldn’t live without Google Services, a problem which we covered in a fair and balanced fashion in our article of June 13th Umigate – Why Chris Talks Crap, which, unfortunately, he did. Let’s remind ourselves of what Chris had to say at the time:
‘As much as I love BlackBerry 10, these apps have collectively become more important to me than the overall OS. In other words I’m willing to deal with a poorer OS experience to have access to these apps.
So I have to wonder what it would take for BlackBerry to just sign a deal with Google to have access to the Play store and all of the awesome Google apps inside it.
Why not make it happen? What’s stopping it?
In the mean time I am dealing with Android. There’s no other way to put it. The multitasking is slow. The keyboard is weak (even with Swiftkey installed), the native email app is horrible, and I find that it’s overall just a pain in the ass to get things done inside of Android.’
Yes, without going too much over old ground, Chris was claiming that the BB10 experience was vastly superior, but he couldn’t live without those Google Services.
His argument was then seen to be pants but there you go.
Interesting then to see Chris suddenly pop up at iMore, the Mobile Nations home of the terminally bewildered band of iPhonians still desperately clinging to the past with this little gem:
Come iPhone 6 Launch Time, Samsung Will Lose My Business To Apple
Woah! After only 2 months?
Or is it?
Because after rattling on about how great it is that Apple are bringing out a bigger iPhone Chris hits us with his reasonings as to why he will be ditching his SG4 for the amazing iPhone 6:
Now let’s look at the world outside of Apple. Read comments on any Apple fan site and you’ll see that people have been wanting a larger iPhone for quite some time. Some of these people are sticking with Samsung or other Android phone vendors because of screen size, despite believing that iOS is better. Apple is likely to win over some of these customers with a larger form factor (or form factors).
I’m a good example of this. After being a BlackBerry user for about 13 years I made the switch to Android about one year ago. I currently use the Galaxy S4 as my primary phone. Although I have always hated the complexity of the Android OS, I have fallen in love with the drastically improved app store and built-in Google services. Oh, and I admit I’m a big fan of the 5-inch screen size. But I much prefer iOS to Android. When I pick up my wife’s iPhone or our iPad Mini I find them so much simpler and more enjoyable to use.
Come iPhone 6 launch time, Samsung will lose my business to Apple. I’ll finally be able to have the large screen, enormous selection of apps and the best of what Apple and Google have to offer in one phone.
Will I go for the 4.7-inch or the 5.5-inch iPhone? Personally I’ll probably stick with the smaller version. My Galaxy S4 is already borderline too big to hold comfortably in one hand or put in my pocket. But that’s just me. Women who carry a purse might love the 5.5″ as might men who wear a suit and can comfortably tuck their phone away in the inside breast pocket.
Let’s just look at that one again:
After being a BlackBerry user for about 13 years I made the switch to Android about one year ago.
Hmm. Not quite the impression Chris gave back in June. At the time he said ‘several months ago’, factually correct I am sure, but I bet had the good folks at CrackBerry known that several months actually meant 10 or 11 months (which meant Chris dumped BB10 somewhere around 10.0 to 10.1) then their anger would have been even further fueled, particularly since Chris was still busy posting away in the guise as a BlackBerry fan (whether intentional or not) on CrackBerry as if he actually cared as a user. Which he so obviously didn’t.
Still, like all good ex-BlackBerry people, he realises that Android is old and slow. But, like many others, he can’t bring himself yet to come #BackToBlack (don’t blame him after so publicly decrying BlackBerry 10) so the solution is, of course, the only other option, to join the downward spiral that is iPhonia.
Unfortunately I have bad news for him in the form of this recent article from Fast Company
WITH IOS 8, APPLE HOPES TO LIMIT GOOGLE’S PRESENCE ON YOUR IPHONE
Oh, goodness me! It can’t be true, surely?
Yes, Apple have had enough of helping Google out so they are slowly but surely forcing users back into Apple World. A world where:
In iOS 8, when you’re in iMessages, one of the more compelling new features is the ability to share your location with friends with a self-destruct timer a la Glympse, the ephemeral location-sharing app. The catch is you’re defaulted to using–you guessed it–Apple Maps. It’s a deeper level of integration within the iPhone that Google Maps simply doesn’t reach.
There are other examples pointing to an Apple ecosystem attempting to minimize Google’s presence in subtle ways: Apple now allows DuckDuckGo as the default search platform within mobile Safari, which, interestingly, doesn’t track a user’s footprint across the web like Google does. Spotlight on your phone can now pull up news and results from places nearby from Apple Maps and Yelp. And Siri even steals Google Now’s hands-free input–just say, “Listen, Siri.”
Indeed, Apple has always given preferential treatment to its own applications–so the fact that opening a link inside a Mail message kicks you over to Safari should hardly come as a surprise. But when Apple unceremoniously gave Google Maps the boot as its default mapping application and removed YouTube (ostensibly as part of Steve Jobs’s “thermonuclear war” on Android), it has been on a mission to phase Google out of its homescreen entirely. With iOS 8, the company merely takes things one step further.
Your move, Google.
So, Apple are pretty fed up with being a carrier for Google Services and are phasing them out as quickly as possible – first step, hide them.
Still, I’m sure that Chris will enjoy every minute of that terrible battery life and appalling antenna in place of that crappy slow lag ridden old malware ridden Android OS.
At least he’s gotten used to pressing dur… big… clunky… button at… dur bottom… to get around.
The truth of it is that Chris is just like many, many other ex-BlackBerrians – they left because it wasn’t trendy and just can’t find anything to do what their BlackBerry did. It’s an itch that just won’t go away – nagging at you that surely there is something better than this?
Yep. There is.
It’s what you left in the first place.
Poor old Chris, he really is learning the hard way.
Still, at least he got one supportive comment on his iMore article:
You won’t regret it, Umi. I finally put my BlackBerry away in June. I could not be happier and more satisfied with my choice of phone. No bricking, no nuking, no rebooting….all the apps I want and need on a dependable, high quality device. Stellar, effortless support.
I only wish I’d done it earlier. When I think of all the aggravations of the last few years dealing with BlackBerry’s drama, I kick myself for waiting so long.
Oh dear. The level of iGnorance is strong…
Chris will be #BackToBlack soon enough and I look forward to the day. In the meantime, I suppose there’s just one question left…
Why wasn’t his article posted on Android Central?