Where I am gainfully employed about half the staff are iPhone users, the other half own Android smartphones. Debates occur here and there but even the Android crowd seems to be in something of a divide.
There are the average Android smartphone users who just want a decent phone that does email, texting, browsing, has an OK camera, and can connect to Facebook and Instagram. They’re not the vocal bells and whistles crowd. The smaller minority of Android folk debate the intricacies ad nauseam, including which apps Apple should make for Android phones.
All About Hardware
What most anti-iPhone Android-toting members of geekdom don’t seem to realize is that Apple is a hardware company, and software goes along for the ride. To. Sell. Hardware. And while a few of the Android folks I know also have Macs and other Apple products, the rule is basic. All Apple or something else.
Michael Simon came up with a list of half a dozen applications Apple needs to make for Android. The problem with most on the list is simple. They won’t help Apple sell more hardware. With one obvious exception, of course.
AirPort Utility – most of us who use Apple’s various AirPort devices love them because they’re truly set it and forgetaboutit, but there’s not much money in Wi-Fi devices, and newer ones, particularly the mesh routers, are about as easy. Besides, Apple has said buh-bye to AirPort.
Remote – the argument for Apple to make a remote app for Android users is anemic. There’s already a hardware remote, so why bother? I use the hardware remote or the one on my Watch, but seldom the remote app on my iPhone. Besides, if you’re an Android user and own an Apple TV then Apple already has all the money they need from you for that device.
TV – TV is the new television search app for Apple TV. It’s a good reason for Android smartphone users to switch to an iPhone. Again, hardware is the game. If an Android-toting creature has an Apple TV then have Siri do the searching for you.
iCloud Drive – I laughed when I read this. Getting iCloud Drive’s free 5MB of storage is easy enough, but– and I don’t know how many times I need to say this– hardware. What’s Apple’s incentive to create an Android App so a non-iPhone user can use Apple’s already free online storage service?
FaceTime – One word: Skype. FaceTime only works between Apple’s devices, despite what Steve Jobs said before he died about open source and cross platform et al. How does a FaceTime app for Android OS help Apple to sell more iPhones?
Messages – I’m on the fence here. Android users seem to love what Apple did with Messages and Google doesn’t have an answer that competes. Who cares? Apple won’t sell more iPhones with an Android version of Messages, and there is so much fragmentation going on in the personal messaging and text messaging arena anyway that it’s easy to see why Apple wouldn’t bother (Signal, WhatsApp, WeChat, Wire, and dozens of others all muddy the water). If an Android smartphone user has Messages envy then they know what to do.
So, why does Apple have an Android Apple Music app? For the same reason there is iTunes for Windows. Money.
In the end, that’s what it’s all about. Apple doesn’t make a bunch of the apps on Simon’s list because money.