Android 11 … It’s Complicated (Premium)


Google is taking Android to 11 in the latest release, but there’s no real excitement or major new features to discuss, just continued evolution. No, that’s not always a bad thing, and there’s something to be said for a calming hand on the rudder. But with Apple really revving the user experience in iOS 14, it’s kind of sobering to see how little is changing with Android 11, at least from a user experience perspective.

This is particularly problematic for me for a few reasons. Generally speaking, I prefer Android to iOS and by a wide margin. But with Apple finally starting to chip away at some years-old annoyances, it’s eliminating some key Android advantages, and damn does iOS 14 looks great and make Apple’s more privacy-protective platform all the more compelling. On the flipside, there’s little iOS 14 can do to solve Android advantage in hardware choice. And let’s face it, the current iOS flagship, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, is still a brick of a device. It’s just too heavy and awkward.

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