How Apple (yes, Apple!) could revive Android's missed opportunity

Accumulate ‘spherical, gang, ‘purpose Granpappy Writerman’s were given a saucy little tale to percentage.

The opposite day, y’see, I used to be sitting and gazing my visual display unit — as one does — when a web page got here alongside that made my mouth cross agape. Agape, I let you know. Agape! And it wasn’t simply because it used to be dangerously on the subject of lunch time and I detected the odor of hoagie within the air (regardless that if we are being totally truthful, that may’ve had one thing to do with it).

No, siree — the principle explanation why used to be that I had stumbled onto an respectable Google announcement of a posh new telephone widget for its Footage provider…on iOS.

Now, let me remind you: Google Footage has been out there on Android for 5 years. That implies Google has had 5 years through which it might have created and presented a in a similar way pretty widget for the ones people the use of that platform — its personal forkin’ platform, should you’ve forgotten, and the preferred computing platform on the earth — and but, whaddya get whilst you attempt to discover a Footage widgets on Android presently?

I will inform ya what: bupkis. Nada. Nothin’ in any respect, except for for possibly an implied “eff you” urged through the absence of any Footage widget, 5 years and working — whilst the iOS model used to be proudly introduced simply weeks after that working gadget added widget toughen onto its checklist of options.

The iOS Footage widget appears to be like great — as does the also-not-available-on-Android new “fresh songs” widget for YouTube Track, to not point out the extra-spiffy new multifunction seek widget added into the iOS Google app — however that is not even the purpose or the reason for my aforementioned mouth-hole agapery (howdy, if Google can do all of this, then I will be able to invent a phrase, rattling it). The true factor is that Google has all however given up at the concept of widgets for Android.

However possibly, simply possibly, with Apple now supporting widgets for the primary time and Google galloping over itself to churn out high quality choices in that area, there is a likelihood that would trade.

The Android widget about-face

It is simple to put out of your mind now, however widgets have been as soon as crucial a part of Android. They have been a core piece of the Android puzzle because the platform’s earliest days, actually, all of the long ago within the historical Android 1.zero technology of 2008.

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