Cross Platform, as it is being used here, refers to the ability to use an Android phone with its applications in a Mac environment. New applications always seem to come out for both Android and IOS making them cross platform. These apps can sync with your Mac and other devices. However, a number of high quality, older apps often do not port to Android. They might not feel there is money in such an undertaking or that it is too costly.
Further, most apps, especially of a high quality, all come out for the Apple environment first. Eventually you might see the odd one in the Android environment. Since our tools are all about the software that enables them, it’s important to have the right platform. At the moment, that is generally IOS but there are some limitations.
Cross Platform increases Choice
Using IOS means using Apple. Apple’s iPhones are high quality but they are expensive although that has changed somewhat. You still though are in to Apple’s ecosystem and their hardware.
Being able to use Android opens up a wealth of hardware options and user interfaces. Further, you have price differentiation broader than Apple can offer. However, if you don’t have the applications you need to do your work this choice is a detriment.
Software as the Driver of our Devices
Software is what enables us to do our work. If a certain set of software allows you to work effectively and efficiently that is what to use. This powers your workflow.
A solid example of this is Omnifocus which has been around for over ten years. People have invested many ours in learning how it works and have become quite accustomed to its workflow. The Omnigroup has no intention of porting this to Android. If you’ve use this software effectively for any number of years to give it up is possible for something out but it might be too much of a loss of productivity. Learning goes with it a cost.
DEVONthink, another highly regarded Notetaking app, is also only Apple and will never port to Android. There are a number of alternatives however, DEVONthink is considered one of the most power information/knowledge managers. Again it has been around for a number of years and if you learn its ins and outs you can be highly productive. Giving this up for an Android would probably, in the long run, be a mistake.
Then there are no, very innovative apps that appear on IOS first and maybe Android but maybe not. You might be cutting yourself out of a workflow that could be beneficial.
Cross Platform is essential but It’s not there Yet
Apple simply has too much power. Since applications are the drivers of what devices we use, the more software equally available on Android and IOS the more competitive the environment. Of course Apple doesn’t want this. However, an unbridled Apple could lead to power mismanagement which likely going on right now.
What does Apple really do for the North American economy when they build everything offshore. Their phones only five years ago cost $700-$800 Canadian. Now they are $1400 to $1550 at the top end. This is crazy for a phone. On top of that they encourage you scrap your phone yearly.
Cross platform does more than just dissipate the concentration of power. It involves choice of design. Possibly the iPhone design just doesn’t suit you. However, you to maintain your workflow will have to use an Apple product.
Cross Platform is getting there but There are too Many Deficiencies
Unfortunately, for many case scenarios cross platform isn’t there yet. Breaking out of the Apple ecosystem is very difficult the more you use Apple equipment. The concentration of wealth and power is not good for society, developers or users.
Greed promotes this. Apple might say they just want to give you a good product but their actions speak volumes. They want to control you in your use of a product from beginning to end. It’s your product but at times you’ll wonder if it is.
Robust cross platform is coming. It keeps growing. Android manufacturers have to be careful though. They cannot charge what Apple does as they can’t provide what Apple provides yet. The phones can be excellent but not if they’re priced the same as an iPhone. They’ll just give the whole market to Apple. At that point governments will have to step in and split Apple up and put restrictions on the company. If this does not happen the outcomes are too scary to ponder.