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Offline keynote

Android vs. Apple product support for Genos
« on: February 14, 2018, 11:55:50 AM »
With as much attention as Apple receives from Yamaha, itís easy to forget that Android is the most popular mobile OS around the world and in the United States. Android enjoys a commanding lead over Apple's iOS with approximately 85% market share worldwide. But as we know the Genos only works with iOS devices not android devices. This is truly unfortunate and it makes you wonder why Yamaha would cut off one's nose to spite one's face? In other words, why overlook people who own android devices when in reality they make up the majority of smartphone and tablet users worldwide? The majority of people who buy the Genos are also more likely to own an android device not an iPhone or an iPad. Why prioritize one and neglect the other?

Yamaha will do what's in its best interest but in this particular case I think they missed the boat. Yamaha's decisions are negotiated from a business standpoint but not all things are considered expedient. In this instance Yamaha has alienated more than three-quarters of its consumer base. If you own an iPhone or an iPad congratulations. But to the many more people who own android devices why are they "hung out to dry" in the grand scheme of things?  Why is Yamaha catering to Apple owners exclusively? Yes, Apple products are slightly more secure than your typical android product but that gap is narrowing. Yes, people who own Apple products tend to buy more apps than android users do but there are more android users so that should make up the difference in the long run.

I guess I'll end it on that note. My words are not intended as a critique but rather as an encouragement that hopefully leads to action. It would be wonderful if Yamaha added android functionality to the Genos. What prevents them from doing so currently? In a word, nothing as far as I can tell. I'm trying to encourage Yamaha to think about that possibility especially when billions -  billions - of people own Android devices whereas Apple devices only number in the hundreds of millions worldwide. Even so, Android users are the ones left out of the equation in this particular scenario. What more can I say? I don't expect a fix to be provided in the next OS update but perhaps the one after that?? Android users would rejoice and it would be a win/win situation for Yamaha in my opinion. 

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Offline EileenL

Re: Android vs. Apple product support for Genos
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2018, 12:15:46 PM »
I asked this question some time ago now and was told it is because Apple is more secure.

Offline Roy_T

Re: Android vs. Apple product support for Genos
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2018, 12:50:03 PM »
When app authors write apps for iOS, they have only one version of operating system to be concerned with, and that is the current version of iOS, regardless of the device - iPad, iPod, iPhone, etc.  The app is pretty much guaranteed to work on any of those devices, unless there is a hardware limitation (screen size, etc.).  The Android market is a completely different scene.  Every Android device manufacturer has there own "flavor" of the Android operating system.  Some manufacturers even have different "flavors" for the various models within their own product line.  They do this to optimize the operating system for the specific chip sets in their various device models.  Needless to say, this creates an absolute nightmare for app writers.  The simpler and/or more generic the app, the better the likelihood that just one "flavor" of the app will work with most devices, but the more complex the app, and believe me, music production apps are about as complex as you can get, the greater the chance that it will not be compatible with a great number of different devices - either due to the different "flavors" of the operating system or due to the lack of sufficient standards in the different device chip sets.  So, better to provide good support for devices that offer a very good likelihood of compatibility, rather than generating a market that, by its own basic design, only offers hodge-podge compatibility.  Add to this the fact that until the last two or three years, Android devices suffered horribly from latency, when it comes to music production apps.  I have four tablets.  A full sized iPad-3, a full sized Samsung Android, an 8 inch HiSense Android, and a 7 inch RCA Android.  I have a full set of music production apps for the iPad, but just a few for the Samsung, and of those, only about half will run on the HiSense, and none of them will run on the RCA - due either to OS "flavor" or hardware chip set compatibility issues.  Yet, ALL of those Android music apps that run on the Samsung DO run just fine on my little Android smart-phone.  Yes!  Android has improved enormously for music production in the past couple of years, but it still has a long, long, long, long way to go to catch up with the iOS market.

Then there is the question of peripheral support.  Run down to your local big box store to see about connecting your iOS device to the outside world.  You will have at least two choices - the expensive "official" Apple devices, and the less expensive "knock offs".  Now check for the same for the Android devices.  You will not find any - not in the big box stores - or most music shops either.  Android uses the "2-GO" system of adapters and cables.  You will usually have to order them, and here again, if you are lucky, you will get the correct one for your particular device the first time around - sorry folks - been there - done that - got the mug, the T-shirt, the bumper sticker, and the baseball cap on that one.  Oh! And don't say wifi or Bluetooth for connectivity - there are a lot of music devices out there that do not support wifi or Bluetooth and still require a good ol' hardwire cable connection.

So, I do not think it is fair for us to chide music equipment manufacturers for avoiding what could very quickly become an absolute design, compatibility, and public relations morass for them.  If anything, the public should be asking the Android market for more standardization, but they already answered that quite a few years ago - they opted for "design freedom".

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