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Last Updated: Sunday, 08-Nov-2015 21:56:28 PST

Samsung/Google and Some Random Chinese Company (both called Android)

The stock (Some Random Chinese Company) "Android" web browser, which comes with the standard/generic (Some Random Chinese Company) "Android" mobile phones, will be shown a simplified version of this site, automatically. This is most likely the version you have outside the US, unless you know you have an Apple iPhone.

For Samsung/Google (Android) users, be sure to use the latest version (5.0) and disable Javascript for this site (which will trigger the simplified version of this site), and/or download another web browser, like Google Chrome Mobile or Firefox Mobile.

This is most likely the version you have in the US, unless you know you have an Apple iPhone. The reasons why Samsung sells so many phones and every other manufacturer of Google/Android make so little money is that Samsung confuses people by copying Apples's visual design so exactly (although it works nothing like Apple devices).

If you don't know what phone you have, you are not sure it is made by Apple, you didn't go to buy it at an Apple store, or specifically request an iPhone, then this phone is almost guaranteed to be the phone you have. A big give away is branding: you should have a logo of an Apple on the back, if you look closely, and you will never see any other businesses' name, or logo on any Apple product. If you see the name of your wireless phone carrier/provider on the phone, then it is not an Apple product.

"Android" means Junk; Apple means Quality

Just because Samsung contracts out the stamping of one of the pieces of some Apple products in Vietnam, or Foxconn (which is Taiwanese owned) assembles them (and assembles every major manufacturers products) in China (which are all low skill labor or performed by robots), does not mean that Samsung or Some Random Chinese company can make a useful knockoff. Apple now designs its own processors and has exclusive access to a custom metal.

Hopefully, someday, some other company will make a quality smartphone, so we will have a choice, for those who buy brand name devices. Currently, there is no equivalent brand or product to Apple's in (mobile) computing devices. The generic ones (Samsung/Google and Some Random Chinese Company) "Android" often look the same with the same shape and icons, but they are designed entirely differently, with totally different approaches to design and use entirely different software.

Apple phones are designed simply and have few options for customization, the products are very fast and smooth, they have incredible battery life, they have very good support for people with disabilities, and you will encounter few problems. Generic (Samsung/Google and Some Random Chinese Company) "Android" phones do not share any of these qualities.

Many people think Android is going to overwhelm Apple's iOS, but Samsung never releases sales figures (and is a giant company, which can hide losses in income from cell phones in their appliance division, for example). Apple mobile devices are the vast majority of non-PC devices accessing the Internet and where all the money is made. If you are using an Android device, for accessing the Internet, you are in the minority and designers and app developers consider your devices a secondary, unimportant, and barely profitable market.

Misleading Marketing and Marketing Driven Software

This decision was made by me, because, although it is not ideal, to give a less immersive experience for Android users, as my experience and reading about Android shows me that it does not respond fast enough, to handle the more intense graphics, of my full formatted version, while still being responsive and functional and not lock up or crash your web browser. Internet Explorer, before version 10, gets an even simpler version, but that is easier to target, as it doesn't just support these features badly - it just doesn't support them at all.

I actually do recommend Google Chrome for Windows users on desktops, laptops, and netbooks. Unfortunately, most users have to download a version of Google Chrome Mobile, as the default browser on Android mobile phones is not anywhere near comparable to the desktop version, while, in my experience, Mobile Safari is pretty close. Apple phones tend to cost more and in turn get better quality parts, software, support, and services.

Ironically, if you use Google Chrome on iOS, like iPhones and iPads, the functionality is almost exactly the same as Apple's default browser. Google Chrome Books (web browser only laptops) will work very well, on my full website.

Unfortunately, a brand name does not necessarily mean it is using the same software or technology. The same situation applies, to the Microsoft Surface laptops, where the cheap ones don't run any Windows software, except Internet Explorer (the first version that caught up with the competition) and a stripped down version of Microsoft Office, that lacks key compatibilities, for those who use Visual Basic to add custom functionality (most businesses), or those who want to use Outlook (most businesses), for their email and calendaring. And, ironically, you can get this same version of Microsoft Office, for iPads as well (but not for Android).

Amazon.com sells a simple book reading device, as well as a barely functional tablet, and a high end phone, although they are all called some variant of Kindle and Fire. These software systems and devices are not even remotely similar. Google fans often count these as Android devices, but they are not compatible with and cannot access Google app store "Play" or run Google's own apps/services like Gmail, Chrome, Maps, and Docs.

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