I was really excited about my new Android device Samsung Galaxy S but slowly finding out that it would have been better of sticking to, at least for the time being, with my old Nokia 5800. There are quite a few reasons for it and most of it are to do with Google’s limiting services to the western part of the world.
Take the Android Market for example, Google markets that it has thousand and thousands of Apps in the Android market. But in India, where I am from, I only have a handful of ‘useful’ Apps. I didn’t realize until a day before that countries other than USA and few European states didn’t have access to paid Apps in the Android Market. ‘Paid Apps’, that’s where quality resides, and the rest, barring a few respectable Apps, are just junk. See this Techcrunch posting for further reading.
I just can’t seem to understand why Google is limiting access even to the basic Android market. Google Checkout is a failure, just introduce regular third party forms of payment like Visa, Master card or even Paypal and move on. Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt said once, ‘part of being Open is to be inclusive and not exclusive’. And I guess that applies to everything, not just ‘Flash’.
Navigation: I covered this earlier in Google Maps Navigation in India. Again, limited to the western world. Even if it arrives, I learnt that Maps Navigation has to load over the air unlike Ovi Maps Navigation which is completely offline, which is simply far superior to Google Maps navigation.
Update: See MapMyIndia Sygic Mobile Maps Navigation.
No PC Suite software: Nokia’s Ovi suite was the best Sync software I’ve ever seen. Android doesn’t provide a PC Suite software itself but leaves it to the individual manufacturers. Samsung has Kies, which is nothing more than just a piece of crapware. It doesn’t Sync anything, and most of its features are only one way, there’s no ‘back to phone’ option.
I know all these will be solved in future, hence I said ‘for the time being’ at the beginning. But when that ‘future’ arrives is anybody’s guess.