Google Honeycomb vs iPad iOS
It is preferable for companies to delay the purchase of iPads for implementation in enterprise and introduce tablets running Google Android OS 3.0 called honeycomb as it is designed specifically for tablets. Apple recently reported that 80% of the Fortune 100 companies have already implemented or at least is testing iPad for implementation. Here are the top 10 reasons to wait on the honeycomb:
1. A honeycomb is a key addition to security
“I think it will have better security then iPad” said Dan Cornell, Denim Group CTO, mobile application developers and security consultants. Cornell indicated that his understanding is that Honeycomb will feature remote wipe, device level encryption, and yet other safeguards that will boost confidence among enterprise CIOs. Android, he said, got off to a rocky start regarding security with its first mobile OS but it has substantially upped its game and many CIOs will find the security benefits alone ample reasons to prefer Honeycomb.
2. If you like Flash then Honeycomb is your ticket
“The new Android tablets will let users view a wider range of media than iPad, Flash included,” said Pat Dalberg, an Android expert at Mutual Mobile, an apps developer. There are no rumors suggesting iPad 2.0 will be Flash friendly, but Flash definitely will run on Honeycomb tablets.
3. Carrier choice matters
Of course, definitely has a dog in this fight but his point nonetheless has validity: Enterprise customers often leverage carrier relationships to get the best deal and, right now, the only 3G provider for iPad is AT&T. That might not be where a company wants to do business. Honeycomb devices will offer a range of choices that include all four major carriers.
4. Cost to enterprise
The Galaxy Tab, a 7” screen and a device running Froyo, Android 2.2, costs as little as $249 with a new T-Mobile contract. With no contract, the device sells for $599 at Amazon.com. Roberts’ point: Price conscious companies will shop for tablets that offer carrier subsidies and they will find that with Android tablets. Carrier subsidies also will be available with at least some Honeycomb devices.
5. Plenty of Apps for Android too
There will be plenty of apps doing just about anything you want on Honeycomb, added Dalberg. iPad and Apple’s app store have hundreds of thousands of apps but the gap is narrowing and Android is making all the right moves to woo developers.
6. Quickly find suitable applications
Finding the right app is easier with Android. That’s because Google has debuted a Web-based apps store that permits high speed sifting through apps. Most experts agree this is a big step beyond Apple’s Apps Store iPad storefront.
7. Support for Java
If you can write Java, you probably can write for Honeycomb, added Dalberg. That’s a big plus for enterprises that want to home brew apps and already have Java developers on staff.
8. Device proliferation
That’s a fact. In the mid-February Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, a parade of companies including Motorola, LG, Samsung at the head of the pack showed off their versions of Honeycomb and each provides specific strengths. Some will offer 3D viewing, others may be built for video conferencing, still others will focus on other primary uses. iPad is still just iPad, one device made one way.
9. Diverse form factors
Some people want highly portable 7-inch tablets, others will want 10-inch screens on devices they may use to replace netbooks. You’ll find those choices with Honeycomb tablets. Again, iPad is one size fits all but as dozens of Honeycomb tablets hit the market in 2011, users will discover the exact device that suits their specific needs.
10. Interest in Android keeps growing
Just as Android has slowly moved up in market share for smartphone deployments aided by multiple devices, from many makers, at many price points and running on just about every carrier. Slowly, Honeycomb will chip away at iPad’s admittedly immense lead and, some day, it too may claim leadership.