Years ago, my friend was explaining to a Yemeni that he was Chinese but of Hakka dialect and that I was Chinese but Fookin (Cantonese for Hokien) dialect. That we were in Leeds, Yorkshire, where the accent was distinctly different from Queen's English, made the Yemeni to laugh out loud and exclaiming, "You mean he is fookin?"
Well, jokes aside, the many different manufacturers of hardware and providers of software with proprietary rights to individualistic designs meant users are likely to face problems in cross-using applications.
With my recent introduction to an outdated smart phone, the mere transfer of sim card had caused me problem of transferring all my contacts to the new phone. To make matters worse, each contact was copied 3 times resulting in copying of only a small number instead of the full list. Even when I tried to copy from the phone to the card, the memory was insufficient to take them all. This is just an example, though not relevant to the topic of discussion here, to illustrate the likely problems of changing from one brand like Apple to another like Samsung. To those who use many applications, the problems would be magnified.
"I was chatting with a friend who expressed what I'm finding is a fairly common opinion.
Well, yes, I'd love to move to Android - but all my content is in iTunes.
I discovered that it wasn't apps which were the problem - buying them again is a pain, but most are free. It's media content which traps people into staying with services that they no longer want.
Music, movies, TV, and podcast subscriptions. All tied up in Apple's little ecosystem. A very pretty noose to keep people chained to its hardware..."
Besides, incompatibility between different manufacturers, there is also the likely problem of continuity either by manufacturer's unilateral decision or force of circumstances.
"I fear what will happen when a provider shuts down a service. I joke about Apple going bust - even if they stay solvent, what's to stop them wiping all your music and movie purchases? After all, they shuttered their Mobile Me service with barely any warning and destroyed all the data their paying customers were hosting there.
Adobe killed their DRM servers with only 9 months notice - effectively stopping anyone from reading books they had bought.
Amazon wipes Kindles.
Google took Google Video to the woodshed and shot it in the head - along with Buzz, Wave, and who know how many other products.
Microsoft set up PlaysForSure - and then let it die, trapping millions of music files on devices which are no longer supported..."