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Abhi Beckert

Member since: Jul 18th, 2006

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57% of Android apps are free -- iPhone apps: only 27% (Download Squad)

Jul 6th 2010 11:01PM Some of us "apple users" really do understand what makes it secure. In the case of Mac OS X vs Windows it's swings vs roundabouts, but iOS vs Android? There's no comparison, iOS is an order of magnitude more secure.

Software running natively on an iOS device is in a sandbox similar to javascript in a web browser.

Ever wonder why you can't download a file in safari on an iOS device? It's because the web browser, until recently, didn't have enough access to the hard drive. It could write the file to the disk, but no other app would be able to even check if the file exists, let alone open it.

57% of Android apps are free -- iPhone apps: only 27% (Download Squad)

Jul 6th 2010 10:53PM If you're going to claim "iOS has more apps, but they're lower quality" you should at least attempt to back it up in some way.

Apple at least has some kind of minimum standard for quality before they'll accept an app, if it has any obvious bugs, or if it's confusing, then it won't be allowed in the store.

Android has no such system, it accepts all submissions which aren't malicious — and so it seems likely Android would have a higher percentage of crap software than iOS.

OS X browser test, fourth edition (

Jul 18th 2006 2:09AM Omni just posted on your own blog about this (, and apparently they're also puzzled by it being faster than the other webkit browsers (looks like they didn't even know it was faster before your post...) They suspect it might have something to do with garbage collection (the way they manage memory usage if you don't know the term).

As for those complaining about Opera not being mentioned... IE wasn't mentioned either. This is about *popular* browsers, Opera is so rare on mac systems the author probably decided it doesn't deserve mentioning. Either way, I doubt Opera performs well under Mac OS X compared to OmniWeb or even Safari, as far as I know it's always been one of the slower browsers on the mac platform (just like firefox, which is extremely fast under windows and linux).

If Opera followed a few more of the Mac OS X UI guidelines (even FireFox does a half decent job), it would be on the list.

Re: Re: #13. Not cool posting that info publicly

Anyone who's a member of the omnigroup forums has access to the sneaky peeks, and a quick google search will show omniweb's own website instructs people to join up if they wanna use it. I don't think they mind much.