[half life android]Windows 11 and M1 Macs will make our tech purchases even more insular

2021-08-12 05:47:03

  Unlike when I lived in NYC and stared at my phone to block out the subway crowds, I spend much less time swiping and more time typing and staring at larger displays these days while fully working from home. Because of that, I don’t find the time to try out new mobile games and cool apps like I used to. And the Mac app store is so full of unreliable bloatware that I don’t even bother searching through it these days; I’ve ended up fully dependent on my Chrome browser and bookmarks.

  That’s why I find Windows 11’s little app windows (sorry) and widgets so compelling. They’ll let me fill my computer display full of different apps I can see all at once, instead of a bunch of tabs I have to switch between. As a result, I’d be more likely to actually buy apps because I know I’d finally have time to use them more regularly.

  The more companies link their devices, the more convenient it becomes just to buy everything from a single company.

  But if I end up buying an XPS 13 or Razer Book 13 as my daily device, that means focusing entirely on building a library of new Microsoft and sideloaded Android apps. Even though you can use Windows apps without needing a phone, it makes no sense to buy apps that I can’t also use on my daily driver iPhone. If I go the other direction and buy an M1X or M2 MacBook Pro, then the same principle applies: if I want to buy and enjoy games across devices, why stick with an Android phone?

  This isn’t some Earth-shattering revelation; of course, companies want us to buy as many of their devices as possible. But I started switching to Android in part because I wanted to escape Apple’s monopolistic hold on my tech life, and I’m not sure I want to suddenly leave Apple entirely behind for Windows and Android, either. Whichever computer I buy will influence the next phone or tablet I buy, and the software I use, for at least the next four or five years. It puts more pressure and fear of making the wrong choice on me than I’d like!

  I know that more than half of AC’s readers are regular Windows users, so my fraught decision may not be relatable to some of you. But how many of you consider which phone you own when choosing what laptop or desktop to buy? Do any of you regularly use a daily phone and daily computer from different tech ecosystems? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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  Have some fun

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  A welcome change

  OnePlus now promises three major Android updates and four years of security updates for its flagship phones.

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  my favorite device in years

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  Snap that

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