Sunday, April 28, 2013

Easier Blogging with Android vs. iOS

The time has come for me to start posting news to a blog on a fairly regular basis.  This means I have to make it as easy as possible.

For some time, tablets have taken over my daily routine from my laptop, so any blog posting is going to have to be from some sort of tablet. What I mainly want to do is micro-blog, similar to what I do on Twitter: post a title and a link to an article I think my readers will find interesting, plus a couple of sentences saying what I found interesting.

Using the Tablet:

My main tablet is a 10 inch iPad 3. I scan lots of news on many topics on it.  But when it comes to posting an article I found, iOS will give me a few options, generally: Share to Facebook, Twitter, email, and sometimes services like Evernote and Pocket.  iOS does not give you the option of sharing with any of your blogging apps, either from Blogger or WordPress.

And that is a problem.  It turns what should be a fast action into a chore.

Of course, I could still post via email, but that limits my options for assigning categories to a post or delaying publication.  I've never really liked post by email.

Enter Android for the Save Share:

Android works totally differently.  Every time you add a new app that can be "Shared" to that app becomes available as a share menu option.  It can make for a long list, but if I want to share an article on my browser I click Share >> More and I get a huge list of apps. If I choose WordPress app then the title and link of the article are sent to my WordPress app which opens and is ready for me to edit and post.  Easy.

This is where the more free for all world of Android shines compared to iOS.

There are two downsides to Android on tablets however:

1. There still are not as many good news apps for Android Tablets as there are for iPads.  This makes it a bit harder to find news in the first place. Android may be the most popular operating system for smartphones, but the iPad still has Android beat in popularity in the tablet market.

2. Hardware: few Android tablets can match iPad for speed and smoothness.  They are out there but you have to hunt.

If you are not a blogger, none of this will effect you, if you are a blogger it might effect you depending on you work flow.  All I know is I hate finding an article on my iPad and having to either copy past titles and URL's to post it, or switch to an Androd tablet to post.

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