I started in my digital journey fifteen years ago in the Apple world, soon after the iPhone was released. I spent ten years in the Apple ecosystem and was a faithful, vocal fanboy. Then Google changed Android to be more secure, updatable, and customizable. I bought my first Samsung phone (Note 9) and I have never looked back.
The transition to Samsung and Android has been a good one for me. While I had some issues with my Note 9 updating (never switch carriers.....ugh), I tried the Google ecosystem to be as integrated as possible but that never really happened.
The problem was Microsoft. I have been using Outlook (remember Hotmail) since I got my first computer and my association with Office has been long. While you can live in Google and Microsoft ecosystems simultaneously, I couldnt find my happy place.
When Microsoft started building software for Android, things became clearer to me. Over time, Microsoft built many great apps on iOS and Android and I found myself admiring their work. Soon Microsoft shipped Microsoft Launcher for Android and I got even happier. What happens next was a big shock.
Microsoft announces the line of Duo phones in 2020 with Android. They released "Your Phone" app for Windows in 2020 and my new world started to come together. Microsoft partners with Samsung in 2020 and for the first time, Apple has real competition!
I remain a happy Android user because of Windows 11 integration and feel like both Samsung and Microsoft won a big battle in the world of mobile.