I don't really care about whether funcionality is provided by the OS or through third party apps as long as it integrates nicely enough. That is, eg. if I'm browsing the gallery and I feel like modifying a picture with pixlr-o-matic I don't have to go to that app and then open the file, I just press a button in the gallery and pixlr-o-matic starts with the picture I wanted.
You might argue that the functionality pixlr-o-matic provides could be baked into the OS, but then when I say pixlr-o-matic others might say instagram, or whatever other app they prefer for whatever reason (eg. instagram's social features).
When it comes to messaging people, one single protocol doesn't cut it. I have GTalk, which comes with Android and is what I use the most for chatting, VoIP and video calls, but then some people only has Skype, or Whatsapp, or Viber... there's just no way any phone will offer all those services baked into the OS.
Same with sharing and cloud storage. I use Dropbox, Ubuntu One and Google Drive, and you won't find any phone that's able to integrate with all those services out of the box.
Good thing is, as soon as I install a client for those services I can just send files to them straight from, say, the Gallery app. The client becomes transparent.
Again, you won't find any OS that allows to share through Facebook, Twitter, Bluetooth, UbuntuOne, Google+, SMS, Mail, WhatsApp, Skype and Drive, all out of the box. While you might not be using every service out there, your personal choice of services doesn't have to necesarily match those bundled with your phone OS.
I mean, as long as apps integrate with the OS and you don't have to go every time to the drawer to explicitly lauch the app to get the funcionality, whether they are third party applications or out of the box OS features becomes largely irrelevant.
threetonesun, on 27 April 2012 - 12:08, said:
I could share something to Twitter, Facebook, or Google+, but if all three were built into my iPhone, it would be full of loaded menus (I personally think Twitter is even a bit much for the sharing menus).
Not really, at least in the Gallery app (which is the only place I remember sharing from) you just get a button for the most used share target on the top right corner. The share menu, while can be expanded to show all available services, only shows the top three ones you use the most.