Microsoft wants to hear your droid rage story

Say what you want about Microsoft, but it is standing behind Windows Phone and is calling out Android at every chance it can get. The company’s leading proponent of the platform, BenThePCGuy, is calling out Android once again and if you tell your story, you could win 1 of 20 Samsung Focus phones.

This time around Ben is targeting those who have had malware on their Android device. This is, of course, another marketing stunt by the company but after the success of ‘smoked by Windows Phone’ campaign that was run during CES, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Microsoft is continuing its anti-Android tactics.

The hashtag for the promotion is #droidrage and it is seeing quite a bit of activity. Most users are complaining about applications that when installed either add unwanted widgets to their phone or cause the device to crash.

Microsoft has been pushing Windows Phone at every turn as it attempts to come from behind. The platform has been receiving generally positive reviews and with the addition of Nokia products, Microsoft has been edging back in to the marketplace.

Will the Droid rage mini-campaign pay off? If nothing else, it creates a quick buzz on Twitter for Windows Phone at a relatively low cost. Besides, it’s always fun to see one corporate giant sling mud at another, isn’t it?

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Well I'm enjoying Microsoft and their childish #JealousRage over losing market share to a superior OS. Windows Phone is better than WM, however it'll never be to hang with the big boys.

VoX said,
Windows Mobile is still around? Who uses that sh4it? lol.. poor Microsoft.

Technically, yes. They're killing it off though and rightly so. Windows Phone is taking its place.

My biggest gripe with droid is no proxy authentication (issue 1273). Droid phones and tablets are useless at my company, and as I've heard, hundreds (or thousands) of colleges.

Proxy auth is fully supported and dead simple on WP7.

Yes, I am aware the devices can be rooted. No, the company is not going to pay actual money for zero productivity while the devices get rooted and then rebuilt.

Just re-read this, and realized you didn't end with a /sarcasm tag. Wondering why you didn't, cuz otherwise some people might actually think WP7 is cursed with malware, while android isn't.

If you're going to make some sort of "opposite world" joke, you should be more obvious about it.

Here's my #DROIDRAGE story... dropped my 2+ years old ANdroid on the ground and it broke. Been using an iPhone 3GS from work for the last few weeks. Been wanting to throw the iPhone on the ground many times since (on purpose). Played with a WP phone at the Verizon store to finally see first hand what the hype is all about. Never happened. Social crap integration and other stuff is cool. Interface is decent but overall can't touch Android in any shape or form. I'm sure it works with Exchange a bit better and has MS Office (I only ever need to read a doc here and there while on the go - Google Docs for Android works wonders).... but other than that I can see why Windows Phone hasn't and probably never will be all that successful.

One has to love the campaigns of Microsoft ...

They are just jealous - they would be glad if they even had 5M+ WP7 phones who could possibly get infected.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

LOL, I was so happy when I saw the title but then I saw the prize:
SAMSUNG
My droid RAGE story is mainly existing because of ****sUNG's ****ty shallow scrappy shameless programmers

ZZzzz kinda hard to have droid rage if there isn't any. only rage lately was the rage against rage. Only ran on AMD/ATI graphics cards. Nvidia wasn't worth crap. I'm guessing there's more rage against microsoft phones than anyone else..

Dot Matrix said,
Um. Guys, isn't this months old????

No, this is a resurgence of an old concept because new Android malware information was posted late last week, by Symantec.

flexkeyboard said,
this isn't 2008, and wasn't your phone contract ended 2 years ago with that wm device?

Some stats for new phone sales still show the old Windows Phone 6.5 outselling WP7. Although recently WP7 has now finally edged it out.

As a Microsoft user Im pretty disappointed that they would do this in order to publicise their phone. Do they really believe they will get any loyal customers from this? All they are going to do is collect the drifters and the cheap votes who will sell them out for another phone in the future.

What about Iphone rage. I had a droid that I loved, and switched to an Iphone because my job started paying for it. Iphone is lame next to a droid. There are so many things that was so easy on my droid, that I simply can't do on my Iphone. Google voice is a good example. The Google Voice app for Iphone can't pull my contacts over, I have to import them and mix them all into one builtin Iphone app, which means mixing them with my work contacts. Also, still trying to figure out how to choose which phone to use to dial a contact. On the droid, it's just there. No flash, that's a dead horse worth beating still. Lame! Lame! Lame! I have no idea how good the Windows phone is, but they should be learning from droid, and going after Iphone users. I have nothing but Droid Love!

Wodin said,
What about Iphone rage. I had a droid that I loved, and switched to an Iphone because my job started paying for it. Iphone is lame next to a droid. There are so many things that was so easy on my droid, that I simply can't do on my Iphone. Google voice is a good example. The Google Voice app for Iphone can't pull my contacts over, I have to import them and mix them all into one builtin Iphone app, which means mixing them with my work contacts. Also, still trying to figure out how to choose which phone to use to dial a contact.

Your problem with contacts here is so damn trivial I wonder if you even bothered looking for a solution. The Google Voice app looks at your phone contacts. You can then have multiple contact groups based on service. For example, my personal contacts are stored on both my Google account and my iCloud account where as my work contacts are stored on my work's exchange server. All these different services work perfectly fine with iOS and in the Google Voice app.

Anyway, your mind is made up.

That's Microsoft for you; if we can't beat them we'll just rake as much muck as we can.

I'm sure you'll find plenty of #BlackberryRage, #iOSRage and #WindowsPhoneRage if you put out a request suggesting you may win a phone.

thommcg said,
That's Microsoft for you; if we can't beat them we'll just rake as much muck as we can.

I'm sure you'll find plenty of #BlackberryRage, #iOSRage and #WindowsPhoneRage if you put out a request suggesting you may win a phone.

Blackberry rage.?? thats easy. which is why I didn't buy one even if prepaid it was $50 cheaper. motherboard tends to overheat on the curves. dads stuck with his for now..

thommcg said,
That's Microsoft for you; if we can't beat them we'll just rake as much muck as we can.

I'm sure you'll find plenty of #BlackberryRage, #iOSRage and #WindowsPhoneRage if you put out a request suggesting you may win a phone.

Um they are making fun of Android specifically on issues they HAVE beat Android. WP7 doesn't allow this type of crap, or the issues Android users deal with on a daily basis.

Seeing an App crash on WP7 is like finding a white dolphin in a haystack. On Android, the Initialization FC is known to ALL users...

One story I should submit is when docking my droid while on a call, it would the 'DOCK' App, and 90% of the time, need more RAM, and thus terminate the Dialer App, hanging up on the person I was talking to.

Because WP7 has a REAL memory manager and doesn't randomly close applications that are active and maintains App states on suspended Apps, this isn't even possible on WP7. (Yet I bet every Android user, has opened a few Apps to find that one they were using had been closed by the OS, without saving their information, as this is what Android does.)

That picture about downloading an app and it adding a search shortcut or whatever is ridiculous!!
It's like installing a program in Windows and when it adds a toolbar, you complain that it's Windows' fault rather than the 3rd party software.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
That picture about downloading an app and it adding a search shortcut or whatever is ridiculous!!
It's like installing a program in Windows and when it adds a toolbar, you complain that it's Windows' fault rather than the 3rd party software.

It impacts on the overall experience. Microsoft and Apple can brag that it won't happen on their OSes because it won't; they quality control the software more than Google does.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
That picture about downloading an app and it adding a search shortcut or whatever is ridiculous!!
It's like installing a program in Windows and when it adds a toolbar, you complain that it's Windows' fault rather than the 3rd party software.

True, except this example would be IMPOSSIBLE on WP7 due to the security and platform architecture. There is no way an App could EVER touch another App, draw on the screen over another App, let alone draw over or inject itself into any area of the OS...

This is why it is important... (This is also why the Metro and WinRT chances in Windows 8 also provide this level of isolation, as Apps should NEVER have the ability to mess with the OS or other Apps.)

I still REALLY like the physical keyboard on the outside of the phone. I cannot get over the digital keyboards. Right now I have a Nexus S and it's pretty good over all. Would I go back to a BlackBerry just to have the keyboard.... ehhhh...

este said,
I still REALLY like the physical keyboard on the outside of the phone. I cannot get over the digital keyboards. Right now I have a Nexus S and it's pretty good over all. Would I go back to a BlackBerry just to have the keyboard.... ehhhh...

There are also Windows phones with physical keyboards, and expect even more after Tango. Afterall, the Nokia Belle sets being sold in emerging markets now will be the target hardware for Tango.

este said,
I still REALLY like the physical keyboard on the outside of the phone. I cannot get over the digital keyboards. Right now I have a Nexus S and it's pretty good over all. Would I go back to a BlackBerry just to have the keyboard.... ehhhh...

There are a few WP7 phones like you describe... Dell was one of the first, even though they haven't been the best in supporting the product.

Using android, bring the numpad to dial a number. type a number but make a mistake, click the mistake to correct, it will bring another numpad over the existing numpad.

idiotic google.

neonspark said,
Using android, bring the numpad to dial a number. type a number but make a mistake, click the mistake to correct, it will bring another numpad over the existing numpad.

idiotic google.

What phone are you using? Sounds more like a goof by your manufacturer than by Big G.

Well, bugs happen. It doesn't sound like this will seriously disrupt your use of the phone, just sounds like a minor irritant.

neonspark said,
Using android, bring the numpad to dial a number. type a number but make a mistake, click the mistake to correct, it will bring another numpad over the existing numpad.

idiotic google.

Completely false. Just tested it and it does not happen. The cursor goes where you point it and you can delete the mistake.

DaveBG said,

Completely false. Just tested it and it does not happen. The cursor goes where you point it and you can delete the mistake.


Same with a Touchwiz dialer.

thommcg said,
Doesn't happen in Ice Cream Sandwich far as I can see (Just tried).

Just because you're on ICS, doesn't mean everybody is also on ICS. Lot of us stuck on older ROM with no option of upgrading. Tab P1010 anyone?

recursive said,

What phone are you using? Sounds more like a goof by your manufacturer than by Big G.

And if it a goofy build from the MFR, why does that happen? Because MFRs HAVE to build their own Android distributions, and 'recode' crap Google either didn't optimize or locked out hardware, etc...

Your comment is reason #233 of how fragmented Android is and how it SEVERELY affects end users.

(You are making Microsoft's point for them. WP7 is WP7 is WP7 ,no matter what phone it is running on, just Windows 7 is Windows 7 no matter what hardware it is running on.)
*This model is why Windows took off in the 1990s and why WP7 will take off, as it was the MFRs and the fed up end users dealing with costs and fragmentation that wanted an easy to provide and consistent solution that the software developer (Microsoft) was responsible. Google could save their Ass if they would adopt even just this aspect and create and deliver universal binaries for devices, instead of the patchwork of crap that exists now and gets worse as Google fragments Android themselves internally.

thenetavenger said,

And if it a goofy build from the MFR, why does that happen? Because MFRs HAVE to build their own Android distributions, and 'recode' crap Google either didn't optimize or locked out hardware, etc...

Your comment is reason #233 of how fragmented Android is and how it SEVERELY affects end users.

(You are making Microsoft's point for them. WP7 is WP7 is WP7 ,no matter what phone it is running on, just Windows 7 is Windows 7 no matter what hardware it is running on.)
*This model is why Windows took off in the 1990s and why WP7 will take off, as it was the MFRs and the fed up end users dealing with costs and fragmentation that wanted an easy to provide and consistent solution that the software developer (Microsoft) was responsible. Google could save their Ass if they would adopt even just this aspect and create and deliver universal binaries for devices, instead of the patchwork of crap that exists now and gets worse as Google fragments Android themselves internally.


Fragmented fragmented fragmented, an iOS or WP7 lover's favorite words that mean absolutely nothing. I've challenged the idea numerous times and never gotten a valid response from anyone who claims it. Fragmentation is what you make up in your head to complain about Android. Android works just fine how it is, just like every other computer system in the world that runs exactly the same way.

AJerman said,

Fragmented fragmented fragmented, an iOS or WP7 lover's favorite words that mean absolutely nothing. I've challenged the idea numerous times and never gotten a valid response from anyone who claims it. Fragmentation is what you make up in your head to complain about Android. Android works just fine how it is, just like every other computer system in the world that runs exactly the same way.

Of course you haven't gotten a valid response. You think fragmentation is made up in one's mind, and I don't think any convincing using facts based in reality are going to change that.

Fragmentation exists, and it exists to some degree on all platforms, but hey, keep your head in the sand. We don't want the dream world crashing down on us now would we?

I posted my minor grievance with my android phone. Completely happy with Android but hey if I can try a windows phone for "free" I'll do it. Haha.

Amarok said,
I posted my minor grievance with my android phone. Completely happy with Android but hey if I can try a windows phone for "free" I'll do it. Haha.

Yea, I am almost tempted to make some stuff up to get a free phone. Try it, and then sell it off later if I dont like it.

techbeck said,

Yea, I am almost tempted to make some stuff up to get a free phone. Try it, and then sell it off later if I dont like it.

You can try it at a carrier store...

sviola said,
You can try it at a carrier store...

No you can't.

I have yet to find a carrier that has a Windows phone set up.
Most of the time, they are dummy phones with static screens, or Demo units that play video loops.
In the rare case you actually get a phone to play with, there is 0 account information.
WP7 really comes alive when you start adding accounts.

Then you wonder why other handset vendors can't make it this easy.

techbeck said,

Yea, I am almost tempted to make some stuff up to get a free phone. Try it, and then sell it off later if I dont like it.


Exactly what I am going to do.

Make some ****ty ass common story about Android copy and pasted from the internet, sell the ****ty focus and get a true Android phone.

dotf said,

No you can't.

I have yet to find a carrier that has a Windows phone set up.
Most of the time, they are dummy phones with static screens, or Demo units that play video loops.
In the rare case you actually get a phone to play with, there is 0 account information.
WP7 really comes alive when you start adding accounts.

Then you wonder why other handset vendors can't make it this easy.

Every AT&T store around here that I've been to has working WP7 devices on display.

sviola said,
The guy in the pic is complaining against iphone, not android?

Sounds like he downloaded an app for Android that imitates the iPhone slide to unlock.

sviola said,
The guy in the pic is complaining against iphone, not android?
Why would someone download an iPhone screen locker app on an iPhone? lol.

I wonder what Apps people are downloading that are causing them so much pain and suffering. I download/install a few different apps daily to try them out and never ran in to any problems with notification spam or unwanted shortcuts.

Probably all those fart/girl pic apps....

techbeck said,
Probably all those fart/girl pic apps....

BINGO!

If one is too stupid to install these kind of apps, they should move to Windows Phone or iOS where those platforms do all the thinking for them. Thankfully, I'm smart and I don't want to give up control.

techbeck said,
I wonder what Apps people are downloading that are causing them so much pain and suffering. I download/install a few different apps daily to try them out and never ran in to any problems with notification spam or unwanted shortcuts.

Probably all those fart/girl pic apps....

No way man, it's all the legitimately named malware like "Screaming Sexy Japanese Girls", haha. I replied back to BenThePCGuy when they previously did the droidrage campaign complementing them on luring all the stupid users to Windows Phone, thus leaving the Android ecosystem with a few less people who download "Magic Hypnotic Spiral" and "Sexy Legs".

UndergroundWire said,

BINGO!

If one is too stupid to install these kind of apps, they should move to Windows Phone or iOS where those platforms do all the thinking for them. Thankfully, I'm smart and I don't want to give up control.

If one is too stupid to understand the ethics behind running an app store, then there's no point in discussing it with them.

techbeck said,
I wonder what Apps people are downloading that are causing them so much pain and suffering. I download/install a few different apps daily to try them out and never ran in to any problems with notification spam or unwanted shortcuts.

Probably all those fart/girl pic apps....

Idiots will always be idiots, the exact kinda customers apple needs. Apple customers just want to be told what to believe.

Beyond Godlike said,

Idiots will always be idiots, the exact kinda customers apple needs. Apple customers just want to be told what to believe.

You must be smoking some great ****. Who's your provider?

By your idiotic logic, Google doesn't have to bother about any malware that THEY sell on THEIR app store for THEIR Android OS which THEIR customers use.

Google, on the other hand,
1. lets the malware on their app store,
2. lets its customers download them,
3. lets its customers lose their data or other information due to the malware,
4. lets the tech news tell them about it, and
5. then scrambles to use the kill switch, which is a bloody mockery of the entire system. The number of times a company has to use the kill switch shows how BAD the platform is.

Apple, at least, does its due diligence to PREVENT such things from happening to its customers at Step 1.

So, why the **** would anyone trust Android or Google over Apple?

Edited by Jebadiah, Jan 31 2012, 7:17am :

techbeck said,
I wonder what Apps people are downloading that are causing them so much pain and suffering. I download/install a few different apps daily to try them out and never ran in to any problems with notification spam or unwanted shortcuts.

Probably all those fart/girl pic apps....

On my personal device, the malware was backloaded on mainstream App, and automatically installed/updated from the Google Marketplace.

Another tech had Google Maps auto-update deliver the malware to their phone by attaching itself during the update through a rooted Linux router in the Verizon network.

Because Android DOES NOT do proper 'authentication' and checking, malware can be strapped on any App if there is a compromised network device watching for the update.

So what are they doing? Using a horribly designed an insecure OS called Android, with an equally bad marketplace and installation/update process that has virtually no failsafes or checks.

Jebadiah said,

If one is too stupid to understand the ethics behind running an app store, then there's no point in discussing it with them.

No thanks, I can determine which apps I want. I don't like communist ideas.

UndergroundWire said,

No thanks, I can determine which apps I want. I don't like communist ideas.

It kind of does remind me of our country, there's big government Apple and MS who will monitor and regulate your every move to keep you safe from yourself, then there's Android that allows much more freedoms without regulations on everything you do. And as with our country, more and more people aren't capable of protecting themselves or putting forth the effort to see if something is a good idea, so they need big brother to hold their hand.

Just so you know, as amusingly accurate as that may be, it's not really meant to be serious. Just a funny comparison that popped in my head.

thenetavenger said,

So what are they doing? Using a horribly designed an insecure OS called Android, with an equally bad marketplace and installation/update process that has virtually no failsafes or checks.

If it was so horrible, people wouldnt be using it. And with androids being as expensive as iPhones, its not because of price either.