backtop


Print 28 comment(s) - last by monkeyman1140.. on May 27 at 3:36 AM


With the many apps Android phones provide users with, could Apple's App Store be in trouble? (source: Digital Trends)

Will it really come to this? (source: Engadget)
Ah yes, another development in the war between Android vs. Apple. This time, would you like your device 'open' or not?

What is the common denominator for references to North Korea, porn, and frozen yogurt? Operating platforms, of course.

The battle between Steve Jobs and his Apple empire vs. Google and their open source platform for smartphones, titled Android, is only increasing. Android 2.2, the newest version of the operating system, codenamed
Froyo after the yummy frozen yogurt treat, is due out soon.

A vice president of Google's engineering division, Andy Rubin, was recently interviewed by the 
New York Times about Google's adoption of Android  as the operating system for smartphones and other mobile devices. Google is currently behind Apple in the smartphone market – nine percent of smartphones run Android, according to Comscore. However, Rubin was convinced that that Android phones will one day outnumber BlackBerrys and iPhones. 'I don't know when it might be, but I'm confident it will happen. Open usually wins."

What about that 'open' idea anyway? Android 2.2 will support Adobe's Flash 10.1. Flash is considered an open interface, allowing mobile phone users to access a wide range of internet sites and online games. Apple banned such interface for the iPhone, iTouch, and iPad. In a colorfully-worded letter, Jobs trashed Android and Flash. He latter commented "Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone."

Apple, on the other hand, does not use this open interface. Rubin compared such a closed interface  to totalitarian governments which make the choices for their citizens. "I just don't want to live in North Korea," Ruben added.

Along with the compatibility with Flash, Android 2.2 reports to bring faster apps, usage of less RAM, and may enable FM radio on handsets. With Android phones allowing users to access a multitude of free online games and apps, could this spell trouble for Apple's app store which charges a fee for some games? 

Many questions arise from the controversy shrouding Flash and Android, however us mobile users best sit back out of the crossfire, and let the Jobs and the rest of the big boys duke it out.



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: Flash
By zmatt on 5/3/2010 8:54:14 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think anyone ever called Microsoft open.

Apple is only supporting HTML 5 because it gives them more reason to diss flash, and HTML doesn't even directly compete with flash, it's a markup language.

However the difference between Apple and Adobe lays in this, Apple is actively blocking the use of not only Flash, but silverlight and everything else that you could use to make iPhone apps, they even refused until recently to let adobe see their APIs to properly code flash. Adobe is guilty of no such thing. They provide free flash players to every major operating system, and Actionscript is well documented and understood. The only downside is you have to use adobe's software, but then again visual studio cost money, so paying for high end IDEs isn't uncommon.


"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein

















botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki