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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.



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RE: Android's model has it right
By Mojo the Monkey on 5/6/2010 1:00:36 PM , Rating: 2
True. When the android app store was young, the FEW but innovative apps are what made me feel confident about my purchase and made my iPhone buddies red with jealousy. There just werent good bar code scanning, live mapping, data integrating apps on the iphone back then. Since then, I think the iphone apps have gained some ground, but the general trend seems to be that the truly creative stuff pops up on android first.


RE: Android's model has it right
By robinthakur on 5/7/2010 5:57:58 AM , Rating: 3
Erm, you are joking right? The iPhone wipes the floor with 99% of what's on Android app store. I can't think of a single App outside of Google's own brand stuff which has no equivalent on the iPhone and you don't have that whole waiting game to see if a popular and good App will even be released on Android once the iPhone version is released. The whole thing where people say its 50,000 fart apps really haven't used the App Store long enough to fully appreciate the way i changes the way you look at he smartphone in terms of functionality being available on demand and the sky practically being the limit on what functionality you can enjoy. 2 years ago, did I believe that you could hold your phone up and see tube station locations overlaid over live video or be able to scan a barcode and bring up the prices for the item online, it would have seemed like "minority report" Sci-fi, yet that is possible now.

More importantly and something you don't read that much about (I wasn't aware of it before I bought an HTC desire) you also aren't stuck storing them on valuable and scarce internal phone memory, in the sense that on iPhone the appspace is shared and developers aren't scared that you can take the memory card out of the iphone and give the app to all your drm-hating open source prolatariet chums :)


By Mojo the Monkey on 5/7/2010 2:25:11 PM , Rating: 3
You missed the point of what I was saying. I'm not talking about all of the random apps for the iphone (and droid) where its a glorified stripped down version of a website. There were innovative apps that I had on my android long before the iphone - and when the first round of iphone apps came out to emulate these, they were just pathetic. It took them a few iterations to catch up. Barcode scanning with location tie in (to show you a cheaper price was 1 block away at X store) was working in excellent fashion on no less than 3 different android apps within weeks of its debut. I know about these catch-up iphone woes first hand.

I'm not talking about all apps here. Just the ones that knocked my socks off. For sheer variety and even gaming, iphone is still undisputed.


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