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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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Google need to be like Apple more
By vision33r on 5/10/2010 11:46:01 AM , Rating: 2
The problem with Android is exactly what MS had, too much devices and too many variants. Normal folks don't know anything about Android buys a cheap Droid and finds they can't run this app because it needs a newer version of Android.

The Dashboard designs between different handset makers and carriers are making it difficult for normal folks to learn the phone.

The App Store for Android is even more of a joke like the Blackberry App World.

Oh, there's an app for that on Android, hey stupid that's a setting on the iPhone and you call that an App?

The Contact management features on the Android phones are just plain messy, definitely will turn off Blackberry users who are used to tight integration.

I think Palm Web OS > Android but too bad they went on the wrong telco.

By bldckstark on 5/10/2010 4:56:54 PM , Rating: 2
Contact management on the HTC devices is tighter than anything on the Blackberry. I know because I have them both (BB OS 5.1 and Android 2.1). The ability to link nearly unlimited contact types to one database entry is something Blackberry users can only dream of.

By Bateluer on 5/11/2010 3:07:31 AM , Rating: 2
Disagree. While there is a fragmentation issue, with so many device changes, you can get a phone that suits you. If you want the fastest, most powerful available, you can get the Incredible or N1. If you need a physical keyboard, you can get the Moto Droid. If you need a physical keyboard, but are on a budget, you have the Devour. You have a great deal of choice and options, all of which are a good thing for the consumer. Having a single device with a single look & feel isn't a good thing.

MS's problem was that the hardware available at the time wasn't where it needed to be to do what they wanted to do, coupled with a more bloated OS. Even today, WinMo still lags on hardware that flies on Android.

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