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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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By echtogammut on 5/11/2010 4:59:17 PM , Rating: 2
My company is the process of switching all of our phones over to Android/WebOS based phones. We were early adopters of first iPhones and overall we like them. Our issue came with the recent development changes, we create a lot of small in-house apps, but development costs and the closed environment on iPhone was costing us too much and time and money to continue. None of my devs like Java, but all agreed its preferable to the crap that Apple has been making us dance around with.

I am told, switching to Verizon will improve our data coverage and the slowly degrading quality of service from ATT. When we switched to AT&T about 3-4 years ago, all of our customers switched as well, hopefully I can convince them to switch to Verizon now, because previously 95% of our calls were "in network" and this saved us a tonne on our phone bill. Plus we got bonuses for over 200 monthly plans that AT&T received, with us listed in the referral.


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