this year Apple purged the app store of all that was lude
and lascivious, claiming that it was merely bowing to
of parents. Maybe it was halfway right. The Parents
Television Council has gone public, claiming that its protest
campaign helped spur Apple to action and praising the company's new
moral stand.The PTC says that Apple's decision to block
photos of apps based on their parental control settings and remove
some apps altogether is a good step. The group's president, Tim
Winter, says Apple is definitely rubbing him the right way.
"Apple has taken a positive first step towards eliminating kids'
access to sexually explicit and pornographic content on its product
lineup and we applaud the company’s effort."However,
the PTC has identified a new target: Google's Android operating
system. Android is set to pass Microsoft sometime this quarter
in the smartphone arena, and will soon be the third largest
smartphone OS provider. It has the second biggest app store,
after only Apple's 150,000+ apps – the Android Marketplace features
over 40,000 apps. A handful of those apps are
pornographic or otherwise deviant in nature. The PTC is vowing
to do its best to let Google know that they're being very naughty and
to whack the explicit content off the Android Market.The
group is upset that Android OS has no parental controls and hasn't
taken steps to remove preview photos or explicit apps like Apple.
States PTC's national grassroots director Gavin McKiernan, "We
plan to draw attention to other platforms, such as Android, or
Verizon's Vcast service, that aren't really doing anything. We
definitely want to see progress from some of the other handheld
devices."Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, agrees with the
assessment that Android is very, very naughty. He became rather
hot and bothered when discussing Android at the iPhone
OS 4.0 launch event and accused his competitor of being a
"porn phone". His company and users, are much better
at keeping their dark, unpure thoughts in check, he feels.