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Netgear Chairman and CEO Patrick Lo.  (Source: Flickr.com/Jeremy Toeman)
Says Apple will eventually lose out to the more open Android

Netgear Chairman and CEO Patrick Lo has never been a shy guy, as evidenced most recently by his "scathing attack" on Apple CEO Steve Jobs in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald.

"Steve Jobs wants to suffocate the distribution so even though he doesn't own the content he could basically demand a ransom," Lo told The Herald, referring to the closed delivery model of iTunes.

This was just one specific criticism from a broad discussion of closed and proprietary products vs. open ecosystems like Google's Android. Lo said that Apple has succeeded so far because they "own the market" of many of their products, like the iPod with MP3 players. However, Lo predicted that, like Betamax vs. VHS and Mac vs. Windows, the open platform -- again referring to Android -- would win in the long run.

"Once Steve Jobs goes away, which is probably not far away, then Apple will have to make a strategic decision on whether to open up the platform," Lo told The Herald. "Ultimately a closed system just can't go that far ... If they continue to close it and let Android continue to creep up then it's pretty difficult as I see it."

Lo predicted that Android would eventually become the standard for a range of consumer electronic devices, pointing to its recent overtaking of Apple in global market share as evidence.

He also attributed Jobs' trashing of Adobe Flash as nothing more than an issue of ego.

As for Windows Phone 7, Lo said that Microsoft had fallen behind its competitors and would continue to languish there. "Microsoft is over - game over - from my point of view," he told The Herald.


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RE: Hmm
By rs2 on 2/1/2011 3:07:36 AM , Rating: 2
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Problem with android is that Google almost doesn't make a dime out of it. It uses only open stuff, and look where Linux is today. I don't see google investing heavily to support developpers in the long run, and everything coded for android can be ported easily to other devices.


Wow. Where to even begin? Using "open stuff" doesn't relegate a product to sitting in the esoteric-corner with Linux. You don't see a lot of commercial Linux development because there's no market for it and because every single flavor of Linux is slightly different from the next, oftentimes necessitating a source-based distribution (commercial developers don't want everyone to have their source code...makes it kind of tough to sell when that happens). Neither factor applies with Android (in case you didn't notice, Android has an app-store too).

As for "everything can be ported easily to other devices", that's laughably absurd. You try porting an objective-c program (iPhone) to Java (Android) and see just how "easy" it is. Especially when the API, SDK and development tools are incompatible with each other. Porting an app from one platform to the other can be done, but trivially easy it is not.

And at least some people seem to feel that the Android SDK is more developer-friendly than the iPhone SDK: http://codethink.no-ip.org/wordpress/archives/188


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