Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th May 2010 18:29 UTC
Google At the Google I/O conference, Google just held its second keynote address, which focussed on Android. The talk was held by Vic Gundotra, and he unveiled a number of new features coming in Android 2.2 "Froyo", as well as some features coming in Froyo+1. The main theme of the entire keynote? Openness and choice, and a whole bucketload of not-so-subtle jabs at Apple. I'd like to apologise upfront for a possible lack of critical notes in this article - I'm still handing out the brownie points to Google for yesterday.
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RE[3]: Disguise
by MysterMask on Fri 21st May 2010 18:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Disguise"
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Gosh, a company about a million times more open than Apple

You don't get the Google business model, do you?

Of course, Google seems more open: that's simply the way they make money. Most of their business is build around providing (mostly third party) data to anybody for free (even in cases where the owner of the data does not approve). It doesn't matter for Google if they tie people to their services through their search engine, a software like Google Earth or a platform like Android. Just ask Google to provide their search algorithms, show their patents on acquiring user data, open up their data stores (not the data of others provided by Google Search but the data about you and me) to the public and look how open Google really is.

In the end, this is all about business*, it's not about freedom, not about openness, not about the best user experience or anything like that.

*) Google is actually bringing us a lot closer to an Orwellian future than any other company on this planet.

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