Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Jun 2010 22:07 UTC
Apple When Apple announced its iAd mobile advertising initiative, many of us wondered how this would effect other mobile advertising agencies on the iPhone, and more specifically, Google's AdMob. Well, now we know: Apple has revised its iOS developer agreement to specifically lock out Google's AdMod. And then people wonder why Apple is no longer the darling of the geek world.
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by molnarcs on Wed 9th Jun 2010 16:43 UTC in reply to "RE: ...."
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You just don't get it... The difference between the two companies and their actions is night and day.

First, the Android platform is Open, and it creates competition between mobile manufacturers (HTC vs Motorola for example).

And now we have an open alliance of hardware manufacturers working on the hardware driver stack of the android platform. In other words, anyone is welcome to modify how Android works, provide a software stack on top of ie: an email client, a sync service, an interface to MobileMe or any other services, etc. It shouldn't be too difficult either, I mean the barrier of entering this market for any major manufacturer is pretty low. HTC writes it's own UI on top of Android, and so can Samsung, Motorola, LG, etc..

This alone is a major difference between the two companies and their offerings, I'm just stunned that you don't see it.

Second, Google also went out of its way to make it easy to switch from their online services if you can find something better. It made it ridiculously easy to export your data into a portable format that can be imported to any other service provider that offers better solutions. Are there any? Well, that's another issue, but the point is, they don't prevent competition, in fact, they welcome it.

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