Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Aug 2011 12:04 UTC
Google Okay once again I'm breaking my own one-week time-off from OSNews due to, you know, taking a break and being too busy with other things, but this one is big - very big. Also, only the second time in OSNews history we've used the 'breaking'-tag. Google has just announced it is going to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion (more here). While providing Google with a dedicated mobile phone business, it also gives Google ownership of one of the most valuable mobile technology patent portfolios in existence. Update: Responses from the Android ecosystem are positive. HTC: "We welcome the news of today's acquisition, which demonstrates that Google is deeply committed to defending Android, its partners, and the entire ecosystem." Sony Ericsson & LG: "We welcome Google's commitment to defending Android and its partners."
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RE[2]: Mistake by Google
by Tony Swash on Mon 15th Aug 2011 13:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Mistake by Google"
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Apple's own weapons (exclusively targeting the high-end to reduce fragmentation, brand image cultivated through an extreme marketing budget and the cult of Jobs' personality, pretty cases to compensate the ugly specs, simplicity at the expense of efficiency...).

If you genuinely think that that is an accurate summary of the reasons for the success of Apple's products I pity you. Sorry to seem harsh but it's true.

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RE[3]: Mistake by Google
by Neolander on Mon 15th Aug 2011 13:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Mistake by Google"
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Please explain it better yourself, then. What are, in your opinion, Apple's strong points, in the context of modern iOS (4.3 iirc) vs modern Android (2.3 iirc) ? We'll do the comparison in the context of smartphones, since it's Motorola mobility's main business (or have they released any tablet besides the Xoom ?), and also consider devices in the state where they are sold (no jailbreak, no rooting).

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RE[4]: Mistake by Google
by WorknMan on Mon 15th Aug 2011 22:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Mistake by Google"
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Please explain it better yourself, then. What are, in your opinion, Apple's strong points, in the context of modern iOS (4.3 iirc) vs modern Android (2.3 iirc) ?

The main advantage for iPhone (from my own point of view) is that it has no vendor bloatware/carrier crapware to contend with, and I can actually get updates from the manufacturer the day they're released, instead of having to wait for 6 months and/or hope that the hardware vendor releases the update at all on my phone. Plus, the app store is better curated, so there's much less of a chance of getting hit with malware, and there's more apps to choose from as well.

And to be honest, things don't really change that much when you add rooting/jailbreaking to the equation, except with Android, I can then rely on hackers working in their spare time for updates, who are very hit or miss when it comes to releasing custom roms that are actually stable.

Note: I have an Android phone and like it, but IMHO, if Google buying Motorola means I can get a vanilla Android phone in the US on Verizon, I'm all for it. Otherwise, my next phone just may be an iPhone; they say the vendor bloatware (Sense inparticular) has gotten better since I bought my phone in April last year, but I don't plan on getting burned twice.

Edited 2011-08-15 22:49 UTC

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