Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Dec 2011 16:22 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It all started with Apple/TechCrunch blogger M.G. Siegler making a huge fuss over something he didn't understand, and while that in and of itself isn't particularly interesting, one of the outcomes of this little internet drama is a comment on Google+ (the tenth one) that so perfectly encapsulates just how important Android is for the world that I felt the need to share it with you. It's the holiday season after all.
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Democratizing iOS
by Normm on Thu 29th Dec 2011 21:47 UTC in reply to "My new year's challenge to Thom"
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I agree with others who thought the slams against Apple got in the way of the main point, which was an excellent one. I think the revolution actually had two parts, though. The first was Apple's introduction of a good touch device with a good touch UI. The second was the response of the mobile industry, which has resulted in a lot of phones that are similar to the iPhone. But more importantly, as Thom points out, part of this response has been to democratize (and improve on) these ideas and make them available to the world in cheap phones.

I wonder, though. If Google hadn't democratized Apple's approach, probably the open source community would have. Would this have been better or worse?

Edited 2011-12-29 21:59 UTC

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RE: Democratizing iOS
by r_a_trip on Fri 30th Dec 2011 09:20 in reply to "Democratizing iOS"
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Would this have been better or worse?

I'd say worse. I'm a huge believer in FOSS, but some things work less optimal in the bazaar. Google is a driving force in the direction of Android. While handset makers are adding some extra chrome here and there, Android basically is Android, no matter what device it runs on. Even the heavily modified MIUI is recognizable as Android to someone versed in the platform.

If the FOSS communities would've had to provide the democratized Phone OS, we'd have had 350 different implementations, all with different quirks and large incompatibilities. As for the "Universal App Shop" concept, never would have happened. Every respin of a FOSS Phone OS would have had its own incomplete repository.

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RE: Democratizing iOS
by tonny on Sat 31st Dec 2011 03:14 in reply to "Democratizing iOS"
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I wonder, though. If Google hadn't democratized Apple's approach, probably the open source community would have. Would this have been better or worse?

Nope, FOSS doesn't have enough momentum to take off. As I can see, for now, it's just a niche market. You can get it on development board like pandaboard, beagleboard, etc, but not on maintream gadget/board.

So, yeah. The good part of Android is it became the take off ground for FOSS, so (hoping so) that the open source community can seize the chance and.. 'take off'.

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RE[2]: Democratizing iOS
by zima on Thu 5th Jan 2012 23:11 in reply to "RE: Democratizing iOS"
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And why do people make such rigid distinction, anyway. Android is part of open source community - sure, maybe some crucial part of it is not developed in very open fashion (still largely released as such though), but many/most parts of it are; it would seem to me that's pretty much (also) what open licenses intended.

Anyway, in that regard it did largely too off already (routers, browsers...)

Edited 2012-01-05 23:13 UTC

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