Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Jul 2012 10:10 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In case you were still doubting whether or not Apple's lawsuits against Samsung were a case of 'if you can't compete, litigate', Samsung's financial results should seal the deal. The company shipped round and about 50 million smartphones, twice as many smartphones as Apple shipped. So, not only is Android doing better on smartphones than iOS, there's now also a single manufacturer outselling Apple. Oh, the next avenue for de-emphasizing this achievement has already reared its head: Samsung has a wider portfolio, and as such, the comparison isn't fair. Nonsense, of course - Volkswagen sells lots more models than, say, Mazda, but that doesn't mean you can't compare them. Maybe, just maybe, having a wide portfolio of devices to meet the various different needs of the market is simply a very good strategy. It'll be interesting to see just how much Apple can take back with the next iPhone, especially since the full potential of the Galaxy SIII hasn't been realised yet and will be accounted for in Samsung's next quarter as well. Fun, such a fight between titans. Just too bad one of the two titans plays dirty by opting for the courtroom.
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zima
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OSX is considerably more open than windows in general, the only area where they're not is that they supply the hardware too.

So, ~"OSX is considerably more open except in one of the most important areas" (if not the most important area)
Also, Apple has more of an "our way or the highway" approach with OSX, its frameworks...

In terms of interoperability tho, Apple are considerably more open...
Compare facetime, which is based on sip and is a published spec to skype which is totally closed.

That is some sort of weird joke, right? Sure, Apple took some standards for use in Facetime ...and subsequently totally closed the results - Facetime is completely locked to Apple ecosystem.

Meanwhile, Microsoft Skype is available for... pretty much anything, including Linux. And even contributes to some open standards, releasing SILK for example.

MS have traditionally kept their file formats and protocols closed, and the only reason there is any interoperability at all (eg samba) is through reverse engineering, and they only grudgingly implement any form of standards if they have to, and do so in bad faith (eg see their implementation of formulae in odf).

Not nearly the only reason - you know, regulation does work ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Union_Microsoft_competition_c... ). And BTW, saner support for standards was a contributing factor for IE victory in the first browser war (its main fault was that the winning version lived too long afterwards)

Edited 2012-08-04 23:51 UTC

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