Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Feb 2013 22:39 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Google is growing increasingly concerned with Samsung's dominance of the Android - and smartphone - landscape. Supposedly, the topic is being openly discussed at Google, and as far as I'm concerned, that's great news.
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We always like to see more competition. Monocultures stagnate, and monopolies abuse customers. But if there are too many incompatible operating systems, then I fear that this will once again relegate phones to being commodity devices rather than application platforms. If every time you upgraded your phone, you had to throw away your investment in all the apps you bought, you'd stop buying apps, and eventually the "app store" concept would fade away as well. I think there's a huge benefit to there being large repositories of apps you can buy (and lots of free ones!) and then migrate to your next portable device. How many operating systems is too many?

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