Where do we go from here? Apple have us cornered, we must download apps from the app store, we must abide by the rules, those apps are scrutinised within an inch of their lives. Google allows for Android operating system to be installed on any handset, unlike Apple who keep the iOS locked to Apple products.
I find it interesting that Google want to encourage users to create and personalise their devices to suit them, the idea is flow of information is key. Which I guess is a bit similar in regards to the week 5 topic of intellectual property and content control. Apple on the other hand want to encourage users to conform with the Apple standards of ‘simplicity and design’, with a walled garden of apps, there isn’t much room to move. But considering this, I am still a die hard Apple fan and have not considered switching to the Android operating system. Although I do love Google Chrome, I adore the fact that all my devices are synced and that it does it seamlessly I just have this feeling if I switched out my iPad for a Galaxy Note on the Android system I would have troubles There is absolutely no facts behind this claim but that is just what I would expect to happen.
How does Google make money from the Android system? They rely on the long-tail theory. Although it is available for free, they charge developers to list their apps. Roth (2008) mentions that Andy Rubin, the creator of Android said ‘Google’s model is to build a killer app, then monetize it later.’ So every app that is downloaded technically makes Google money. Pretty clever huh?
Back to the Apple vs Android debate, I feel it just doesn’t really go anywhere. People will buy what they want and if you try to change minds, it probably won’t happen. It is a cycle of ‘my phone is better,’ but really it is just personal opinion. If you really want to make the ultimate decision then you research what you are looking for in a device and go from there.
Roth, D. (2008) ‘Google’s Open Source Android OS Will Free the Wireless Web’. Wired, June 23. [URL: http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/magazine/16-07/ff_android%5D