Google loves to brag that Android is much better than Apple's iOS because it's 'open', but apparently Google's recent move to close Android's 'GingerBread' tablet version to others points that it may just may be hypocritically the other way around!
However, as AppleInsider pointed out yesterday, I'm beginning to think that it's the later.
Android so-called biggest advantage over that of iOS devices, or devices coming from RIM's PlayBobok or HP's upcoming WebOS based devices, such as the TouchPad, is that it is totally open, opened to anyone to add or do what ever they want to do with it, but is it really? Well, that claim is nothing but a lot of 'you-know-what', as far as I'm concerned.
The way I see it, if it was truly open, as they claim it is, then they wouldn't be restricting GingerBread from being downloaded by anyone, any old time, to do what ever they wanted to do with it, now would they? No, this move, on Google's part, to restrict who can download GingerBread doesn't surprise me one little bit. After all, when a company builds an OS, such as Android, largely on other people's stolen IP, then it also shouldn't be surprising if they claim that its open, when, in fact, it's really only partially open! Android is open alright, but only to the degree that Google wants it to be open, and then, no more and no less.
Funny thing, at least to me, is how they (Google and others) love to knock Apple down big time for pulling an app from its own App Store, for example, and then, when they turn around and hypocritically do the exact same thing, then they expect us to believe that somehow, when they do it, well that's a fine-and-dandy thing, but, however, when Apple does it, well now that's just another bad example of Apple's nasty, closed 'walled-garden' platform.
Android, of course, truly is open when it comes to allowing just anyone to download as much crappy software to its Android Marketplace, including software infested with trojan's, spy ware and other such nasty malware.
After all, why bother monitoring, like Apple, all of its apps to ensure that they are safe and of a higher quality? That'll just make it all the harder to give the false impression that the Android Marketplace is just as good as the App Store!
Seriously, the more apps, good or bad, that Google can cram into its eco-system and bolster its store's image, then the easier it is for Google to convince the sheep to swallow its cool-aid, and to accept the notion that it's open and thus better than Apple, even though critically thinking minds everywhere know better.
In conclusion, Android may be open alright, but only partially. You can add and do a lot with Android, but only to the degree, as stated above, that Google wants you to. If it's to Google's advantage, than thats fine, but if it's not, then expect to have Android's door slammed shut tight in your face!
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Friday, Happy iPad 2 day in Germany, Canada, and other countries day, March 25, 2011