Steve Jobs on Android’s fragmentation

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Hi at all!!!

Today, i’ve read an article through Reto Meier Buzz apropos Steve Jobs sentence about Android fragmentation.

In this article, the Apple CEO says that Android is fragmented and that the open vs closed software dilemma isn’t important  as long as Apple’s propietary mobile operating system manages to provide a better user experience.

Many Android OEMs install proprietary user-interfaces to differentiate themselves from the commodity Android experience. The user is left to figure it all out. Compare this with iPhone where ever handset works the same. (…) We think the open vs closed is just a smokescreen to try and hide the real issue, which is: What’s best for the customer? Fragmented vs. integrated. We think Android is very very fragmented and becoming more fragmented by the day.

In the article the author, Alex Chitu, says that is all right, but he makes a question:

What is the best for the consumer?

Alex says:

People like have options. Not everyone likes iPhone’s form factor, iPhone’s interface and some may even want a hardware keyboard, a custom virtual keyboard or a weather widget. Android is a diverse ecosystem and there’s a lot to learn until Google, hardware manufacturers and all their partners manage to come up with revolutionary phones, consistent interfaces and integrated experiences. Android is just an opportunity to innovate, it’s not a complete package. Google chose a non-restrictive license for Android to encourage innovation, even if that meant less control and more fragmentation.

Mobile phones are more personal than computers and I don’t think we’ll live in a world where every smartphone user will choose an iPhone. There’s always a trade-off and not everyone wants a perfect phone if that means they’ll have to change their definition of a perfect phone.

For me, i share the Alex opinion, Android is not only an operating system, is much than this, not depends of one carrier, or one company (like Google), is an open operating system, this feature make the option for you and for the others to custom your mobile phone as you like, put some new features, delete others, change the functionality of some predefined actions and so on.

Is true, for me at least, that the building of an operating system and the device like iPhone all made by one company and all closed, for actions like updates or reach the same funcionality for all devices is more easier with this form, but we must see more far, what is more important? updates? same functionality for use the same device and os? ….. or free of choice?? setup your system for your own tastes?? share knowledge of how-to for the community?? make a healthy competence between OS modders??

Steve Jobs says that is not a battle between open vs closed, but i think the opposite, iOS is closed software, Android is free software, if we extrapolate this more far, we can see the same in Windows vs GNU/Linux, IIS vs Apache Web Server, and so on, for me is a question about the things that give to you the free software and what do you give the closed software.

Android provides the fragmentation??? what happen if we call variety, wealth??? is better isn’t ??? you think about this…..

The original article is here.

See u my friends!!!

2 thoughts on “Steve Jobs on Android’s fragmentation

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