There has been a lot of recent talk about how Steve Jobs of Apple and the Android Chief at Google are exchanging jabs. I have listened and read the points being made and honestly, I think they each have some good points.
My problem, however, is that Steve Jobs starts off by pointing out that Android isn’t that open because of its apparent fragmentation. Huh? Yes, Android does have to deal with the issue of platform fragmentation. And yes, Google is (be it slowly) addressing the problem. But how Jobs comes up with its fragmentation translating into Android not being open is beyond me.
Back in Apple’s corner, Jobs was correct in stating that Apple provides a uniform experience on the iPhone. And depending on what you’re wanting from a smart phone, this is a great option for those who don’t want to have to choose between multiple versions.
Apple also has a point in getting apps to work as expected on multiple revisions of Android. This can be an issue for some people, but not so much for other developers. I think it depends on what is at stake.
Speaking for myself, I remain of the mind that Android is aimed at more proficient smart phone users while the iPhone barrier to entry is much easier. I have tested this out with a few people who are not tech savvy; this proved to be the case each time.
As for the claim that Android is not open, well, I disagree with Jobs on that one. But then again, I disagree with him on a lot of things.