“This “smartphone showdown” is important because Apple and Google are advancing radically different business models to the fight. This is bigger than just a commercial clash between two tech titans. It’s a war between two fundamentally different visions for the future of computing, described in simplistic terms as “closed” vs. “open.” Apple’s model is end-to-end control over the iPhone process, from hardware to software to the mobile applications that it must approve for sale in the App Store. Google’s model has been to distribute the Android system for free to the developer community at large, and let a thousand flowers bloom.
last year, for the first time, Apple and Google spent more on patent litigation and intellectual property than on research and development”
Neither of these organizations is warm and fuzzy but Google is much closer to what I think IT should be about, getting things done as efficiently as possible. Apple hides so much rigidity that it virtually paralyzes IT behind restrictions. e.g. restricting the applications that can run on an iThingy. What business is that of theirs? Are users not to be in charge of their IT operations? Google meanwhile facilitates the whole world having IT that’s affordable from $50 tablets and smart phones to using their cloud of servers for little or no cost. Of course Google profits from the widespread use of IT but so does everyone else. That’s not greed. Apple only cares to promote IT that floods their coffers with gold and attacks competitors in courts.