Apple vs Android

We’ve heard a lot of criticisms about Android as a platform, including fragmentation, patent infringements, a copycat mentality, and a platform that has been made cheap by the proliferation of inexpensive, low-end devices. But a recent interview with a venture capitalist has brought Android criticism to a whole new level.

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It took 16 years since the first smart phone came out, but the number of smartphones in use has recently exceeded one billion. According to Strategy Analytics, that equals about 1 out of every 7 people who now own a smartphone. With major smartphone companies like Apple, Samsung, HTC, and Motorola raking in billions of dollars a year, it’s not surprise they’re being so competitive.

HP Android

In an interview with Fox Business yesterday, HP CEO Meg Whitman said that “we have to ultimately offer a smartphone.” So we know that HP has a smartphone on the way, but the question is: what is going to power it? Is it even possible that it could be Android?

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Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman believes that webOS can play an important role in the future as an open-source mobile operating system. Once Google successfully purchases Motorola Mobility, Whitman believes Android could become closed-source. Even though the complete impact of webOS will take up to 4 years, Whitman promised that HP will remain patient. The CEO gave a speech at the HP Global Partner Conference held in Las Vegas last Wednesday and gave some very decent points.  “Apple is great, it’s on fire, but iOS is a closed system. Google could end up that way with the purchase of Motorola; Android…