Apple has changed its policies opening the way for Flash apps. Â Another blogger says Android isn’t that open after all.
Apple has decided to change itsÂ policies on apps. Â You now use cross-platform compilers like Flash to create an iPhone app. Â They are even releasing theÂ App Store Review Guidelines.
There are 2 opinions that I have and agree with. Â The first is that Android’s openness motivated Apple toÂ change their minds. Â I have read many blogs from many developers simply quitting Apple development altogether due to their polices. Â The second is thatÂ UnitywasÂ not that different than Flash. Â Yet, apps based on Unity were allowed in the app store.
Overall, I think is a big win for developers and consumers.
TechCrunch’s MC Siegler has 2 interesting opinions on Android’s popularity. Â He says it isÂ only popular because Android phones are on networks other than AT&T. Â People replied to him and said Android was popular due to its openness. Â HeÂ roundly disagrees with that opinion and says that carriers make Android more closed .
The Gartner group’sÂ forecast for the smartphone market says that Android will finish the year as the second most popular.
I think only developers can really point to openness as a selling point of Android. Â It takes a veryÂ technically proficient person to understand Apple’s app store policies and how restrictive they were. Â The average person may not say openness and the ability to do this or that, but they will understand the problems associated with Apple’s policies. Â In the end, consumers are choosing Android for its openness without knowing it.