Flumble wrote:I really like that move. Of course, they're miles behind the competition, but it's a dared step for an old company that heavily relies on IP.
I'm not sure. They're miles behind Google from 2010 for example, but Google has taken significant steps backwards in terms of openness and "don't be evil". What's really allowing Microsoft to catchup to Google is due to the start of Google's anti-competitive behavior.
Google blocked Microsoft's Youtube app for example. Or Google screwing up the official "Gmail" apps on iOS. (Its good enough to say things are supported, but poor enough that I'm cynical. Its almost like Google is trying to make the iOS experience worse with Google services). Google has begun to leverage 90s-era Microsoft tactics. Full support of Google services is only supported on the Android platform. In many regards, Microsoft's move to support Office 365 on iOS and Android, Word, Outlook, Exchange servers and everything... Microsoft is the more open player.
Take AOSP for example, Amazon Kindle or Blackberry implementations of Android don't really count, because Google has tied a lot of the OS into services now (like Google Maps, or Google Payment). Google's use of AOSP is closer to embrace, extend extinguish
... there's no real way to make a valid competitor against Google through AOSP due to Android APIs being tied into google services specifically. Consider AOSP Music vs the closed-source Google Play Music... or Google Hangouts vs AOSP SMS Messaging and you'll kinda get where I'm going. More and more of Android has turned into a closed-source google project now.
EDIT: Here's an image that more or less sums up AOSP vs Google:
From: https://fralef.me/using-android-without ... -apps.html
Its probably based on tactics though. Google can leverage its presence due to being a stronger player in the marketplace, while Microsoft now has to work and beg for users. Google is trying to lock in users and developers now through the use of an Open Source project.
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