Just so I’m clear…
- When Apple changed the iTunes App Store so that previously free in-app subscriptions would now require a 30% kickback, that was a clever adjustment to changes in a dynamic market designed to “cull parasitic middlemen and aggregators from the ecosystem”.
- Meanwhile, Google changing Android to reign in the fiddling carried out by the OEMs and carriers is a devious “bait-and-switch” and Android sucks because of the OEMs and carriers fiddling with it.
- And finally, consumers don’t care about “open” because they choose iPhones over Android handsets and Google diluting the value of “open” in the Android ecosystem means the platform is doomed because consumers care about openness.
While BananaDerek’s retort is a fine response already, there is one thing I’d like to point out: few people actually supported Apple’s aggressive in-app purchasing policy change in full. Overall, the 30% cut makes sense; the various enforcements and restrictions that are added to it alongside, not so much.
But in the grand scheme of things, the more important thing is that Apple’s always been pretty much clear and direct about acting in its own interests first, everyone else’s second. Google’s own VPs last year at I/O gave this big pompous talk about how it’s everyone else’s innovations that were at the core of what made Android great, about how those innovations were welcome at Android (implying they weren’t for iOS, which, to some extent is true), etc. etc. etc.
What this new change in the Android ecosystem represents is of very little interest to consumers, modest to serious interest to Android OEMs, and the bullshit-laden hypocrisy of Vic Gundotra. Andy Rubin and the like.
The thing that sums it up perfectly for me is this: a lot of vocal Android advocates are Android advocates because they “don’t want to live under the dictatorial rule of Steve Jobs.” But apparently, living under the dictatorial rule of lying hypocrites is fine.
I’ll take an honest dictator over the lying ones any day.