Re: Convenient Oversight
"neigh?" really? insert horselaugh here. :-) But, seriously, I don't know how an article about an unbalanced phone can be expected to maintain balance. You are right that Apple has a closed system. However, it is hardly fair to claim that, simply because Google sponsors Android, that it is a closed system. After all, if that were true, the Fire would not even be possible since it is Android based. And there are other marketplaces for Android apps besides Google--they just aren't as useful. Sideloading apps is fairly easy on most Android devices--even those that, like Nook and Kindle, try to lock the user in.
So, criticizing the article for not pointing out all of the other closed systems out there seems to me to be missing the point. The point of the article is that, unlike successful closed systems such as iOS, Amazon is not offering a compensating rich ecosystem for supporting the purpose of the smartphone, itself, to be competitive. The iPhone is not simply about iTunes and paid apps, for example, although Apple certainly does profit from content as well as communication.