Harry - 11:10 pm on May 23, 2010 (gmt 0)
Why are you so certain that Android is the way to go. The way you describe it, webOS is a mistake and Apple will soon vaporize. Android is only emerging in the US. It still has a way to go. And when you read about companies like Samsung developing Bada, Motorola saying they need their own os and HTC saying the same, it must be because being reliant on Google, or Microsoft for that matter has certain disadvantages. But you think Android is the all end all, so it's hard for you to see why others don't want to use it or rely on it. It's not even technically the best mobile OS. The one thing Android has for it is Google backing it. If it wasn't for that, it would be just another Bada.
Google has no patents in mobile to rely on in your proposed "upcoming patents war." They have some in search though, but we don't know how far Apple will go in the search world.
You don't have a Motorola Droid, but a lot of folks do and one of the best selling Android phone released less than 9 months ago can't even be upgraded to the latest Android cut. Normal people don't upgrade their phones every six months you know. Google is shooting itself in the foot with the lack of a cohesive platform and the fragmentation. That's why the numbers of apps on Android don't tell the whole story. How many of these apps are available to all Android users. At least with the iPhone (and god knows I'm not a supporter) 2007 iPhone users can still use most apps. Ditto for early webOS users. Best way to kill your platform is make people think there's always a better thing next and that what they buy today is obsolete less than two weeks after they purchased it.
You're not really answering my points just shooting around because you obviously don't have an answer. All you can up with is blind faith in Android without ever explaining why it's so great and why companies like HP need to fall in line. What's so great about Android?
The Android port to the iPhone means nothing. It's not stuff like that that will scare Apple. If for the average iPhone user there was a real benefit of using Android on top of Apple's lame and outdated hardware, I'd agree. But if Android is so great and the iPhone hardware so archaic compared to the new Android device that arrived this week, why would Apple be worried? Only ultra geeks and a few devs will bother to port Android on an iPhone. And when they do, it's only for the bragging rights. There's no point to it. There's a reason people continue to buy iPhone even when faced with better products. And until Google realize what they aren't doing, Android will remain a platform for male geeks.