Harry - 2:39 pm on Feb 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
You don't understand.
It's not about YOU.
You're confusing an ecosystem with what you call one size fits all. Apple is not one size at all. It's got a variety of form factors that all work well with each other based on the iTunes core. PCs, Mac, iPod Nanos, iPod Touch, iPhones, iPads, they all connect and are part of the same ecosystem. That is more important than several form factors as the market has demonstrated repeatedly with Apple's success.
YOU as a geek enjoy the so called choices (which really are made by cellular vendors and manufacturers, not end users). But these various options don't create a healthy ecosystem. Besides the Google apps, there is nothing common to all these devices. Some, are not even allowed to use Goggle apps.
You seem to think that the average joe wants what YOU as a techhead wants. They don't. People who buy iOS devices just want something that works. They don't want to bother with updates, cyogen, roms, homebrew, patches and all that stuff. All they want to do is get on with their lives. You want to thinker, they don't. Android is good for you, but it's not good for the average user.
Say what you will about Microsoft Exchange, but enterprises care about it. Again, it's not about YOU, it's about the market and the average user/company and THEIR needs. Not yours.
Only Sony has shown any interest with sharing their work on Android with other vendors, but for how long? Sony is not known as the most open vendor. Motorola spends more time making sure people can't hack their kernels than actually contribute to the larger Android ecosystem.
HTC has never contributed a single advancement on Android that benefited other makers.
It's the ecosystem that matters. Even Microsoft is recognizing this and making sure that its phones and its alliance with Nokia creates the core of a viable platform where all participants an gain.