iMore show 307: What if Google had never made Android?

Rene, Georgia, and Seth talk iMore Forums apps, Kenny the Clown, LTE iPhones, AT&T FaceTime face-palms, the iPad mini, and what iOS would be like if Google had never made Android? This is the iMore show!


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iMore show 307: What if Google had never made Android?


Haven't been able to watch this yet, as I have been at work since early this morning. But I look forward to checking it out when I get off. I'm sure this topic of conversation will be very interesting, and I look forward to hearing everyone's take. However, we all know any opinion or fact stated on iMore having to do with Google or Android automatically calls for annoying, out of hand, pestering, and most of all; disrespectful comments from the attention hungry Google trolls.. So hopefully they don't take anything the wrong way.

As ever, an informative and enjoyable podcast. I found Seths desire to stay totally clear of the legal situation rather endearing.

The "what if Google never made Android" section was particularly interesting for me. It made me wonder what I would be using now. One of the best short statements ever made about mobile today was Stephen Elop's " This is no longer a battle of Operating Systems. its a battle of Ecosystems", bit in the Burning Platform Email. Perhaps there is always room for at least three big players. If one never happened, another would have survived - and it could have been palm. Naturally at this point my thoughts turned to Kevin and his hair; I do want to see Blackberry survive this transformation phase and show us their metal. The question is, would RIM have done so much better if Android had never happened?

The path of mobile development was changed by the iPhone, but the touch screen interface that dominates today had many advocates, even ten years ago, long before the hardware was ready for it. If anything, having several development teams exploring this space should speed up evolution of this approach; recent events may provoke more action regarding alternative UI paradigms.

This week end, my thoughts turned to another race - another great adventure. The loss of Neil Armstrong remind me how far we have come in some areas and how little has been done since he made that Giant Leap for mankind. Mr Armstrong managed to be two impossible things: Be the incredible pilot who landed his spacecraft on the moon, with just 20 seconds of fuel left in his tanks - and yet so humble that his first step onto its surface was made for all of us.

We have promises to keep and miles to go before we sleep. Rest in Peace Neil . . . Sir.