Closed vs Open sourced software… a debate that has often been narrowed down to the two powerhouses of mobile technology; iOS vs Android. This week we discussed the differences, the benefits and the limitations of open and closed source software. Here are the main differences between the two:
-Apple has total control of iOS
-iOS controls, monitors, censors, and can remove any and all apps on the app store
-Only Apple developers can work on iOS
-There is only one hardware manufacturer; Apple
-Google gave away the Android coding for free
-Allows for independent app markets
-Many independent app developers contribute to Android
-There are many competing Android manufacturers; including- Samsung, Motorola, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, and more!
Ted ended the lecture for this week asking us to think about what was more important. Having the comfort of the easy to use interface of the closed software. Or having the freedom to make your own choices with the open software. This is the idea that I based my remediation on for the week.
As you may recognise, I decided to add to my walled garden remediation from last week by using it as the example of closed software, otherwise known as the ‘comfort.’ I then expanded on this remediation and imagined what the same image would look like as a representation of open software, or ‘freedom.’
Let me know- Are you an Apple or Android user? And has this blog post changed your perspective about it!?