Android: Is Open Source Better for the Masses?

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Android: Is Open Source Better for the Masses?
Jarrod R. Worlitz
ITT Technical Institute, Sylmar Campus
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Abstract
This paper makes the argument that Google’s Android Operating System and the open source platform it provides is superior to its major competitor, Apple’s closed source iOS. The focus will be on how the ecosystem of “smartphones” and other mobile devices (such as tablets and phablets) has been impacted by Google, Inc.’s decision to release the Android Operating System as “Open Source Software” (OSS), allowing for a wider adoption of the platform than was achievable by Apple Inc.’s iPhone, whose marketing strategy and decision to is control both hardware and software. The claim will be supported by explaining the superiority of Android in terms of its benefits to manufacturers, consumers, and software developers.

Android: Is Open Source is Better for the Masses? One of the fastest growing technologies is mobile computing. This fascinating trend in communication was propelled in large by the introduction of smartphones. Smartphones provide instant access to information and programs only previously available users from a desktop PC. To be clear, there are many other such mobile devices on the market that do not qualify as phones, such as tablets and “phablets” (a hybrid phone and tablet) however their roots can be traced back to two major platforms. These platforms are maintained by some of the largest companies in a competitive market. The two largest names when it comes to smartphones and other devices are Apple’s iPhone (and iPad) and Google’s Android (phones and tablets produced by various manufacturers).
There are other platforms as well, however market data shows that the two aforementioned companies are the largest competitors. Both have a greater percentage of the market share (as of Sept 2014, Android has 52.5% market…...

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