Android versus Apple: a comparison.
Android’s motto (along with all other open sources alike): Release early and often, delegate everything you can, be open to the point of promiscuity. Never mind if it’s still in beta, we just need to get it out into the world to obtain feedback in order to improve our service and develop a user-based system, made by our users!
Apple: Let’s make our systems closed and make our interface not customizable to ensure we maintain complete control and profit of our products. Also, let’s block all 3rd party app stores and make sure the only apps available are ones we have approved, with 30% of its sales coming back to us.
Unfortunately, Apple’s closed system can be considered bad for the ecosystem, with the iPhone’s hybrid model for centrally controlled outside software already moving beyond the smartphone.
In this battle, however, open sources will always trump closed sources in market share and growth. This comes courtesy of the fragmentation of the android society, which is ultimately a contribution to the long tail effect.