Sounds silly but it’s true. The battle between the Apple and Android goes far beyond aesthetics and battery life and into the rival companies’ philosophies – locked or generative. The late Steve Jobs was quite upfront when it came to Apple’s very ‘un-Apple II’ stance on the matter, saying “we define everything that is on the phone…You don’t want your phone to be like a PC…”. In other words Apple has put a padlock on their creation and swallowed the key. Android, on the other hand, encourages users to access and modify the platform, essentially giving them the spare key.
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Zittrain, Jonathan L., The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It, viewed 26 March 2015, http://yupnet.org/zittrain/archives/6