“When Apple gets criticized for its management its iTunes App Store, the issue tends to be that the company’s rules are deemed to be too strict and too opaque,” Thomas Claburn reports for InformationWeek. “When Google gets criticized for its management of the Android Market, it’s just the opposite.”
“‘Google does far too little curation of the Android Market, and it shows,’ declared programmer Jon Lech Johansen in a blog post on Sunday. ‘Unlike Apple’s App Store, the Android Market has few high quality apps.’ Johansen is best known for being one of three programmers who cracked the CSS algorithm that protected DVDs from being copied back in 1999,” Claburn reports. “Having also reverse engineered Apple’s FairPlay DRM technology, among other hacking feats, he recently co-founded a company called doubleTwist that makes music jukebox and synchronization software similar to iTunes.”
Claburn reports, “Other prominent Google observers like John Battelle, co-chair of the Web 2.0 Expo and author for The Search, echo Johansen’s observations. ‘I’ve heard over and over that Android’s user experience, when it comes to apps, is terrible, and it’s a major reason why folks love Apple,’ he wrote in response to Johansen’s post on Monday.”
“One of the more popular threads on Google’s Android Market forum is a call for parental controls to prevent minors from accessing explicit content through the Android Market,” Claburn reports. “While third-party content filtering software is available for Android phones, many of the complaints raised by Android users appear to have some merit. If Google really wants the Android platform to surpass the iPhone, it can’t afford to rely on the sort of hands-off, automated approach it prefers.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Harry B.” for the heads up.]