Hi guys,This was a nice discussion. I want to add something to it. As much as people hate Apple's obsessive control and "Apple's way or the highway" approach, I think that it is the very thing that keeps them going, and what will continue to guarantee quality and maintain consumer confidence in their products.
In the early 1980's the console game industry in North America almost came to a grinding hault due to a few factors. One major one was the flooding of the game console market in the late 70's by hundreds of clones and cheap machines. Since it was fairly easy to program for those machines (like in little to no licensing controls) many companies sprang up producing ever increasingly pathetic games, resulting in a total loss of consumer confidence.
When Nintendo released their 8 bit NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) in North America in 1985 they included a lockout chip that made it fairly hard for hobbyists to copy and program for the NES. Development houses had to obtain a license from Nintendo in order to produce games for the NES and a similar model has persisted ever since.
It can be argued that the introduction of the NES basically saved the console game industry in North America, and key to it's success was quality games and tight control.
Maybe the openness of the Android platform, the very thing that everyone loves so much about it, is actually going to work in it's detrament by flooding the available apps market with tons of useless, virus like, low quality stuff?
Just some thoughts anyway. Kerneels -- Kerneels Roos Cell: +27 (0)82 309 1998 Skype: cornelis.roos "If one has the talent it pushes for utterance and torments one; it will out; and then one is out with it without questioning. And, look you, there is nothing in this thing of learning out of books. Here, here and here (pointing to his ear, his head and his heart) is your school. If everything is right there, then take your pen and down with it; afterward ask the opinion of a man who knows his business." (To a musically talented boy who asked Mozart how one might learn to compose.) __________View the list's information and change your settings at http://www.freelists.org/list/programmingblind