The Webby Debates presented by Aquent: Apple vs. Android: The Future of Mobile (Complete Debate)



In the thrid installment of the Webby Debates, we welcome Josh Topolsky Editor-at-Large at Engadget and Lance Ulanoff, Editor-in-Chief at PCmag.com to discuss Apple and Android mobile devices and their impact on the future of the mobile marketplace. Laurie Segall of CNNMoney will moderate this discussion.

In 2010, we saw a major shift in the U.S. mobile market place towards the widespread adoption of smartphones. With Blackberry losing market share and Windows Mobile OS unable to gain traction, two dominant players emerged leaving the competition far behind. The first is Apple’s iPhone, which continues to set the gold standard for smartphone technology and usability by offering an intuitive interface, beautiful industrial design, and an strong emphasis on a curated user experience. And the relative new-comer to the market, Google’s Android OS which aims to compete in the space by offering an open platform that allow developers an open platform for customization as well as a smoother integration with its cloud-based services (gmail, maps, sky, etc.)

These opposing ideologies will become more relevant to the consumer as the iPhone becomes available on Verizon’s network (where it has been previously dominated by a wide variety of Android offerings.) As well as with Android’s continued push into the tablet market.

With genuine competition to Apple’s offerings in the hand held market from a powerhouse like Google, and with each company taking a radically different approach to how they work with developers/what they think their users are looking for, 2011 is shaping up to be the year which will reinvigorate the old Mac vs. PC debates of the past, with each party holding a valid reason why it will succeed.

18 Replies to “The Webby Debates presented by Aquent: Apple vs. Android: The Future of Mobile (Complete Debate)”

  1. Stephen Siu

    its interesting watching this half a year later and seeing how much the market has changed and how some of the things they said came true. This year WAS a crucial year for Android.

  2. WarDemon282

    @poontab You really don't know what open source means, do you? I hope you realize that Android's source was downloaded from their site and edited.

  3. Matt Plural

    @CPGustafson cyanogenmod is the true open android sure but what does that have to do with Google's implementation of android? Oh yeah nothing YOU FUCKING MORON

  4. Matt Plural

    I'm a fan of android but these morons didn't even address the fact that ANDROID IS NOT OPEN!!!! YOU CAN LOOK AT THE SOURCE BUT YOU CAN'T ADD OR SUBTRACT FROM IT!!! FUCK GOOGLE YOU GET A -D IN OPENNESS. Cyanogenmod is the true open Android.

  5. Matt Plural

    I'm a fan of android but these morons didn't even address the fact that ANDROID IS NOT OPEN!!!! YOU CAN LOOK AT THE SOURCE BUT YOU CAN'T ADD OR SUBTRACT FROM IT!!! FUCK GOOGLE YOU GET A -D IN OPENNESS.

  6. STiMULiTV

    By the way my post was written from my Macbook Pro that is charging my iPod Touch.

    The Motorola Xoom is next on the list of must have gadgets & I choose this no matter how many iPads are sold. I hope I am smart enough to not need things to be oversimplified and updated only for the purposes to have me upgrade my device.

    4G with 64GB tablets are not on the Apple Menu right now. For Apple to hold back on decent cameras and no GPS on the WiFi model is just wrong & just cheap & so see through.

  7. STiMULiTV

    I own both OS based devices and I am a fan of both. I trust Apple products more but I enjoy (overall) Android products more.

    I wish that there was a common fully useable protocol that would allow each IOS vs Android device to be managed by an aftermarket or OEM Headunits or desktop A/V interfaces.

    I am voting with my wallet as I waited for years for the iPhone to come to Verizon & when it did I bought the Thunderbolt. Why? I want usability AND control. Don't tell me what's right for me.

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