Apple and Android, Walled Garden vs Open Source

W9EzaJB“I think Android hurts them more than it helps them. It’s just going to divide them and people who want to be their partners.” – Steve Jobs, 2008

So Android’s device philosophy is all about it’s technology being open source. This means that you can root your phone since they give out the open source code, you can browse Android’s many unofficial app markets if Google Play isn’t your thing, there’s zero control over the platform, content and userbase.

This can be compared to Apple’s own ideal situation of complete control and closed devices. Apple wants all software and hardware to be absolutely exclusive to them, this is because unlike Android they do not want their users tinkering with their software and finding vulnerabilities, ruining the experience for everyone.
Apple repairs and parts for mobile phones and their desktop computers can only be purchased and repaired by licensed resellers or official stores.
This control spills over to the specific app store itself, all apps are undergone through this walled garden approach, it has to undergo an approval process controlled by Apple.

This is pretty much complete control, but this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a horrible idea.
This means that users can ensure reliability of their product alongside ease of access, if a user isn’t particularly interested in open source coding, tinkering and making their phone unique (which is the majority of the general public) then Apple hardware is absolutely the way to go.
Why go through all the troubleshooting of other open source products when you can just buy an Apple product and know for a fact that it’ll work fine?


5 thoughts on “Apple and Android, Walled Garden vs Open Source

  1. I can tell your an apple person, your point of view is evident. This isn’t a bad thing but it might be useful to take a look at the issues that a closed system can bring as well as the positives. This article discusses what comes with a closed operating system, may be a couple of years old but still interesting.


  2. I agree as a person who is an apple fan I understand your point of view. I like knowing that things will work and I am not one to change many things on my phone. I just use it to test and go on social media pretty much
    I like that you have linked various websites into your blog showing that you understand what is being discussed and that you have went more in depth
    Good Job!


  3. Nice meme mate, it’s good to get a laugh every now and again through Uni work!
    As someone who has used both iOS and Android phones (and doesn’t harbor any sense of brand loyalty), I can say that you’ve hit a note which I’ve been trying to spread through my other comments on post from this topic, that limited closed networks aren’t entirely bad ideas; it simply comes down to a matter of how much personalisation you’re after in your hardware and software.
    It’s good to see I’m not the only one with this opinion!


  4. I love that you’ve made a post with your opinion. Too many others’ are just rehashing lecture content. You’ve presented your opinion persuasively, and it’s very well written. A quality meme too, they’re also lacking (mine included). I will say though, the biggest selling point that android has over apple for me, is a hardware back button. That thing saves me all the time.


  5. You make some good points here Alan about open-sourced devices and closed-source devices. I think you have to understand that although Apple may have a more polished finish, it doesn’t make it necessarily less likely to break down. What can be guaranteed however is that if it does begin troubleshooting, you’ll be requiring a licensed vendor/retailer to fix it for you. It can be argued that open-sourced devices, like Android, are more susceptible to viruses, due to its open nature. But as easy as it is to invade, it’s as easy to fix due to the participatory nature of the device.


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