If I were Apple, I’d be pissed by the announcement of the gPhone/Android.
Android’s default user interface may be strikingly similar to the iPhones (and why not, people love it). I am sure Google collected a lot of helpful information when they were intertwining their Apps with the iPhone.
Poor Apple is stuck in a multi-year relationship with AT&T. Apple is forced to brick phones and force developers to slow and/or stop development of 3rd party apps. By the time Apple’s contract with AT&T is over, Android may embody everything the iPhone’s OS is plus a ton more. Imagine Apple’s iPhone OS, tightly integrated with Web 2.0 tools, thousands of 3rd party apps to choose from, on devices ranging the entire smartphone spectrum. I like what I see.
Unfortunately for Apple, I am a consumer. They are a company stuck in a deal built on their own greed and hubris. By the time an iPhone variant launches on a cellular service that I use, I’ll probably quite happy with my gPhone(s)/Android.
The iPod built Apple by becoming the default MP3 player. With its multi-year lock-in deal with ATT, the iPhone will never become the default. However, Android does have a chance.
A note I saw from Google to Apple: “Thanks for teaching us the mobile phone market. We look forward to having our software available to 100% of the U.S. market. Can’t wait to compete with you in a few years! Bummer you are stuck with only +25% of the market. Love your former friend, Google.”
How much longer will we see Google Apps as default programs on iPhones? I wonder…