Apple CEO: We 'Fell Short' On Maps
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I have explained this theory before elsewhere. Without going into the whole story, I will say that the evidence in the market right now suggests that this is very plausible. Google is a very strong internet-based revenue model (Adsense and whatnot...), and so Android is open-source, hence producing such a minimal revenue, so that OEM's will be highly motivated to use Android to make more phones... which simply adds consumer terminals to the internet... which grows Google's internet revenue more than the value of any licensing fees that they could have extracted if Android were not open-source. So, if Apple wants to do someone a favor... why not push Google to drop Android like a hot-potato? Why not slap Google with a billions of USD suit that far outweighs their revenues from the OS? And why not set someone up to entice Google to sell their OS, someone who will pay them enough money to make it worth their while? The evidence, to me, suggests that Sony will be the benefactor in this, and will acquire Android. With the Apache license, they will be free and clear to wall it off, and make Android into their own proprietary OS for their own taking... and licensing.
In the end, the only big threat to Apple and Microsoft IS open-source systems, like Android and Linux. Sony would like to acquire their own new OS so that they can do what Microsoft and Apple do... and live the old-school traditional lucrative business model. Sony would be doing them a favor by buying it from Google, and Apple would be doing Sony a favor by lining up the circumstances by which that can happen. Strip software users of their thoughts and desires of information freedom, and eventually you will be able to strip them of their software freedom without so much as a whimper of protest... and then Apple, Microsoft, and Sony will own an overwhleming and self-reinforcing majority of the OS-space worldwide.
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