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Happy Bloomsday to You and Isn't it Time to Stop Censoring?

In Entertainment, Technology, Uncategorized on June 16, 2010 at 8:32 am

Still Being Banned

Today is Bloomsday, the day that the fictional Leo Bloom wandered around Dublin until he met Max Bialystock who introduced him to Sarah Jessica Parker and together — along with Buck Mulligan — they stopped NORAD from launching a thermonuclear war because a computer told them to.

Actually, it is the day that James Joyce recounts in his masterpiece, Ulysses, one of the most influential works of literature not just because of the text but because of how it’s been received over the years — being banned in the United States when it was first published before a judge finally ruled it wasn’t obscene.

Which brings us to today’s lesson.

🙂

You see. Almost 80 years after the book was first banned, it’s still encountering closed-mindedness.

This time, though, instead of government opposition, it was Apple deciding that a graphic novel version, Ulysses Seen, of the classic was, well, too graphic.

As The New Yorker pointed out the issue was some nudity — a statue of a goddess and one of the characters naked as he went to take a bath,

“Honestly I never expected we’d have problems with regard to nudity in this first chapter, and the last thirteen pages (still not up on the Web site) have some frankly naked Buck Mulligan,” co-creator Robert Berry told the magazine. “He’s going in for a bath, after all. I’m not sure we’d be able to make later sections of the novel under these rules Apple has set. It’s really kind of surprising since “Ulysses” won such a landmark case in censorship and public decency way back in 1932. it seems that the more things change some mindsets stay the same.”

Berry added that having to make the changes was “artistically debilitating.”

And while Apple reversed its decision, that they requested the changes at all is just the latest of a disturbing series of episodes with dark implications for the future.

First, at the same time they were censoring Ulysses Seen, Apple was also censoring — and reversing itself — a version of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

There was the report late last year that they were keeping apps involving the Dalai Lama from being sold in China.

And, of course, there was the story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist who couldn’t get his app sold in Apple’s store.

The short of it is that we live in a somewhat dangerous time where while information is more available than ever before, so is the ability to wall off that information or even censor it.

The American Library Association’s Banned Books Week is sadly still around. You would think, hope, that by now people understood banning books really isn’t a good idea. No such luck.

Apple. Amazon, Barnes and Noble… everyone who is selling digital content… censorship isn’t not going to work and trying it doesn’t really accomplish anything other than building resentment.

I am thankful that companies are developing devices to speed the delivery of information and make it easier for people to obtain not just raw information but books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, billions of chances to experience lives other than their owns.

While I am thankful to those companies, I implore, beg, plead, — however you want to put it — with them not to censor. People aren’t perfect but I really do believe that the more information that we share, the better we are at dismissing the crap. I know it’s a little naive but I really think that if we treat people like adults, they will act that way.

There’s no need to censor. Let people make decisions for themselves and they will be able to separate the crap from quality.

I would like to direct Apple and their corporate brethren to three versions of the same sentiment.

For movie fans (from Spiderman)

With great power comes great responsibility.

For Christians (from Luke)

From the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked

and, for government geeks (from a British Parliament debate in 1817)

The possession of great power necessarily implies great responsibility.

Gooooaaaalll!!!!! The AP's World Cup App Scores for the News Business

In Entertainment, Technology, Uncategorized, World on June 10, 2010 at 10:55 am
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Okay… maybe there was an O or A too many in the headline but the Associated Press seems to be on to something with their just released app that’s focused on World Cup coverage.

With the international soccer/football (depending on where you’re reading this) about to get underway, the news collective — or as they put it: “the world’s leading source for news and information” — has put together a pretty impressive though fairly straight forward app allowing fans to follow along.

Available for Apple’s devices as well those from Nokia, Blackberry and, of course, those on the Android platform (notable: the Android version supports Flash; no word on the Superman or The Green Lantern. Sorry.) the App allows you to get your information in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Of course, the AP’s not the only organization with a World Cup App. There’s ESPN, Univision, The Telegraph and more.

And the World Cup App isn’t AP’s only app.

They have a general news one for the iPad (which, strangely, I don’t find to be quite as good as their one for the iPhone) and they have even made their venerable stylebook available as an app. Though at $28.99, it’s $3.99 more expensive than a subscription to the online version of the stylebook and I’m not sure what that’s about.

Anyway, the point is that the AP is definitely on to something with developing targeted apps that may not reach the top of the charts but will (hopefully) attract audiences.

And the AP’s not alone.

The New York Times has done it with apps for crosswords and real estate and has just released an iPad-specific guide to New York called The Scoop.

Entertainment Weekly turned their Must List into an app. Men’s Health developed one for working out. Lucky Magazine has a concierge app.

Even Highlights for Children has turned their Hidden Puzzles feature into an app.

It seems to be part of a growing trend of online consumption.

As I (and many, many others) have pointed out, when the iPad was released there was a lot of talk about whether or not it would save the magazine industry, the publishing industry, the Mets from self-destructing, world peace and so on.

And when there wasn’t immediate signs that all was once again right with the world (like it had ever really been that way), there was a bit of doom and gloom in the press.

“iPad still not proven as magazine industry’s savior as Apple announces two-millionth sale” was the headline on a Yahoo story on June 1.

That’s right. June 1. A whole two months after the device debuts and it has not yet saved the magazine, risen the dead or cured cancer.

It’s kind of like the old joke about the politician who walked on water and, afterward, people complained about how he couldn’t swim.

Think of it this way. Miracles — even small technological changes — don’t always happen overnight. I mean, television was a black and white medium for some 20 years before color programming came around.

A report earlier this week indicated that, in some cases, people are spending more time with the online versions of magazines than they had with the print versions.

Another report said that Wired Magazine may sell more digital copies this month than printed copies.

Change is coming. A bit here, a bit there, a whole lot over there. People are still finding their way, figuring out what works and what doesn’t; whether they can roll with the punches.

And we need to, somehow, be patient, understanding. Look for things that are good and encourage them, point out things that maybe don’t work so well and see if there’s room for improvement.

The AP had a good idea by making World Cup coverage an app.

Let’s see what’s next.

The New York Times and their Misguided War on Pulse

In Entertainment, Technology, Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm

You have to feel sorry for the two Stanford grads who developed the Pulse News Reader app, which currently sits at the top of the charts in Apple’s App Store.

And given that it costs $3.99, that’s notable for several reasons but more on that in a bit.

First, The New York Times writes a post about it, calling Pulse a “stylish and easy-to-use news aggregator.”

The paper points out that “news organizations still puzzling over their iPad strategies can perhaps derive some hope from Pulse’s success — or at least its price tag” quoting someone involved with Pulse’s development as saying: “You absolutely do not have to give away something great for free. If you build something great, people will pay you for it.”

Now, take a moment here. Two Stanford grads come up with this great app that makes it easy to scan through content from different sites. Since you pick the sites you’re scanning, there’s no secret about where the news comes from. The app also makes it very easy for you to go to the website to see the full story.

And, as noted, people — many people — are willing to pay.

So, what’s the reaction of the Times to an app that presents their content in an easy to read fashion that sends people to their website?

They send a letter to Apple demanding that they remove the app from their store.

As Wired Magazine points out, it’s almost as if the paper’s cutting off its nose to spite its face:

“The poor old Times has managed to gain 35,000 subscribers in a few weeks, without doing a thing. Those are pretty good numbers, and you’d think that the paper would be happy about this free exposure.

PC World reported the move “created a stir” because, really — as AllThingsD put it: “Pulse is little more than a really well-designed RSS reader.”

Now, if I was the Times (in the interest of disclosure, while I’m not the Times, I have freelanced for them), I would be less worried about Pulse and send my lawyers after some other aggregators that will take the paper’s content and pretty much — if not present it as their own — kind of hide where the news came from.

In fact, there’s one aggregator that I’ve written about (I mentioned his name in this piece but no longer feel he even deserves that bit of respect) who recently said:

“Here at (xxxx; as I said,  I don’t want to direct any traffic to his site), we’re particularly eager for the charge walls to go up. You’ll be able to spend more of your time and effort reading The New York Times, you can come to (xxxx) and for no money at all spend less time and effort getting the news in the Times.”

In other words, he plans to steal the paper’s content, present it as his own and do very little — if anything — to send readers to the paper’s site.

Word of advice to the Times: Leave Pulse alone  — and it’s important to note here that the app is once again available — and go after this guy. He’s the threat.

Krossroads for Kindle or Running the Table(ts) Before Apple's Unveiling

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2010 at 8:49 am
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So, it’s not exactly a secret that Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference gets underway next week in San Francisco and the newest iteration of the iPhone is expected to be released.

There’s also all sorts of rumors about other things that may or may not be unveiled.

A new version of MobileMe?

An updated Mac mini?

And while it’s beginning to seem increasingly unlikely that a Verizon iPhone will be a part of the mix at this point, Apple CEO Steve Jobs promises people “won’t be disappointed.”

It also seems that there won’t be any major announcements related to the iPad, which may or may not be the leading tablet device out there but certainly has the perception of setting the bar.

One thing that is for sure is that the new iPhone will give users access to Apple’s iBookstore. It was something that was announced as part of the preview of the phone’s new operating system and that has been driven home in recent press reports.

What makes that tidbit especially relevant is that a report came out last week basically saying that advances with the iPad, the iPhone and other tablet devices that allow users to read books among other things are going to severely limit the growth of the dedicated e-reader such as the Kindle.

“This is a real wake-up call for e-reader vendors and will force them to improve their products and their communications about the benefits of owning a dedicated e-reader,” said the report from Informa telecoms and media. “We believe this ill cause the market to segment into two different groups – low price, low feature and high price, advanced feature models.”

Informa believes that dedicated e-reader sales will peak in 2013 and then start to fall.

First, let’s just dismiss the second part of their assertion about the market segmenting because saying that there’s going to be high end and low end devices… well, geez. Really? Would have never figured that.

In fact, I would suspect that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos would agree with the high-end and low-end reading devices concept except he would say that his Kindle is the high-end reading device and things like the iPad that do other things are the low end in his book.

Bezos says that unlike the iPad, “the Kindle is all about reading” and that serious readers are happy to have a device geared toward them pointing out that high-end cameras are still relevant despite the prevalence of camera phones (the Kindle is the high-end camera in that equation).

This sort of thinking seems to also be reflected in the latest announcements about the new version of the KIndle coming out this summer.

Bloomberg reported last week that Amazon will introduce a new, thinner Kindle in August with a more responsive screen and sharper picture. It will also be about half as thick as the iPad.

One thing that it won’t have is color and that’s okay with Bezos who says it’s “still some ways out.”

Meanwhile, Android-based tablets are proliferating.

There’s the  Dell Streak and the Samsung Galaxy .

And, as IDG News wrote, at the Computex Tapei 2010 Show, there are more than a dozen Android and Windows rivals to the iPad coming out.

The problem with all of these new tablets (except, obviously, the Kindle) is that, for now anyway, they are lacking as e-readers.

Obviously, they can’t read stuff from the Apple store and, Amazon has yet to release Kindle software for Android devices, though that’s expected to finally change this summer.

The bottom line is that I think that Amazon’s going to be okay especially since Kindle isn’t just a device, it’s a software platform that will soon be on many more devices.

Last November, a report from Gartner predicted that this is going “to be the year when e-book readers really beomce popular consumer electronic devices” and I suspect they’re right.

Saved by the Jesus Tablet?

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm
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Poynter’s online mobile media column has posted a compilation of recent headlines asking what can be saved by the iPad.

The publishing industry, traditional broadcast media, newspapers, magazines… people all over the world are wondering if this device from Apple can saved the world.

But what would you expect from something that was being referred to as “The Jesus Tablet” months before it even came out?

Well, I don’t think the iPad will necessarily save anything but I think all the evidence is there that it’s making a difference; not just helping the bottom of line for publishers but helping innovate how publications are presented and consumed.

First, there’s the survey out last week from ChangeWave that found “surprising gains in newspaper and magazine consumption,” according to Macworld.

The thing is, though, it’s not really about money yet. No magazine is close to seeing apps truly boosting up their bottom line. What we are seeing is innovation.

Take for instance, the GQ app for the iPad.

Gizmodo points out that even though the app’s not flying off the shelves,  the magazine “looks great on the iPad, even if you just read it for the pictures.”

And then there’s Sports Illustrated, which is out with a demo of where it’s going — a presentation that shows you don’t need to design an app, you don’t need to use Flash. They show you can present an incredibly rich experience if you put your mind to it.

And over at Reuters, they’ve discovered that the app, which has been downloaded more than 75,— times — “is showing triple the user session time of Reuters.com.”

So, while some are still waiting for the great iPad magazine, it’s important to remember the iPad is JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS OLD so, let’s show maybe a little patience.

In the meantime, take a look at what Wired Magazine has done.

As Mashable points out: “When the iPad was first announced, many thought that Wired Magazine’s edition for the device would be the one to redefine the way we look at magazines. From the looks of it, it doesn’t disappoint.”

And then think about what New Yorker editor David Remnick had to say to AdAge, telling them they’re working on a business model that will allow subscribers to pay one price to get the magazine across platforms, rather than having to pay for the print, for the web, for the app and so forth.

In talking about pricing, Remnick actually sums up the fact that this is all still so very new.

“This is going to evolve,” he said.

Apple, Amazon and the Department of Justice

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2010 at 3:02 pm
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The report from The New York Times that the Department of Justice is “examining Apple’s tactics in the market for digital music” is really about so much more than music.

While the probe seems to stem from “recent allegations that Apple used its dominant position to persuade music labels to refuse to give the online retailer Amazon.com exclusive access to music about to be released” and states that so far it’s been “broadly about the dynamics of selling music online,” it’s important to add a little context to the situation.

What’s come before and what could it mean in the future?

First, it’s important to keep in mind that even if Apple did what they’re being accused of, it’s not like this was the first shot in the war between the retailers.

As Apple got ready to unveil the iPad with its own way of selling books, the company was negotiating with publishers to allow them to sell books at different prices than Amazon was charging, which led to Amazon briefly refusing to sell books published by Macmillan.

That resulted in headlines like:

“Apple vs. Amazon: The Great E-book War has Already Begun” in Mashable;

and

Business Insider’s “The Apple-Amazon eBook War Begins”

and

“Amazon eBook Pricing Battle Gets Ugly” at The Millions.

And while Amazon eventually capitulated and started re-listing Macmillan’s titles, when they did so, they released a statement foreshadowing these new events.

“We want you to know that ultimately, however, we will have to capitulate and accept Macmillan’s terms because Macmillan has a monopoly over their own titles, and we will want to offer them to you even at prices we believe are needlessly high for ebooks,” read Amazon’s statement.

As The Guardian pointed out:

“Some publishers sensed Amazon gearing up for a legal fight with its use of the word “monopoly” in its response.

“I think they very specifically used that word,” said one source, “as a way of pointing out to regulators: ‘We wanted to sell ebooks for under $10 but there is a pact between publishers and Apple which has forced the price of ebooks.”

Which brings us to today and a look toward tomorrow.

There’s a lot of fighting going on… Apple vs. Android, Apple vs. Amazon — and yes, a lot of it involves Apple — but the fact is that companies are figuring out what they’re really good at and working on improving their market share.

At the same time that doesn’t mean competition isn’t still underway.

Amazon’s the dominant bookseller and the Kindle certainly has helped them. That hasn’t kept Apple from the iPad, Barnes and Noble from the Nook, Borders from the Kobo and so forth.

And Apple definitely leads the way in the music world with iTunes but that hasn’t stopped people — including Amazon — from competing.

Just last week was Google’s announcement they are working on bringing music to the Android marketplace in way that’s sure to make some Apple device owners drool.

So, what’s it all mean?

I suspect that as competition keeps heating up so will the complaints. In the end, though, I’m betting it’s unlikely the Justice Department gets too involved. Because once they do, where do they draw the line?

Froyo and Google TV and Apple(s) and Oranges

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm
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On one hand, I think, for now, anyway, we need to stop talking about Kindle Killers, iPad Killers, and understand that not every device and advancement should be compared to every other device and advancement. I think the world is probably big enough for Apple People and Google people.

(Side note: It’s funny, isn’t it — how we no longer talk as much about Mac or PC?)

This week, Google made big news, unveiling Google TV and Froyo, its newest version of the Android operating system and the reaction was to report the news in the context of how does it compare to Apple products.

“Android Froyo Running Laps Around the iPad — Literally,” is the headline on the TechCrunch summing up of the event.

“Google is Leapfrogging Apple,” Gizmodo reports.

“(Google VP of Engineering” Vic Gundrota’s speech was filled with potshots at Apple’s iPhone and iPad, the most direct competitors for the 60 and counting Android-powered devices on the market today,” according to cnet.

There are certainly comparisons to be made, especially when discussing what seems to be Android’s upcoming ability allowing you to find and download music over the web — as TechCrunch points out — a seeming direct competitor to iTunes. And the fact that you’ll be able to stream music from your desktop to your device strikes me as a fairly cool idea.

And, of course, Android fans were very happy to hear that the system would be running Flash — something Apple chief Steve Jobs has made clear won’t be happening with Apply products any time soon (and given some recent reports, that may not be such a bad idea).

But there’s a couple of things to keep in mind, including — as I’ve mentioned — Android’s an operating system working on many platforms while iPads and iPhones are specific devices.

Now, while there are rumors that Google is working on developing a tablet, and Froyo — and certainly Google TV —could be seen as another step down that road, for now it’s little more than rumors.

So, I think for now we need to be more careful.

Compare the iPhone to the Droid — as Daniel Lyons did, coming out in favor of the Droid — but don’t go crazy comparing the sales of all phone with the Android OS to iPhone sales or Android phones to iPads.

For now, Androids are phones and iPads are about a new mobile computing experience.

I think we have to accept the fact that there are Google people and Apple people and, of course, there are still Microsoft people. We’re in the middle of a technology revolution and things are changing very quickly.

Instead of wondering whether each new device will kill its competition, judge it based on its features, whether it’s really an improvement over the previous version, what it might mean for the future of the device.

And even feel free to do head to head comparisons, asking whether an iPhone or a Droid might be better for readers based on what they are looking for.

But how about no more stories saying how this great new phone means the end of the competition. It’s just silly and it doesn’t do anyone any good.

The Kindle's a Failure… Not Really — It's 'Just Not Ready for Prime Time'

In Entertainment, Technology, Uncategorized on May 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Kindle "Not Ready for Prime Time" as Teaching Tool

It was bad news for Kindle last week.

The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business announced the results of their experiment with Amazon’s wireless e-reader, testing whether it would made a good educational tool.

The program gave Kindle DXs to a group of first year MBA students, allowing them “to acess textbooks, case studies, newspapers and other learning materials.”

There was a lot of excitement about the project.

“Today was a special day,” the university posted. “Each new Kindle arrived in a cool blue leather hacet.”

That was in August.

Friday, there was a little less excitement.

“Most Darden students prefer not to use the electronic reading devices in the B-school classroom,” the school concluded though it was clear from the students that they enjoyed it as a reading device.

“What that says to me is that Amazon created a very well-designed consumer device for purchasing and reading digital books, magazines and newspapers,” according to Michael Koenig, the school’s director of MBA operations. “It’s not yet ready for prime time in the highly engaged Darden business school classroom.”

There were similar thoughts at Princeton where, despite high hopes about paper reduction, students liked it more as a reader than a study tool, noting their inability to highlight text among other things.

“I found the device difficult to use and not conducive to academic purposes,” said sophomore Eddie Skolnick. “But I can see how it can be used for pleasure reading.”

Of course, these are separate issues from pushback Amazon received from the United States Department of Justice, which asked colleges to stop testing the device until it was more accessible to blind students.

The thing is, as Reed College pointed out after they studied the device:

“While students and faculty in Reed’s Kindle study were unanimous in reporting that the Kindle DX –– in its current incarnation –– was unable to meet their academic needs, many felt that once technical and other issues have been addressed, eReaders will play a significant, possibly a transformative, role in higher education.”

Meanwhile, now that Apple has released the iPad, they are making a go at the academic market.

Rutgers has signed up to test the device as has Duke and others.

An article last month in The Chronicle of Higher Education suggested that it could take a little while for it to catch on though it suggested it will be helped by apps.

Here’s the thing… there’s a lot of talk (here included) about who is winning: iPad or Kindle?

But, the fact is that as advanced as they are, we are still very early in the evolutionary process.

It will be interesting to see where things go and how the iPad tests at universities go and what lessons Amazon takes away from their trial runs.

Google this… Let me know when there's news

In Entertainment, Technology, Uncategorized on May 12, 2010 at 6:18 pm
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iPad being targeted by hype

So, the Wall Street Journal today has a story about Google and Verizon working together to develop a table computer… or as the headline puts it an — “IPad Rival.”

And, as expected, the story’s getting picked up.

Over at The Baltimore Sun, writer Dave Rosenthal, posts about how this news comes “”just as I was getting ready to plunge into the world of e-books by buying an Apple iPad.”

Business Insider breathlessly reports that “Google and Verizon launching iPad Killer.”

And the Globe and Mail asks: “Can a Google-Verizon tablet computer rival the iPad?”

While pretty much everything Google touches makes a splash — just look at the success of their Android phones and Microsoft’s announcement that the new version of Windows will follow Google and have an online element  — let’s take a step back for a second and look at what the Journal is actually reporting.

Something about the story just doesn’t ring right.

Verizon Wireless is working with Google Inc. on a tablet computer, the carrier’s chief executive, Lowell McAdams, said Tuesday, as the company endeavors to catch up with iPad host AT&T Inc, in devices that connect to wirless networks,” the article begins.

Right there are a couple of telling signs.

One, the source of the article is Verizon not Google.

Two, it’s not about Google striving to catch up with Apple. It’s about Verizon trying to catch up with AT&T.

Then the Journal Quotes McAdams saying: “We’re working on tablets together, for example. We’re looking at all the things Google has in its archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience.”

“Looking at all the things Google has in its archives?”

What does that mean exactly? They’re rummaging around the attic, seeing if maybe someone actually invented some spectacular tablet computer and then forgot about it? Whatever it means, it makes it clear that whatever they are doing it’s not about to happen.

So, any questions about whether it’s an iPad killer seem, shall we say, premature.

Now, yes. Verizon and Google have a great thing going with Android phones and it would make sense for them to work on future projects.

At the same time, it’s worth mentioning that it’s been long rumored that there will eventually be a deal bringing the iPhone and iPad to Verizon. So, maybe all this is a bargaining ploy?

Regardless. I think it’s one thing to excitedly report on lost or stolen prototypes. It’s something to else to take speculation about something that might or might not happen and elevate it to a ridiculous level.

In the meantime, I suggest we all be a little more patient and get excited when there’s real news to report.

Android outsells IPhone but Does it Matter?

In Entertainment, Technology on May 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm
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So, a lot’s being made of the fact that a new report has phones with Google’s Android operating system outselling those with Apple during the first quarter of this year.

“Android demolishing IPhone in sales” is the headline on Fortune’s article.

“WHOA: Google Android Outsells Apple IPhone In The US” is Business Insider’s take on the situation”

and

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s The Tech Chronicles reports that “Android zooms past IPhone.”

The thing is, though… so what?

As Peter Kafka at All Things Digital points out, “this isn’t necessarily terrible news for Apple.”

Let’s turn the news around… instead of expressing surprise that Android overtook IPhone, why not wonder what took Android so long?

First I think we have to consider the possibility that comparing Android and IPhone isn’t entirely fair as Android is an operating system and the IPhone is really a platform.

Android is an operating system that works on phones made for Verizon, Sprint, Motorola and others. Apple makes their operating system for their phones. No one else sells phones with the operating system.

So, you have all these carriers selling phones that use Android against the one company that provides service for the IPhone…

And that company is AT&T, not a company known for providing great service to its IPhone customers (see Jon Stewart on this point).

Again, my feeling is the question is what took all those companies so long.

I’m not worried about Apple here.

We’ve already — much to Apple’s chagrin — gotten a glimpse of what the next generation phone, the 4G, will be and who knows what else they’ll be unveiling at next month’s developer conference?

And while Google Editions is on its way, the fact is when people talk about a cell phone that doubles as an e-reader, the talk drifts to Apple…. there’s not a lot of talk about people downloading books on to their droids (sorry, R2…).

So, let Android enjoy their moment in the sun… don’t bother them with the question of what took them so long… and let’s wait and see what Apple has coming up next? Could the Verizon IPhone be on its way so I can finally have one (absolute disclosure: I am a Verizon Wireless customer… for where I live and travel, it really is the best choice) device that allows me to talk on the phone, write and read?

Will Google try to evolve Android into a system that makes it easier to be a phone and e-reader?

I guess we’ll have to wait and see.