Apple has always been a proprietary software company, but in his column today CNET’s Matt Asay’s asks whether that makes sense considering Google’s open source Andriod mobile operating system could chip away at Apple’s iPhone mobile market share.
While there are a few open source applications available for the iPhone, Asay says that the it’s “relative wasteland for open source.”
And in walks Google’s open source Andriod.
“Android, after all, stands to scoop up a significant swath of mainstream users by attracting both proprietary and open-source application development, while Apple’s iPhone predominately serves the proprietary software set,” writes Asay.
But does Apple care?