Google’s Android operating system platform, which often brags about its open environment, is now finding itself at the receiving end of the open environment drawbacks.
According to a Singapore based developer, the growth of the OS platform has slowed down significantly due to developers coming up with “half baked” application exploiting the open-nature of the Android market.
Chua Ziyong, the developer who made this revelation also told ZDNet Asia that unlike the rival Apple’s App market; virtually anyone can come up with an app and publish it on the Android market. As a result, Android users are many a time, greeted by low-quality, half prepared or simply non-functioning applications, which, needless to say, causes some serious harm to the company’s reputation.
However, that’s not the case with Apple, who scrutinises each and every app submitted by developers before finally making available in their App Store. This in turn, makes sure that developers put a lot of effort before submitting their work for the company’s approval, Mr. Ziyong said in an email, ZDNet reports.
Google previously defended its open source model by saying: "We wanted to make sure that there was no central point of failure so that no industry player can restrict or control the innovations of any other".