Originally Posted by Menno
Actually they had other methods of attempted copy protection before this. Unfortunately it artificially increased the app size, and obviously a lot of people found a workaround. And app signing has NOTHING to do with being open as an OS, it never has been. But then again, I wouldn't expect you to understand that because it requires thinking in something other than irrational absolutes.
And you completely missed the entire point of my post which was Apple insider shouldn't be posting this trash because it has NOTHING to do with Apple except in passing, and the reason it was posted was to justify iOS, which, according to apple fans, requires no justification.
It's just another attempt at mud-slinging "journalism." I started posting here because Apple insider started showing up in my Android RSS feeds they're posting so much about it. So I came to read. They don't even attempt at looking at android, they only post stuff if they can somehow mock it, which.. I'll say it again, is completely pointless when you're on a site called APPLE INSIDER.
They should go back to posting apple news.
First and foremost who the heck are you to say what AI posts or doesn't post?? Google has placed itself as a direct competitor to the iOS/iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad ecosystem, not only in smartphones but just announced in the development of tablets as well. How the heck ISN'T that relevant??
And of course they had other tools they could bring to bear on the app piracy issue, including app signing - but in order to protect the PERCEPTION of openness they had to be circumspect around doing that since so much of their criticism of the iOS ecosystem depends heavily on that perception. But when needs demand it they are quick enough to slap down the controls that they should have used in the first place.
You are the one with irrationality issues here, not I. Your posts drip of Android fanboyism and yet you persist in trying to call out criticisms on what is an unabashedly Apple supporting site - talk about a lesson in futility - and yet here you are. Still.
What is that assessment of doing the samething over and over, yet expecting a different result? Indicates a questionable mental state doesn't it??
We get all kinds of Android RSS crawlers coming in here to defend the platform, who prefer to ignore the very real challenges of the platform, the real agenda driving the sugar-daddy Google that is pouring money into it just to build out their presence in mobile ad business - and once that is established will drop it as they have dropped so many other projects that they got bored with.
If the platform is as golden as you and the other fanboys keep claiming in here, where is the money? Where are the hoards of devs abandoning Apple app store to dev only for Android? Non-existent? Of course. You get a nice body of cross-over dev work - as they port their apps to Android AS WELL (not exclusively), because they want wider exposure - but if Google ever tried to insist on exclusivity by the devs - they would be laughed at! The Android app monetization for devs is pathetically underdeveloped and not functionally improving in the near-term.
I was a supporter of Android until Google bought it - and I knew precisely WHY they bought it and what it was going to be used for. But if I tried to call that out, I was shouted down by the giddy other supporters who only saw the money Google promised to throw at Android to make it a major player in the mobile market. You apparently are one of those who can't see the strings being pulled and what will happen, and it WILL happen, when Google has sucked all the advantage out of Android and then drops it for something better at making money for them. They ahve a track record of doing that - so it's not a matter of IF, but WHEN. And unless Android has enough internal fortitude to maintain itself in the competitive mobile markets it will go the way of Windows Mobile and the other players that have seen the impacts of RIM, Apple and the current Android influences.