Originally Posted by addicted44
If it wasn't for Google
, WP7, and even Palm might have been doing better, both of which weren't iOS rip-offs. ...
Fixed it for ya.
Samsung and all their phones would be in the same place as Palm and Microsoft if not for Android and Google. Android is the culprit that effectively killed off Palm (that and HP only waiting a nano-second to see if the products took off). If it wasn't for Google ripping off iOS and Java to create Android, iOS would still be the dominant OS, but the alternatives would be more different things like WebOS and WP7.
The alternatives are being killed off because they aren't similar enough to the market leaders for anyone to figure out or care about. The perfect example of this being Microsoft's "Metro" which is a perfectly useable OS, but confusing, different, and basically "not iOS," (or a copy of iOS). Instead of a healthy situation where there are several competing alternatives that all do things different ways but are all equally valid ways to do stuff, we just have iOS and an iOS imitation (Android).
Since people have shown quite clearly that they don't actually wan't anything different from iOS (at least in any large numbers), this is of course the winning strategy financially for Google. It's arguable that even if WebOS had survived that combined with WP7 it would still only amount to a small percentage of users, so again, this is financially, the best way to go. What's good for the players financially though, is not necessarily good for the users.
My point is however, that Samsung isn't at fault here. They simply followed the market, used a freely available iOS clone/alternative and marketed the hell out of it. They shamelessly copied iOS for certain, but they merely followed Googles lead in that area. They seemed, and still seem from all press accounts I have read, to believe they did nothing wrong in this copying. With the example set by Google, a world-leading software designer and vendor, it's hard to disagree with them.
The real fault here is and always has been with Google. They did a very wrong thing in ripping off iOS design, and these are the consequences. They legitimised copying iOS. They used all their power and influence, not to create a real alternative, but to basically just say "it's okay to copy this stuff." In their defence, they have that idealistic FOSS point of view on the world that everything should be free etc., but idealism doesn't excuse the stealing. It's good to argue that all software should be free and open source, but if someone doesn't want to play your game, stealing their stuff is still wrong.
When the history is written, it will be Google's fall from it's moral high-chair into the depths of corporate thievery that will be the real culprit in terms of nudging out any legally and morally superior, mobile OS alternatives.
Edited by Gazoobee - 12/30/12 at 1:38pm