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10 reasons why open source makes sense on smart phones

Jun 19, 2009, 20:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"The mobile industry is getting really interesting. We have finally reached a point where the smart phone is actually smart and the average user can gain serious benefits from its usage. How did this come about? In a word: Competition.

"When the iPhone arrived on the scene, users scrambled to get their hands on Apple’s sexy gadget, and competitors scrambled to make a device that would have the same appeal. It’s taken a while, but the competition has arrived. Android phones, Palm Pre, Blackberry Bold â€" they are all outstanding entries into this market. But two of those entries will, in my opinion, outshine the rest for one simple reason â€" open source. Why is open source going to help raise these phones above the competition? I have 10 reasons why."

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