Time To Make Mobile Platforms More Open
from the slowing-down-development dept
Here’s an issue that we’ve been complaining about for ages at Techdirt: mobile phone platforms need to open up. They’ll get there eventually, but in the meantime, the old carrier mindset remains in control, where they’re not letting anyone write applications for mobile phones without making sure that they get cut in on the action. You would think that they would take a look at the history of personal computers and what made them catch on – but there’s this inability to see past the idea that they could get a small piece of every software transaction that occurs. Instead of thinking that by opening up the platform and allowing anyone to design useful software they might get more users who sign up for heftier plans, they focus on slowing down adoption and grabbing a small piece of small transactions. It’s short-sighted thinking that slows down the industry.