The most interesting feature of our lecture this week was the review of the Case for and against Closed Appliances. The most prominent example of a closed appliance is the Apple products, which have a ‘walled garden of applications’ as described in the lecture.

One of the aspects of closed appliance applications is compatibility, they will only work when downloaded on the system they were made for. This creates a separate market for Apple o work within, outside the competition generated by other tech companies that operate on open systems like Android. There is an argument that this limiting of option encourages content creators to create higher quality applications, but in my opinion, the Android store’s quantity to quality ratio is on skewed in such a way because the sample size is just incomparably massive. It just becomes a case of the finding the Angry Birds in the rough.

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I may be biased in this discussion about control versus no control, strict limitations versus open source freedom. This is of course due to the fact I am an Android phone user, and before that I used a Nokia Microsoft phone, and although I have lived with their clunky designs I learnt that the open source is just always preferable, whether the younger me wanted to find an emulator for Gameboy games or download full movies and transfer them to my phone, I could only do that with the phone I had.