So Android is out (a couple of months after I got a Nokia E71 – which is great BTW). People seem to think it will succeed mearly on the basis of having an open platform. I’m sure that will help, but the real issue holding back mobile is the carriers, not the software platform. Getting a decent deal out of carriers was Apple’s biggest move with the iPhone, and Android phones will need to get similar deals. Ask a mobile developer about how to get “on deck” on most carriers, and how much money they get from that (usually around 20%!) and compare that to the AppStore deal.

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