The answer my friend is—no. Not the flesh eating, blood thirsty ones at least. Those are the work of fiction and they exist only in video games, comic books, good television serials (subjective) and in my grandmother’s imagination (not true). So what does that make Bruce Willis? —wait, he’s alive? Oops I’m sorry, false alarm there.
Now Steve Jobs has been in the news lately, even after his death. With pieces celebrating his achievements, contributions to Apple, the debate surrounding the cause of his death, and many many more. The latest page turner to be pumped out by the press catches the former leader of Apple in one of his more malevolent egos. “I am going to destroy Android” quotes The Straits Times of Jobs in an article which
details the man’s hatred for his competitor’s phone operating system.
Perhaps the late Steve Jobs had the right to feel aggrieved because not only did Android “borrow” a fair bit of ideas from Apple’s brainchild, the iPhone, they were in direct competition with Apple’s hottest selling product. Mr. Stevie J wasn’t much of a
sharer, he certainly didn’t not climb to the top of the Apple tree by sharing
ideas or profits, so Mr. J’s acrimonious comments there should come as little
surprise. However to add insult to injury, Android did overtake Apple as the most popular OS worldwide and the entire affair, in the eyes of the deceased Mr. Jobs, did appear to stem from a blatant internal betrayal. You may read the entire article on Yahoo News, I’ll provide the link below.
The fact however, that an OS can exert so much influence and challenge hardware developers like Apple, flies in the face of the electronic colonialism concept, which under the theory of cultural imperialism states that whoever controls the hardware controls the software. This while true under most circumstances, like how Apple controls applications or app development, or in game consoles where Sony dictates the
games and firmwares for the Playstation, does not hold true always. And
exception to the rule usually causes death. IBM fell in the late 1990s when it became a slave to Microsoft’s operating systems, and now the dominance of Apple is undermined with the proliferation of the Android system.
I don’t know if this is true but it seems that exceptions to the norm above quite always began with both parties engaging in a fruitful symbiotic relationship. In economic terms, if would mean that both products were considered complementary good to one
another; that is, software to hardware and vice versa. So well, if you’re able to spot the trend and you’ve done your math, as did I, you will realize that Android (assuming it
will successful eat up the Apple) will fall, subsequently and in due time, to (drum
roll) Motorola. Yes, shocking aint it. And thy new product everyone will be carrying
around will be called…
That’s for us to find out. (: