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If you think about it, the past few weeks have been remarkable for tech news writers like me. Headlines usually dedicated to Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL ) latest iThing have instead gone to Google (Nasdaq: GOOG ) and its Google+ social media platform, Zynga and its social gaming strategy, and Facebook's reaction to rising interest in digital socializing.
Through it all, I failed to report a critical milestone. Apple's iTunes Store now contains more than 100,000 native iPad apps, Macstories reported late last month. By contrast, Hewlett-Packard's (NYSE: HPQ ) WebOS and apps optimized for Google's Honeycomb edition of Android feature less than 1,000 each, according to CNET's News.com.
In short, the iPad is 100 times better than its competitors.
Should investors care? Abso-freaking-lutely. History says that developers create value for the anointed when they back a platform, leaving the also-rans to wither.
Look at MySpace. Once the leading social network and the apple of Rupert Murdoch's eye, the company never found a way to match Facebook when it came to attracting code. The saga ended earlier this month when an investor group led by crooner Justin Timberlake purchased MySpace for $35 million, a fraction of the $580 million News Corp. (Nasdaq: NWS ) paid in 2005.
Judging by the relative lack of developer support, Motorola Mobility's (NYSE: MMI ) Xoom, HP's TouchPad, and a growing number of Android alternatives -- none of which support on-the-go TV the way the iPad does -- are rapidly becoming the tablet market's MySpace.
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