A recent Infoworld article tells us that application development for the Apple
The article explained that the average iPhone user downloads about eight apps in the first month of owning the phone. Other smartphones don't see any of that action; their users tend to download less than one application a year. Apple reported more than 10 million downloads in the first week its App Store was open, and most programs sell for less than $10 apiece.
The iPhone is reportedly easy to write programs for, but some developers have been disappointed by Apple's secrecy, not to mention its top-down management of the available applications. It's a great developer program all in all -- but Google is doing its best to steal Apple's programming talent.
When Deutsche Telekom's
Apple will still win if the Android is a complete disaster, of course. But short of that unlikely scenario, there will be two strong contenders vying for the attention of talented and ambitious application programmers everywhere. Google is happy just sharing revenue for the Android platform itself, and reaping the online advertising rewards of ever-more-ubiquitous Internet access everywhere we go. Google is still in the early days of figuring out how to generate cash flow. This Fool recommends buying the stock for cheap now, and enjoying the good stuff later.
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