All is not necessarily blissful in the land of open mobile software. Though much of the industry has embraced the notion that open platforms, coupled with open operating systems, will create endless new possibilities for applications and services, there isn’t much agreement on what kind of ‘open’ will bring them about.
The Open Mobile Summit last week in San Francisco demonstrated that disagreement with alacrity. Speakers from all over the industry showed up to offer their opinions on the meaning of open, how we get there and how money can be made off of it. That seems pretty straight-forward, but most of the attendees I talked to left with more questions than they had beofre they arrived. There certainly wasn’t a lack of information or a shortage of people to supply it. The problem was that the differing viewpoints and business agendas of those supplying the information didn’t paint any clear pictures. Open is basically what each company chooses to make of it. more