JoeBorn writes: One of the little discussed factors in the Apple v Android debate is the accessory ecosystem. Apple has fostered a robust ecosystem with a set of standards, a "MFi" verification program and reference designs. The Android ecosystem has little of that, but also none of the restrictions that go with it, this puts more work on the startups that want to get into the Android accessory space, but also gives them more freedom to innovate. HALE devices has created an alarm dock that includes an integrated Do Not Disturb feature, based on their own set of standards. Is this an area that hurts or helps Android?
JoeBorn writes: "Android's lack of a universal connector (like Apple's 30 pin) has meant a dirth of peripherals. Sonr labs has released source code and a reference design that's been used to create a speaker dock and advanced remote control (using the headphone jack as a modem) which allows interactivity with Internet music from the couch, dining room table, etc."
JoeBorn writes: "Google has started to close down access to their YouTube API for some 3rd parties. The process and decision criterion are non-public and reportedly based on ability to pay for advertising. Having a big company like Google arbitrarily picking winners and losers up front is sure to have a chilling effect on innovation in the space, and should make users question the trust they've vested in the company founded on "doing no evil""