I found this fascinating quote today:
The world wide web is a global network of interconnected communications systems that allows any computing device to connect to it. Those devices run operating systems that allow any application to be installed on them. And so any developer anywhere in the world can build a web app (or desktop app) that can participate in the world wide web.
That is not true of the mobile web. The mobile carriers have all connected to each other and to the web. But not every device can run on every mobile network. And not every mobile app can operate on every mobile device that is connected to the mobile web….
I love what Google is doing with Android and while I’ve yet to find an Android phone that can replace my trusted Blackberry, I think Android is going to be a big success. They’ve got the right approach to the market, they are open in every way possible. That’s the winning model, for Google, for the consumer, and for the mobile web. I’d like to see Apple emulate it, but they did not with the Mac twenty-five years ago and they may make the same mistake again. I hope not.avc.com, A VC, Aug 2009
You should read the whole article.