Apple prepares for Android onslaught: Drops NDA

Mikey 5 comments
Apple prepares for Android onslaught: Drops NDA

The powers that be over at Apple have decided to drop the non disclosure agreement that has been the bane of software developers since the iPhone launch.

It's hardly any surprise this has happened with developers and tech sites alike left right and centre saying that Google's Android will be the preferred and more flexible mobile OS to develop for. With that sort of stigma working against them Apple surely had to do something or face losing mobile market share. From Apple's press release:

"However, the NDA has created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone’s success, so we are dropping it for released software. Developers will receive a new agreement without an NDA covering released software within a week or so."

But don't think for a second they want to give developers a break out of the kindness of their collective hearts, because the timing would suggest the reality is Apple's arm was forced by Google.

Which ever way you want to look at it, I have to say this is very exciting news. Anyone who follows my articles here knows my stance on the iPhone, that it's a pretty gimmick with little substance to offer, but now that Apple have cut the cable ties binding developers wrists people should start getting excited at the potential applications that might come to the iPhone.

Additionally we will see some interesting competition between Google and Apple, something we haven't seen much of before.

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Thursday 2nd October 2008 | 08:36 AM

Good one - nice to see you finally come around to the Apple camp :-P

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Thursday 2nd October 2008 | 08:37 AM

Hi Mikey. Thanks for the tip!

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Thursday 2nd October 2008 | 09:03 PM

mike you would actually go for an iphone? with a 2mp camera?

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Sunday 5th October 2008 | 10:39 AM

Google will win, Apple sells over priced junk, all shell and no stuffing.

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Monday 6th October 2008 | 09:24 AM response to this comment by andrew. Thinking about it more, probably not. 2mp is appalling. For a company the prides itself on 'superior' media capabilities and the joys of iLife, they should be embarrassed. Who wants crappy 2mp photos in their collection?

Even though the NDA has been dropped and the potential for better applications becomes real, no amount of good coding will fix the poor camera.

My money is still on Android because it will do everything the iPhone can, but with better hardware and cheaper.

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