Last year, Google entered the mobile phone market with a Linux-based mobile operating system. The company brought together device manufacturers and carriers in the Open Handset Alliance
Android represents a careful balance on the part of Google, in which the company seeks to foster open platforms but maintain control over its proprietary (but free) services.
I wonder if the position this interesting article takes on how Open Source Android REALLY is still applies.
If it does, it kind of makes the whole Open (Android) v Closed (iPhone) argument less logical. Android is then just an Open Sourced Method of Delivering Proprietary Google services to the Market in order for Google to make even more money from their search.
More importantly, it allows them to start making actual revenue from all the stuff which has been subsidised by Search for so many years.