Earlier this year, Steve Jobs announced that he intended to sell 10 million iPhones during 2008. At first, the claim left many speechless whereupon they began speculating whether it was feasible. Now, only three months after the launch of the 3G iPhone, Apple has not only met its goal but proceeded to trounce many other market metrics to include outselling the Blackberry. Part of that success comes with the recent lifting of the non-disclosure agreement Apple imposed upon iPhone developers that significantly hampered early development. With the NDA cast aside, iPhone development has surged forward with developers sharing their knowledge and insight regarding the tiny device’s programming.
Despite the success seen by Apple, the release of the first Google Android powered telephone handset surprised many with its volume. T-Mobile reported more than 1.5 million orders for the HTC G1. Android competes with the iPhone development platform as a completely transparent platform that does not put as many restrictions on programmers. Recently, Google upped the ante against Apple by releasing the entire Android system as open source.
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