Originally Posted by Francois Caron
As a future developer, I'm already more interested in supporting Android than either iOS or Windows Phone simply because I don't have to submit Android apps to an arbitrary approval committee.
Wrong. Android apps have a approval process just like iOS and Windows Phone apps. In fact, there was (is?) a Android security flaw with their signing where you can put two files of the same name into a signed apk - and the Android installer would do the hash check against the first file but install the 2nd file. This is a huge problem because it allowed people to create signed packages and slip some malware into the package.
The *only* defense for most non-Nexus devices is for their users to only get their software from Google Play (i.e. don't download your packages directly from random websites) and to depend on Google through the application submission/approval process that you don't think Google has to block packages that attempt this exploit.
On another topic, if I were to play the "what would I do" game, here is a reasonable plan for the new Microsoft CEO to win some market share for Android.
First, we need to acknowledge that Android handset makers are highly
price sensitive. The current money that Microsoft makes from Windows Phone sales is probably less than 100M, which is a tiny sum for a company like Microsoft. If Microsoft thinks that owning the phone platform is critical for their future success as a company, here is what I think their best shot at making this happen is.
Currently, every Android handset maker except Motorola pays Microsoft $5-$10 per handset sold (I'm not sure what the exact figure is because those numbers are secret, and mostly rumored). Microsoft could simply tell them that each Android handset would continue to cost $5-$10 for the patent licenses, but to make a Windows Phone handset the software license would be free
Again, as the price of handsets drop (there are a lot of $100 smartphones being sold), the $5-$10 starts to really make a difference to the market, and I think this move would really get the attention of handset makers, even if they would be competing with Microsoft since they will be selling Lumia devices now..