Open always loses

Wired’s Roberto Baldwin notes the not-surprising-if-you-were-paying-attention changes in Google’s philosophy:

With new changes to the official Play Store app policy and tighter control over Chromecast, Google’s era of openness may be coming to an end. That may seem like a bummer for developers, but it could be a new way of doing business that’s ultimately good for everyone.

Hillel Fuld had a similar take last night when the news of the Play Store changes broke.

Remember how Android is all about openness and how anyone can do anything to your device? Yea, well it turns out, that is not always the best thing for anyone.

I think it’s kind of amusing how quickly the narrative has changed from “Yay, open!” to “I, for one, welcome our closed overlords.”