Time for Google to Take Control of Android

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Google’s open approach to Android has certainly helped build the platform’s user base: Android powers more than half the world’s smartphones. Whether you love or hate Android, it’s difficult to argue that this level of adoption is anything less than a success. Android made its debut as a clunky operating system with few apps in October 2008 and has since improved and grown. Still, Google’s openness—allowing anyone to use the platform—might not be the best way to keep its lead.

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