Last weekend Michael Arrington of TechCrunch abandoned the iPhone for an Android phone as the CEO of Google Eric Schmidt resigns from the Apple board of directors today.
The growth of Android and the emergence of the Chrome OS made it inevitable that Eric Schmidt being the CEO of Google with these competing interests had to resign from the board of Apple.
Apple’s ultimate decision to ban applications in the App Store that enable Google Voice has frustrated both users and developers of the iPhone.
So much so that Michael Arrington,who started and owns TechCrunch along with being one of the greatest proponents of the iPhone, decided to quit the iPhone in favor of the HTC Magic Android phone The Ion he got from Google IO.
Michael McDonald the head reporter for WebProNews decided against the iPhone as he preordered his Mytouch 3G since seeing my Ion phone at SMX Advanced.
Perhaps even Eric Schmidt can lose the Blackberry for the much improved HTC Hero or upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia X3 with its blazing processor and 8MP camera.
Apple is blocking so much innovation such as preventing apps for Sling, Qik, and now Google Voice that even the FCC is investigating.
The simplicity and elegance of the iPhone along with its 50,000 plus applications in the App Store make it the current smartphone leader but blocking innovation within its walled garden are reminiscent of the dictatorial decisions that caused the Mac to slip up and allow the PC to dominate.
History is repeating itself as the many constantly improving and cheaper Android phones will be sold on every mobile network in the US and flood the markets globally going into 2010.
The Android Market itself continues to grow toward 10,000 apps with all the new Android phones coming out and the upcoming 2nd Android Developer Challenge.
Who else will rise up and abandon the chains of the iPhone for the freedom of a comparable and open Android phone?