@ It goes to show...
>Maybe it goes to show what a fickle bunch us consumers are?
Damn right - I should spend 1000s of hours developing and then give away my work to muppets like you!
What's interesting is that Google aren't taking a cut - in fact they are sponsoring several million $ worth of development where existing free apps have potential - aside from all the costly work around the platform itself and dev kits.
Meanwhile, Apple are putting their cash and attention into futile attempts to lock their platform - and threatening developers who dare to build apps which compete with half-baked official solutions or provide functionality people actually want but which detract from Apples hopes of revenue. Almost as amusing is MS, sat in the corner of the room, fingers in ears singing 'I'm not listening' - from a near decade headstart which should have made them unassailable.
MS and Apple need a cut at every level to sustain their model - Google just need users - and that's looking very good to me since 1.5 million bought the G1 which is a pretty flakey handset all-in-all (1 million had been flogged in 2008, causing no little consternation at HTC who were only working on the basis of shifting 500K by year end)