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Apple vs. Android: The Future of Mobile

March 29, 2011 at CNN Studios New York, NY

In 2010, we saw a major shift in the U.S. mobile market place towards the widespread adoption of smartphones. With Blackberry losing market share and Windows Mobile OS unable to gain traction, two dominant players emerged leaving the competition far behind. The first is Apple's iPhone, which continues to set the gold standard for smartphone technology and usability by offering an intuitive interface, beautiful industrial design, and an strong emphasis on a curated user experience. And the relative new-comer to the market, Google's Android OS which aims to compete in the space by offering an open platform that allow developers an open platform for customization as well as a smoother integration with its cloud-based services (gmail, maps, sky, etc.)

These opposing ideologies will become more relevant to the consumer as the iPhone becomes available on Verizon's network (where it has been previously dominated by a wide variety of Android offerings.) As well as with Android's continued push into the tablet market.

With genuine competition to Apple's offerings in the hand held market from a powerhouse like Google, and with each company taking a radically different approach to how they work with developers/what they think their users are looking for, 2011 is shaping up to be the year which will reinvigorate the old Mac vs. PC debates of the past, with each party holding a valid reason why it will succeed.

In the thrid installment of the Webby Debates, we welcome Josh Topolsky Editor-at-Large at Engadget and Lance Ulanoff, Editor-in-Chief at PCmag.com to discuss Apple and Android mobile devices and their impact on the future of the mobile marketplace. Laurie Segall of CNNMoney will moderate this discussion.

Laurie Segall

Laurie Segall is the latest addition to CNNMoney's tech team where she covers social media, startups, and the latest news in the tech world. Before joining CNNMoney, she worked at CNN's breaking news desk and business unit.

Josh Topolsky

Josh Topolsky

Joshua Topolsky is the resident tech expert on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and an authoritative voice on technology and consumer electronics. He has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, The Globe and Mail, and Ad Age. He’s also appeared on CNN, Fox News, G4’s Attack of the Show, and Tekzilla. His work as a writer and editor at Engadget yielded the highest sustained traffic in the history of the site. A lifelong gadget geek, Joshua had his first computer at age 6 (a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A), and has been breaking apart (and piecing back together) technology since phones had rotary dialers.

Joshua formerly headed Engadget as Editor-in-chief, overseeing the creative and editorial content for the tech news site. He also managed sister-sites Engadget Mobile and Engadget HD, and supervised a pool of Engadget foreign arms, including hubs for Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. Joshua created and hosts The Engadget Show, and previously co-hosted the Engadget Podcast with senior editors Paul Miller and Nilay Patel. Before joining Engadget in 2007, he produced music with his brother Eric, and never woke up before noon.

Lance Ulanoff

Lance Ulanoff

A 25-year industry veteran and award-winning journalist, Lance Ulanoff is Editor in Chief of PCMag.com and Senior Vice President of Content for the Ziff Davis, Inc. Lance Ulanoff has covered technology since PCs were the size of suitcases, “on line” meant “waiting” and CPU speeds were measured in single-digit megahertz. He’s traveled the globe to report on a vast array of consumer and business technology.

Lance served host of PCMag’s weekly podcast, PCMag Radio and makes frequent appearances on national, international, and local news programs including Fox News, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, NY1, CNN HLN, BBC, New York’s Eyewitness News, News Channel 4, and WCBS.  He has also offered commentary on National Public Radio and been interviewed by newspapers and radio stations around the country. Lance has been an invited guest speaker at numerous technology conferences including Think Mobile, CEA Line Shows, Digital Life, RoboBusiness, RoboNexus, Business Foresight and Digital Media Wire’s Games and Mobile Forum.

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