Apple would have you believe that Android is a hopelessly fragmented user experience. Google would have you believe the iPhone is patrolled by ruthless gatekeepers that are strangling the innovation out of the platform.

Both companies are trying to sell you things. Both companies are a little right and a little wrong.

The real winner here, though, is the consumer. The fierce competition has led to two vibrant platforms characterized by breakneck invention, and it seems likely that the sort of decades-long software monoculture we’ve seen on desktop computers in the form of Microsoft’s 90+ percent market share is unlikely to happen in the smartphone world.

Thoughtful post from TUAW’s Richard Gaywood. At issue: the real meaning of “open,” and how closely Android and iOS adhere to it.