Android security is suffering right now, and I feel it’s due to philosophy rather than marketshare or random trends. I believe the walled garden paradigm is simply winning. I think it applies to application quality, user experience, stability, etc., and security is just the latest case in point.
It seems the core of the debate is that of higher quality with less choice vs. more choice with less quality. If forced to choose, I prefer the former. Not only can too much choice be harmful, but a company having only one set of things to work on allows them to excel at those things.
More importantly, though, Sweden has standards, and Africa has freedom. You’re free to do whatever you want in many places in Africa–provided you have the money and guns to make it happen. In Sweden you’re limited in what you can do, and you pay more for it, but the experience is quite consistent and generally pleasant.
I’d prefer a middle ground, perhaps, but given these choices I’m with Sweden. ::