Dear Apps, Why Can We Not Just All Get Along?

Ecosystem could be “the word” of 2013, if only vendors, providers, ISVs and other technology conglomerates stop acting in a “This Town ain’t big enough for the both of us” way.
As an App user* I am increasingly amazed, affected and annoyed by what in my view can only be described as turf wars between various technology providers. Increasingly cooperation – that originated by a desire to have a quick time to market – is being replaced by outright competition driven by a desire to own the full stack. Some recent examples:
Phone manufacturers replacing perfectly good map applications with in-house brews*
Search engines wanting to become social networks*

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