RedMonk analyst and long-time member of Red Sox Nation Stephen O'Grady thinks the debate about Android's openness may not be very important. Agreed (even if Mr. O'Grady, who mainly follows the software developer community, uses a narrower definition of "open" than I would).
Android is not open.
Android is open.
Both of these are true statements, given a certain definition of open. The question is whether either tells us anything particularly useful about platform outlook. The primary utility of debates about the relative openness of a given platform seem to be as soundbites in service of agendas for or against the platform in question.
-Tecosystems, March 30, 2011.