If you are someone who is even slightly interested in Technology, then you must have heard the horns of war being blown between Google and Apple. Over the past year the companies grew apart from allies to fierce competitors climaxing with Google's release of Nexus One, the smart phone that is touted as the only real threat to Apple's iPhone. And the Syrian blogosphere joined in the bloggers war.
A few months ago, Ardroid was launched. Touted as the “first Arabic website” focused on reviews, tips, and tweaks related to Google's new Android OS. The website went into the war of words head on with its reviews of Android phones, and its comparisons to the iPhone and more recently the iPad. Most recently commenting on the latest remarks from Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO and mastermind, about Google:
The response from the Apple community came in quick, with the launch of iPhad – a technology website focused on the iPhone and the newly released iPad. And don't let the striking similarity in design fool you, they also mean business, and just like that in their Statement No. 1, they went on the offense:
2- سنكون عن قرب من المنتجات والبرامج ولن نلقي الكلام على عواهنه دون تجربة
3- منهجنا ليس الكلام فقط دون العمل بل ستكون لنا أعمالنا ومنتجاتنا الخاصة بالايفون والاي باد ومن اجل ذلك كانت مختبرات ومعامل الآي فاد.
4- بعيدون جداً عن التعصب ولن نقارن بمنتجات أخرى منافسة وننتقصها عكس ماتفعله الكثير من المواقع.
2- We will bring first-hand experience of the products and the software and our evaluations will be based on experience.
3- Our approach will also have a practical side to it, with our own designs and products directed at the iPhone and iPad markets, and with it our own iPhad labs.
4- We will far from intolerance and will not be bringing humiliating comparisons with other competitive products, unlike many other websites.
And so, the battle begins for the hearts and minds and phones of Syrian and Arab techies.