I'll just break it up since otherwise it would be impossible to read my thoughts lol
1. We were talking about the 2G/3G. The 2G could have easilly had iOS4 just like the 3G, but apple didn't update it just because they didn't feel like it, and even though we can't really confirm it, it was probably motivated by money.
Yes, it makes sense that they cut support for the 3G now, the thing is too damn slow. I know this first hand, I owned an iTouch 1g (same proc as 3G/2G), iTouch 3G (32GB, the one with the 3GS proc), and an iTouch 4G (A4 proc). So yea, i saw the difference.
2. I'm all for 3rd party skins and roms (touchwiz, Blur, etc), as long as they are good, which currently (with the exception of probably Sense 3.0/5), are not. I feel that if you take out that sort of manufacturer differentiation, it will kinda kill the spirit of android.
Maybe if you could uninstall it, and revert to stock, it would be nice.
3. Android has something close to 50% marketshare right now, while iOS has like 25%, so technically, Android has already surpassed iOS
As for the other ponts:
-Universal market? There is only one market....and what is wrong with 3rd party appstores, they just help drive competition. Maybe you are talking about how some phones cannot install certain apps or something? That is just because the developer deemed said phones incompatible, so it is an advantage not to be able to dl it.
-Stricter app guidelines is kinda unnessacary. You have to be a total fool to DL malicious apps. Believe it or not, FREE_PR0NZ_BOOBZ_HAX_FREE_4G.apk is not a trustworthy app, who woulda though....and if you are really that stupid, there are AV programs, most of which work pretty well.
That, and i really don't see how you can get any stricter than they currently are, if you have a malicious app on the market, it gets removed, and usually the dev account is closed.
I think they should be less strict. They bend too easily to corporate pressure. They keep removing emulators and stuff at the whim of Nintendo/sony/etc, even though they have not violated any laws/copyrights/patents. Apps like Tricoder got removed simply because the label (Warner?) didn't like the likeness of the tricorder being used without license, EVEN THOUGH the creator of startrek explicitly stated that he did not want anyone to own the rights to the likeness of the tricorder. All this stuff is a bunch of bullcrap if you ask me, but no where near the kind of !@#$@%$#@%^%^ that apple pulls. (my favorite is banning apps from the Store only to incorporate them into later versions of the OS)