I find googles approach to peaceably developing earnestly good design regardless of platform refreshing and admirable. Can anyone think of other instances of companies or firms that develop REAL quality content on a competitor's platform when said company also has its own competing platform (android) that it is trying to market?
Nothing that comes to mind. It is an interesting strategy that Google has. IMO it's a sound one too. For example, if Google apps are the best ones on your iPhone, that might change your decision about the next phone you buy. I'm not a fan of everything that Google does, however, I think that in some aspects they have successfully challenged conventional wisdom.