Google has contributed a immensely to the software world with product and services like android which is open source, firebase, google colab, many programming languages and frameworks like flutter, what has apple really done?

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    It's not that I'm forced directly, but, well, there is a reason why Android apps are in very big part done in Java and Kotlin. The Android virtual machine, ARM, is not 100% compatible with standard JDK - and it looks like a deliberate decision that Google didn't put effort into making it compatible. With this in place - and with Kotlin being the one language backed up by Google for writing apps on Android - if you use anything else, you may run into some problems sooner or later. They are not unfixable, but it is an uphill battle, while in the same time everywhere you turn you will find comments along the lines of "why bother, just switch to Kotlin". And since Google is so big, this pressure is big enough to demotivate people from working on other solutions. Instead, they work on solutions supported by Google. Which creates an avalanche effect - it gets even easier to work in what Google backs up, and even harder to work in something else.

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