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Steve Jobs Lashes Out at Android

pickens (49171) writes | about 4 years ago

Iphone 3

Ponca City writes "Steve Jobs doesn’t usually make a guest appearance on Apple’s post-earnings conference calls with analysts but this time he made an exception attacking Google for marketing its operating system as “open” versus Apple’s “closed” iOS. “Google loves to characterize Android as ‘open’ and iOS and iPhone as ‘closed.’ We find this a bit disingenuous, and clouding the real difference between our two approaches,” said Jobs. "Android is very fragmented. Many Android [manufacturers], including the two largest, HTC and Motorola, install proprietary user interfaces to differentiate themselves from the commodity Android experience. The user's left to figure it out. Compare this to iPhone, where every handset works the same." Jobs stated that the real debate is between “fragmented versus integrated” and which is better for the consumer. "When selling to users who want their devices to just work, we believe integrated will trump fragmented every time. And we also think our developers can be more innovative if they can target a singular platform rather than a hundred variants.” Jobs also criticized the Android Marketplace, pointing out that there are at least three other app stores being launched by vendors, causing confusion for users and work for developers. “This is gonna be a mess for both users and developers,” Jobs said. “Contrast this with Apple’s integrated App Store, which offers users the easiest-to-use, largest app store in the world, preloaded on every iPhone.”"

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Open? (1)

Qwavel (733416) | about 4 years ago | (#33940998)

This reminds me of some of the reasons that the communists thought that their central planned economies were going to crush the inefficient Western economies!

But seriously, even though the Android phones available from your local carrier have been locked down, making them far from ideal for the open-source purist or the tinkerer, they are still very 'open' in a way that I believe is critical for all consumers: the Android Market.

Though the Android Market needs a lot of work the fact that it is only minimally and consistently censored is very significant. The way that Apple is managing its App Store - killing apps that provide undesirable competition to Apple or its buddies, that criticize the wrong politicians, etc. - will harm the platform, not to mention its users. Not to mention the fact that it is simply insulting to its users.

So 'open' has many different meanings, and while one type of openness is gone by the time Android reaches your phone, others are still there.

Some defense (1)

BatGnat (1568391) | about 4 years ago | (#33941260)

So he is upset about being "closed", and his defense of that is to emphasize that Apple is closed.

So? (1)

froggymana (1896008) | about 4 years ago | (#33942440)

I think that most people that would use Android would see this as a benefit. They are given the choice to customise how they want to and aren't really stuck to how Apple wants them to have it. If you want you can fairly easily run a custom kernel on your android device that really isn't a hack in comparison to "jailbreaking" on iOS4 devices.

You can also run any app that you want right away. Also, if I understand correctly android does have its own app store through google, but you are in no way limited to just using that. You get the benefit of having most of your apps in one spot, the app store, but you are also given the right to install your own apps via a different 3rd party source.

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