Steve Jobs, CEO of iPhone maker Apple, is the telecom industrys resident pot-stirrer. And people eat it up. On Monday, he was at it again during a conference call with analysts to discuss the companys ridiculously high fiscal fourth-quarter earnings results.
Jobs took the stage for about five minutes, and in those five minutes, fomented a free-for-all over smartphone operating systems namely, Apple iOS good, Google Android sucky.
Google loves to characterize Android as open, and iOS and iPhone as closed,” Jobs said, according to multiple reports. We find this a bit disingenuous, and clouding the real difference between our two approaches. Android is very fragmented. Many Android OEMs, including the two largest, HTC and Motorola, install proprietary user interfaces to differentiate themselves from the commodity Android experience. The user is left to figure it all out. Compare this with iPhone, where every handset works the same.”
Now, is Jobs worried about the competition hes seeing from Android, or does he firmly believe iOS is the superior system? Well probably never know. Anyway, Jobs went on to talk some smack about fragmented vs. integrated” platforms, trying to make the case that Android makes life difficult on apps developers and users alike. Thats when the guy who developed Android, Andy Rubin, took to Twitter for the first time ever to say (and this is a direct quote, for obvious reasons):
the definition of open: mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ; repo sync ; make.”
Ah, geek speak. Well, the point Rubin was making is that that exact series of words and symbols allows a person to develop for, hack, or even create their own version of Android,” as PC Mag explained.
The same probably cannot be said for Apple,” the publication noted.
What do you say to that, Jobs?
Alas, dont expect an answer to the question (as if that would happen anyway). The Silicon Valley magnate was too busy preparing for Wednesdays launch of a new line of Mac computers.