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Steve Jobs takes some serious jabs at Android



Steve Jobs was on an earnings call today and took time to rip apart Google’s Android yesterday afternoon. I think he’s a pompous donkey personaly, but Apple’s iPhone changed the mobile phone game for good. We have to give him some props. Whether you agree or disagree with his points about Android and it’s fragmentation, he brought the heat. If you missed it, read on for some audio.

He goes on and on about open vs closed platforms, how many activations Apple has, and complained about Google not sharing their sales numbers. If you want to hear the entire clip, Engadget has the call in MP3 format.

Do you buy his explanation of Android and it’s fragmentation or do you think his big words like disingenuous to make his argument sound better?

Hey Android fans, do you enjoy being a systems integrator?



  1. Edward Chaltron

    10/19/2010 at 2:22 pm

    Much like PCWorld, they’re making far too much of device fragmentation.

  2. Fred Cervantes1

    10/19/2010 at 2:34 pm

    i think Job’s argument does not make much sense for some right now and may offend others but time will tell.

  3. aftermath

    10/19/2010 at 2:42 pm

    I agree with nearly all of Steve’s statements against Google and Android here. In fact, I agree with Steve that Windows happens to be one of the most open platforms available. I also agree that Apple embraces the PC model (despite all of those silly “Mac vs. PC” ads).

    However, this all sounds so awkward coming from him. He’s not being hypocritical; his criticisms of Google and Android don’t apply to Apple or its devices. He’s being unaware; far worse criticisms apply to Apple and its devices. It’s like a guy who gets his arm ripped off in a baler describing the wounds of a guy with a paper cut. For example, the type of “fragmentation” in the Android ecosystem that’s he’s panicking over is INSIGNIFICANT compared to the fragmentation of web services in the IT development sector that has resulted from Apple’s “app store” approach to vendor lock-in, an approach in which “apps” degenerate into essential rather than elective features due to the deliberate incompleteness of the device.

  4. Fred Cervantes1

    10/19/2010 at 2:54 pm

    I bought a galaxy S last month and returned it before the 14 day. I wanted to download apps of course. It was frustrating not finding some and others where like half backed. They didn’t seem to be updated very often. I am nor a savy on the topic of fragmentation or closed open but as a user I know Android is far from having serious commitment from developers. I was warned about that 1 yar ago and it seems not much has charged since then. How it would be in a year from now?

  5. Synergi

    10/19/2010 at 6:22 pm

    I currently have a Fascinate, and I came from iPhone 3g. I only went to Andriod because I needed a phone and I needed off AT&T. I know when looking for Apps, I stop to read the reviews and I was actually surprised to see comments like, works like a charm on Droid X and then another says, doesn’t work on my EVO. I see these type of comments all over the place. Even a App I downloaded, I had to go to the dev’s site to download something else for it to work on the Samsung. I think he’s right, people just want their stuff to work.Another thing I think that has me more worried. Despite what Google says, I bought Andriod because I wanted Google. I wanted all their features, yet Verizon was able to kick them out of their own search feature and hand it to Bing. I didn’t want Bing, so who exactly is this open for? Certainty not me. I can’t even delete Bing without doing roots and hacking to the phone. I don’t know what everyone else thinks but thats not open.Last, this whole App store actually has me worried. I don’t want hundreds of App stores. I want one place or to side load from a dev’s site. I don’t think Apple’s vs Google’s sales numbers are going to matter. Apple is on one carrier here. Wait until they hit Verizon, those numbers will probably break new records and hopefully see a Max Exodus from AT&T., They deserve it.

  6. TabletTeacher

    10/20/2010 at 1:09 am

    I actually like Android, but the fact that all of their updates are tied to the “carrier”. Some ship with Froyo, others ship with 2.1. All phones should be able to get the updated OS when it happens. That is one thing Apple has going for it.

    Like it or not, the closed shop makes for a more stable OS and in this case Phone. The latest design had issues, but these should be fixed in the next version.

    Android needs to be consistent across all vendors….Verizon, US Cell (in the Midwest) and Sprint. If an app works on one…it should work on ALL.

  7. Chrisphickie

    10/20/2010 at 1:14 am

    I think Jobs is just annoyed that one day Google is going to rule the world since they have their Rand D fingers into everything.

  8. Roberto

    10/20/2010 at 5:43 am

    I notice fragmentation only seems to bother Apple & people that use it. People who use android don’t seem to care about it. I have a droid and it works fine. I am very happy with it.

  9. Lee

    10/20/2010 at 7:49 am

    Jobs cained IBM for their closed shop approach whne he started Apple. Seems his opinion changes to suit his bank balance.

  10. Lee

    10/20/2010 at 7:49 am

    Jobs cained IBM for their closed shop approach whne he started Apple. Seems his opinion changes to suit his bank balance.

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