Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Apr 2010 22:19 UTC
Google Andy Rubin is a vice president for engineering at Google, and he is responsible for the Android mobile operating system project. He recently had an hour long chat with The New York Times' Brad Stone, sharing his insights into things like openness, the lack of secret APIs in Android, and several other things. Of course, the jabs at Apple were prevalent.
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by Nycran on Wed 28th Apr 2010 04:38 UTC
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I think Andy needs to distinguish between "openness" and "freedom". I care about my freedom on a phone, that is, I want to be able to install whatever I like, however I like, whenever I like, but personally I couldn't care less if I don't have access to the source code for the operating system or the programs that I choose to install.

Android gives me my freedom which is great and important, although I acknowledge many people don't care so much about that.

Ultimately Android will succeed or fail on the same basis as any other product. Quality (both in OS and hardware), usability, and most definitely marketing (phones are in part fashion accessories after all).

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