Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Oct 2010 10:09 UTC
Google Google's big Android chief Andy Rubin has given an interview to PC Magazine, in which he touches on some interesting topics. Sadly, PC Magazine didn't ask about the patent situation and why Google is seemingly letting its OEMs fend for themselves, but there's still a lot of other interesting stuff in there.
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Depends on what 'need' means
by Stratoukos on Sat 9th Oct 2010 11:04 UTC
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I will have to agree with him. The world indeed doesn't need another platform, but this doesn't mean that more platforms are not a good thing.

I say that the world doesn't need another platform because everyone has what they want. Apple and RIM (and possibly HP with WebOS) have their own platform, so they certainly don't need a new one. Other OEMs have Android and Symbian (and in the future MeeGo) that they can customize to their liking while still leveraging Android's strengths, so everyone is happy. If Android didn't exist the world would need a new platform, since the second group wouldn't be able to do what they wanted. I would go as far as saying that Symbian, MeeGo, iOS and BlackBerry OS could disappear tomorrow and the world would still not need another platform. In the same way that Linux, OS X, *BSD could disappear tomorrow and the world wouldn't need another platform

Of course the fact that the world doesn't need another platform means nothing. More platforms are always a good thing. They bring new, interesting things on the table and they force the existing players to keep improving their platforms.

Edited 2010-10-09 11:04 UTC

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