Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Oct 2010 12:23 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Catfight! Get out your mobile phones and start filming, because two important personalities in the mobile world just got into a catfight. After the presentation of Apple's (once again) stellar quarterly results (what's with the low iPad sales, though?), Apple's CEO Steve Jobs went on a bit of a tangent regarding Android (among other things). Google's Andy Rubin, the father of Android, responded in a pretty fun way via Twitter.
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The Bogeyman
by molnarcs on Tue 19th Oct 2010 13:47 UTC
molnarcs
Member since:
2005-09-10

Steve Jobs:
"We think Android is very, very fragmented..."
"We think integrated will trump fragmented...
"...we will triumph over Google’s fragmented approach"...
"where PCs have the same interface, Android is very fragmented...

Fragmented Fragmented FRAGMENTED FRAGMENTED.
BOOO!

Yeah, yeah we got the message. Fragmentation as a problem has been a popular meme ever since the launch of the platform. And yet, we don't see any slowdown in Android adaptation. Markets that would try to prevent developers releasing on multiple markets will be unpopular - I don't think anyone would try that even.

What we have here is simply competition. The best market with the best UI, proposal for developers, easy of use, etc. will win, the rest will die, or become less popular. Regardless, 99% of all important apps will be present on the top three markets at any given time. Basically, if no single entity controls the distribution channel, than there's competition for a) users b) developers - and that's cool. The FRAGMENTATION rhetoric is a huge spin, just like this one:

"Twitter client, Twitter Deck [sic], recently launched their app for Android. They reported that they had to contend with more than 100 different versions of Android software on 244 different handsets. The multiple hardware and software iterations present developers with a daunting challenge."

Thank you Mr Jobs, and now let's see the developer's reply:

"Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android? Errr nope, no we didn't. It wasn't."

Nice try there :-D

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RE: The Bogeyman
by Piot on Tue 19th Oct 2010 16:34 in reply to "The Bogeyman"
Piot Member since:
2009-09-17

Jobs seems to have got his info direct from the developers.

http://blog.tweetdeck.com/android-ecosystem

""Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android? Errr nope, no we didn't."

And neither did Jobs.

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RE[2]: The Bogeyman
by molnarcs on Tue 19th Oct 2010 16:52 in reply to "RE: The Bogeyman"
molnarcs Member since:
2005-09-10

I read their blog about a week ago... their tone is rather celebratory, along the lines of "look how cool is that." I don't think Jobs' way of using TweetDeck in his rant is a faithful representation of what they actually claim on their blog. It's a huge spin "has to contend with" dramatizes the whole situation, and he concludes with depicting coding for Android a "daunting challenge." If this is not spin for you, I don't know what is. TweetDeck developers recognized it as such and debunked it.

I hope this clarifies my comment... well, actually their comment, I merely reported on it, didn't think I would need to explain the obvious ;)

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RE[2]: The Bogeyman
by Radio on Tue 19th Oct 2010 17:35 in reply to "RE: The Bogeyman"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

And neither did Jobs.

"Twitter client, Twitter Deck [sic], recently launched their app for Android. They reported that they had to contend with more than 100 different versions of Android software on 244 different handsets. The multiple hardware and software iterations present developers with a daunting challenge."

Maybe you should buy a dictionary app.

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