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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RE[5]: Open
by pgeorgi on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:10 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Open"
pgeorgi
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2010-02-18

The problem is that Google (and pretty much the rest of the world) mix up "Android" and "Android with Google".

For example, "Android apps" are mostly "Android with Google" apps (because they're available in their market only).
On the other hand, alternative markets aren't really useful for developers because their main audience _is_ in the "with Google" subset of the Android ecosystem.
Everything else is network effects, and so "Android sans Google" could just not exist, from a popularity standpoint.
Personally I'm happy that it is around, as I can reuse their stack for my stuff, but "sans Google" really is irrelevant in the big Android picture.

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