Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Apr 2012 22:35 UTC
Google Google's CEO, Larry Page, has just published a letter titled "2012 Update from the CEO". It's a state of the union-sort of thing, mostly filled with the usual stuff of how great Google supposedly is (we'll decide that for ourselves, why thank you). There's one bit in it, though, that caught my eye - something that puts Android's supposed fragmentation issues in a rather different light.
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JAlexoid
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2009-05-19

All Android did was get itself installed everywhere, on everything.


Yes, you make it sound like it was such an easy achievement that you could do it tomorrow with two hands tied behind your back.

And openness isn't limited to a "developer on Android doesn't really interface with any of the really low levels of the Operating System". In the olden days, you had to interface with the low levels and that resulted in you having to get x+y development kits from x+y vendors.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


Yes, you make it sound like it was such an easy achievement that you could do it tomorrow with two hands tied behind your back.


Considering that Android was released when it was just the iPhone, somebody was going to become dominant by default.

Carriers were looking for an iPhone-like OS and Android fit the bill perfectly. It was a perfect storm.

It had absolutely nothing to do with any kind of superiority, or what have you. It was simply great timing and great coordination with operators. They catered completely to OEMs and UX suffered significantly for it.


And openness isn't limited to a "developer on Android doesn't really interface with any of the really low levels of the Operating System". In the olden days, you had to interface with the low levels and that resulted in you having to get x+y development kits from x+y vendors.


My point was that the openness is completely transparent to the user, there is no perceptible difference. So to that end, it's difficult for me to attribute openness as a magic success factor.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Carriers were looking for an iPhone-like OS and Android fit the bill perfectly. It was a perfect storm.

It had absolutely nothing to do with any kind of superiority, or what have you. It was simply great timing and great coordination with operators.


This doesn't explain the fact that even outside of the US - where carriers' influence is limited and most people buy phones at third party retailers, mixing and matching phones/carriers/plans - Android is growing just as fast.

It just doesn't add up.

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