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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RE[2]: Comment by kovacm
by jebb on Fri 6th Apr 2012 09:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kovacm"
jebb
Member since:
2006-07-06

Simple failure to think outside the box? At the time these guys started developing Android, java would have been the language of choice for mobile applications (much bigger share than Windows CE for example), so maybe they just wanted to provide a path of least resistance for developers...

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RE[3]: Comment by kovacm
by dsmogor on Fri 6th Apr 2012 10:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kovacm"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

JNI was not supported in mobile, so I don't think it needed to be part of the upgrade path.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Remember Andy Rubin also founded Danger the maker of the dangertop/sidekick. Which had an app store and was written in Java. He'd already had success with the ecosystem, it makes sense he'd do it again. And at the time in history Sun was preaching and moving to open source everywhere with all of their products. Android & the rest of the world didn't see the oracle acquisition coming at that point.

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RE[4]: Comment by kovacm
by lucas_maximus on Fri 6th Apr 2012 16:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kovacm"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Also .NET at the time wasn't much particularly brilliant.

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