Monday’s rant on Android fragmentation by Apple chief, Steve Jobs, inspired a counterstrike from a Google executive in his first ever tweet, as well as backlash from the developers of the popular Twitter app, TweetDeck. TweetDeck is a cross-platform app, with versions available for both Android and iOS.
Steve Jobs calls the Android ecosystem a mess
Jobs, in a conference call with investors on Monday, slammed the iPhone’s two biggest competitors with jabs at Android fragmentation and joy about Apple’s iPhone surpassing RIM’s BlackBerry in handset sales last quarter.
Google’s VP for Android, Andy Rubin, struck back yesterday with his first ever tweet which included the Linux shell commands used to download and compile the Android OS on a Linux machine as the “definition of open.” Compiling one’s own version of Android isn’t real useful for the normal smartphone user, but the tweet made for good press, nonetheless.
The back-and-forth between the two technology executives reveals the real differences between the Android and iPhone platforms. Android’s open platform allows for more choices between carriers and smartphones at the expense of the confusion caused by different app stores, OS versions, along with the annoyance of un-deletable apps pre-installed by Verizon or any other carrier.
Apple, on the other hand, provides a closed platform and one App Store, as well as a common interface which works well for users not wanting to deal with any OS or versioning idiosyncrasies. The competition between both Apple and Google is ultimately good for consumers.
TweetDeck’s iPhone to Android cross-platform development
Jobs arguably made a misstep in describing TweetDeck’s efforts to port their popular app from the iPhone to Android as a “daunting challenge.” TweetDeck CEO, Iain Dodsworth, struck back with two tweets that countered Jobs’ claims.
“Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android? Errr nope, no we didn’t. It wasn’t,” was his first tweet, followed by, “We only have 2 guys developing on Android TweetDeck so that shows how small an issue fragmentation is.”
Competition is indeed a good thing, and fun to observe as well!
Columbus users interested in entering the fascinating world of the Mobile Platform Wars, merely need to visit any number of local consumer electronics stores to check out competing devices from Apple, Google Android, and BlackBerry.
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