Must Listen: Steve Jobs' epic five-minute rant about Android (audio)

19 Oct

Not content with his one-liner e-mail replies, Steve Jobs went on a rampage to rip Google’s Android strategy in a five-minute rant at today’s fourth quarter investor conference call, where Apple reported selling 14.1 million iPhones in the quarter ending September. The CEO of Apple started by doubting Android smartphone activation numbers followed by the pain app developers have to go through to develop apps for Android. He saved the best for the last, calling the ‘open VS closed’ argument a “smokescreen” and stopping short of saying that Android’s days are numbered. Some of our choicest quotes from the webcast followed by the audio file:

“Unfortunately, there is no solid data on how many Android phones are shipped each quarter. We hope that manufacturers will soon start reporting the number of Android handsets they ship each quarter. But today that just isn’t the case. Gartner reported that around 10 million Android handsets were shipped in the June quarter and we wait to see if the iPhone or Android was the winner in this most recent quarter.”

“Google likes to characterise Android as open and iPhone/iOS as closed. We find this a bit disingenuous and clouding the real difference between our two approaches. The first thing most of us think about when we hear the word open is Windows, which is available on a variety of devices. Unlike Windows however, where most PC’s have the same user interface and run the same apps, Android is very fragmented.”

“Most OEMs, including the two largest – HTC and Motorola – install proprietary user interfaces to differentiate themselves from the commoditised Android experience. The user is left to figure it out.

“Twitter client, TwitterDeck (sic) recently launched their client for Android. They reported that they had to contend with more than a 100 different versions of Android on 244 different handsets… Many Android apps work on select handset models running on select Android versions.”

“In reality, we think open VS closed argument is just a smokescreen to try and hide the real issue, which is what’s best for the customer. Fragmented VS integrated. We think Android is very very fragmented and becoming more fragmented by the day… We believe integrated will trump fragmented everytime… We are very committed to the integrated approach, no matter how many times Google tries to characterise it as closed. And we are confident that it will triumph over Google’s fragmented approach, no matter how many times Google tries to characterise it as open.”

SOURCE: YouTube via TechCrunch

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