Google And TweetDeck Respond to Steve Jobs’ Anti-Android Tirade
Soon after Steve Jobs' tirade against Google, Android and other Tablets, its time for the people who were targeted, to get back at Apple.
At yesterday's conference call announcing Apple's Q4 financial results, Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance and was highly vocal against Apple's competitors. He took on RIM and Samsung (both of which have the 7-inch Galaxy Tab and the Playbook ready to be pitted against Apple's larger 10-inch iPad) saying that a 7-inch tablet is just not enough – and that a 10-inch screen was the bare minimum for a tablet to be taken seriously.
Quickly moving onto Google, and more specifically, Android, Jobs accused Google of blaming Apple to be closed while Android itself was becoming more fragmented with each new phone launch. He also quoted the example of TweetDeck for Android, (which he referred to as TwitterDeck).
According to Jobs, TweetDeck for Android had to be tested on as many as 244 handsets running 100 different variants of Android before arriving at a final version. The point here was to showcase how difficult it becomes for a developer when he has to develop an app for a platform that’s as fragmented as Android. The iPhone on the other hand is a not fragmented at all, Jobs claimed.
While both Samsung and RIM are yet to respond to this, others whom Steve Jobs had named during the course of his 20 minute speech have already done so.
The proceedings were started off with none other than Google's Vice President of Engineering Andy Rubin. Now, if you were under a cave of sorts and are not sure who Andy Rubin is, let us inform you that he is widely considered to be the brainchild behind the Android project.
In a tweet from his long dormant Twitter account, he defines “Open” in true geek fashion.
His tweet said:
the definition of open: "mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ; repo sync ; make"
If you are at a loss as to what the hieroglyphics above actually mean, in simple words, it is the the code required to get the Repo tool for Android working. Repo is a tool that Google built on something called Git, which happens to be an open-source version-control system designed to handle very large projects distributed over multiple repositories. More about this here
TweetDeck boss Iain Dodsworth was rather straightforward in responding to Jobs' claim that it was difficult developing for Android due to the aforementioned fragmentation. Dodsworth tweeted:
“Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android? Errr nope, no we didn't. It wasn't.”
It was followed by a second tweet that revealed that Tweetdeck for Android was developed in its entirely by a team of just two people, which kind of pooh poohs Steve Jobs' theory. But we think Dodsworth is missing the point, it is probably manageable currently but imagine the situation from a developer point of view after three years.
We wonder how RIM and Samsung would respond to Apple – now that some others are already out there clarifying their respective stands.
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