Don't cross this guy
Steve Jobs has nothing but mean things to say about Google and the way it's been eating into Apple's business, calling Android a disingenous platform and bringing up the fact that Google CEO Eric Schmidt dropped from Apple's Board of Directors earlier this year.
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Jobs confirmed the departure of Schmidt in a press release, and then blasted away Schmidt's company in an earnings call with investors.
"Google loves to characterize Android as ‘open’ and iOS and iPhone as ‘closed.’ We find this a bit disingenuous, and clouding the real difference between our two approaches," said Jobs, jabbing at the fact that Android has become fragmented, split apart, because different phones have different technical specs and it leads to confusion among consumers.
"Many Android [manufacturers], including the two largest, HTC and Motorola, install proprietary user interfaces to differentiate themselves from the commodity Android experience. The user's left to figure it out. Compare this to iPhone, where every handset works the same," he said.
In a more direct barb, Jobs stated plainly that Android is a "mess for both users and developers" and nothing at all like "Apple’s integrated App Store, which offers users the easiest-to-use, largest app store in the world."
You may recall Steve Jobs as the guy who could never admit there was a design flaw in the iPhone 4, even though by his own admission it had more dropped calls than any previous iPhone.
Jobs is certainly one of the most arrogant people in the entire tech world and the only thing surprising is that it took him this long to really go after Android. I guess he just now finally sees Android as a threat.
The iPhone still remains the top-selling handset in the US by far, but when it comes to operating systems, Android is king. That's because it is available on every mobile carrier and every manufacturer has access to it. It's very different than Apple's closed off iOS system that only it uses.
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