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Google: we created Android to stop an Apple-dominated future

updated 02:50 pm EDT, Thu May 20, 2010

Google IO keynote says Jobs' vision is draconian

Android was created precisely to prevent the kind of mobile future Apple is trying to make, Google said in its day 2 I/O conference keynote. The company's Vic Gundotra said Android was necessary as, without it, too much control would be put into the hands of Steve Jobs and the iPhone platform. Gundotra didn't mention Jobs by name but left little mystery that he was being blamed for creating a dystopic mobile environment not unlike the "1984" Apple once criticized.

"If we did not act, we faced a draconian future where one man, one phone, one carrier was the future," he said. "That's a future we don't want."

Direct jabs at Apple were also strewn throughout the keynote, pointing out either policy or technical limitations in the iPhone and iPad that Android 2.2 would overcome. A new feature to push cloud data to devices wasn't like Apple's push notifications, which were made to "make up for a lack of basic features like multitasking." Android phones can also share their connection with other devices, which was shown to great effect by getting an iPad online; Apple has said iPhones can't share access.

Flash also came up, as Google stressed that being open on the Internet also included allowing effective standards to co-exist. A prominent example was a daughter trying to visit Nickelodeon on an iPad, which just shows a blank page; she asked for an Android device. "Being open means you're inclusive rather than exclusive," Google said.

Apple's iAd was already part of the criticisms, which took the form of contrasts. Google is a veteran at advertising and has hundreds of thousands of developers. It's not working with a handful of partners charging them $1 million each to participate, the company said in a clear shot at Apple's rumored costly ad placements.

Android 2.2 will have AdSense for Mobile Apps and is expected to be much more open, since it will include not only different ad types but won't be locked into a particular implementation. Analytics will be available for everyone, for example.

The tone of the keynote set out Google and Android as much larger opponents to Apple than in the past. Google is already known to have created Android as an open alternative to closed mobile platforms and to have triggered a ferocious reaction from Apple's CEO for allegedly betraying a partnership, but it has usually shied away from criticizing Apple's overall direction.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Hillbilly Geek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    well, duh!

    You become what you hate: look at your children/parents ;-)
    I for one welcome out new robot overlords.

  1. Gazoobee

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Is the first word that comes to mind. These guys are supposed to be adults? Stay classy Google.

  1. cwsmith

    Joined: Dec 1969


    'cuz we all know

    we'd rather be dominated by Google than Apple. ;S

  1. psdenno

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Could they be that afraid of a very minor player (Apple) in the cell phone business that they developed their own phones and OS? Sounds like a good cover story for the real reason Android came along. I would hope Google sticks to its "Don't Be Evil" motto. they seem to be straying.

  1. Fastred

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A plain lie

    This is a plain lie from Google. They purchased Android (the technology and the company) in 2005, long before the iPhone had even been launched.

    Google ... "don't be evil" ... yea right.

  1. digiprod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think they created Android and EVERYTHING else they do, to make MONEY! Like all other companies! Google the company that owns your privacy! REALLY HAHAHA

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Save me, Eric!

    "And deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom..."

    Are the roads paved with gold in Google Heaven? Will I see my dead Amiga when I get there?

  1. joecab

    Joined: Dec 1969


    two CEOs, one internet cup

    I think they're saying Apple should be using Bing instead of them for search on the iPhone? AT least that's what I'm getting here.

  1. boulder1259

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Is this guy joking?

    Google is far more dominant than Apple is. It covertly collects all kinds of information about people and does who knows what with it. I've often thought that Google would be a perfect front for the NSA...

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No class

    This article is full of holes. With Google getting hammered about stealing Wi-Fi data I am sure there will be more privacy issues.

    Google's ideas of "open standards" is what THEY want them to be. People who believe them are the lemmings Apple is often accused of having. I particularly liked the "story" of the daughter who missed Nickolodeon because of lack of Flash on the iPad. Did she come up with that without prompting? If you bought an iPad and weren't hiding under a rock, you knew it didn't have Flash. Cranks and crybabies.

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