Rich Miner, group manager for mobile platforms at Google, recently spoke at the eComm conference, showing both praise and disdain for the iPhone. According toYahoo, Miner said that while Apple "did a number of things right first time, first device", the lack of a background environment for applications is a major limitation. He also cited that interpreted languages and multiprocessing apps are not supported, summarizing that "there's a lot of restrictions."
Miner spoke about Google's upcoming Android OS platform, saying its openness well help shift power in the industry to the software developers.
Last November, Google announced the Open Handset Alliance - a conglomeration of developers, hardware manufacturers, and wireless providers - nicknamed "Android". The Linux-based platform provides an open-source software developer's kit, available from Google itself.