Google Takes Android Fight To iPhone

Builds up its mobile OS while bashing it's number one handset partner.

Google finds itself in a difficult position at present as it struggles to juggle its transformation from mobile handset applications supporter to mobile operating system creator and it certainly shows with comments made yesterday…

Rich Miner, Google Group Manager for Mobile Platforms, found himself between a rock and a hard place at the Emerging Communications Conference in Silicon Valley when giving a speech on ‘Openness and the Future of Mobile Technology’. Simultaneously trying to promote Android though not detract from the multitude of deals it has it place with handset manufacturers he managed to land quite a few blows on Google’s number one mobile partner, Apple:

“Once you have devices out there from Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and so on, there’s a much larger potential market on Android than for the iPhone. There’s a single manufacturer, it’s targeted at a particular demographic, and it falls far short of the 1 billion mobile phones sold every year worldwide.”

Miner also stuck it to the iPhone’s much vaunted SDK, saying “There are things I saw people doing with the first version of the Android SDK (it’s up to version two) that it seems like you can’t do with the iPhone at least at the moment.” The 100,000 downloads of the iPhone SDK don’t worry him either as he boasted the Android SDK has been downloaded 750,000 times and “that’s for a device that doesn’t even exist yet.”

Realising he was burning bridges however Miner did try to apply some paste, explaining “It’s not a competitive thing – it’s great that people are finally building tools so all of these third-party applications can be built and get out there. I’d certainly be looking at the iPhone, and if you believe there will be lots of Android phones out there, as we do, I’d be developing for both platforms.”

Of course, just last month Google praised Apple’s pride and joy proclaiming it did 50x more Google searches than any other handset but these comments are a perfect example of the sensitive scenario the company will find itself in this year.

Personally, I don’t care – let the best phone win. Fight, fight!

Emerging Communcations Conference Rich Miner ‘Openness and the Future of Mobile Technology’

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