Apple announced really impressive earnings over the last while, a billion here, a few million there. And Jobs had a short monologue prepared to address some of the players in the industry; and focused most of his time on the Google problem.
Apple has a history of “not playing well with others”, but Jobs even went so far as to justify dismissingly (to himself really) RIM/Blackbery, and Android. He spent only a few lines on RIM, he feels that they’re not a contender in their arena of handheld media. He did however, focus a good 5+ minutes on Google and their open software platform, Android. Citing that because of there being so many versions of Android out in the wild, that it makes it troublesome to develop reliable apps across all of the versions. The creator of Android itself, Andy Rubin, defended the platform via Twitter with a single line of code; illustrating what open software allows. And in almost storybook form, the creators of Tweetdeck, a third party program used to access Twitter, also came to the rescue of Android. Jobs’ argument was there are so many versions available it makes it difficult to develop apps, and the Tweetdeck creators fired back.
Iain Dodsworth, CEO of TweetDeck “Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android? Errr nope, no we didn’t. It wasn’t. We only have 2 guys developing on Android TweetDeck so that shows how small an issue fragmentation is.”
It’s not an uncommon sight to see fear take hold when someone is beginning to encroach on territory. But Jobs using an impressive earnings release to try and undermine some of the strong following that Android has garnered can only leave you to wonder if it’s his confidence talking, or if he’s scrambling in the midst of a threat he never expected.