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Steve Jobs slams Android openness as ‘disingenuous’

Steve Jobs slams Android openness as ‘disingenuous’

Apple Chief Magician Steve Jobs has launched the most scathing attack yet on Google’s Android platform, as he laid down his thoughts on the open versus closed debate.

Speaking at Apple’s quarterly earnings call last night, Mr Jobs vehemently argued against the notion that Google’s platform is more open than Apple’s own iOS platform, blaming the California neighbour for being “disingenuous” in its tactics.

He said: "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.”

He brought up arch rival Microsoft’s Windows operating system, as an example, which he called more open than Google’s “fragmented” model.

“The first thing most of us think about when we hear the work open is Windows which is available on a variety of devices.

“Unlike Windows, however, where most PCs have the same user interface and run the same app, Android is very fragmented.“

He added: “Many Android OEMs, including the two largest, HTC and Motorola install proprietary user interfaces to differentiate themselves from the commodity Android experience.

"The users will have to figure it all out. Compare this with iPhone, where every handset works the same.”

Mr Jobs went to criticise Google’s app marketplace, the Android Market, as part of the problem and stated examples of Android partners having to create their own separate apps which he claims only adds to the confusion of the consumers.

He cited apps such as TweetDeck, which recently launched on Android of having “to contend with more than 100 different versions of Android software on 244 different handsets”.

"In reality, we think the open versus closed argument is just a smokescreen to try and hide the real issue, which is, what's best for the customer, fragmented versus integrated,” said Jobs.

“We think Android is very, very fragmented and becoming more fragmented by the day.”

The Apple head honcho reiterated that his company is committed to a more “integrated” approach “no matter how many times Google tries to characterize it as closed”.

“We are confident that it will triumph over Google's fragmented approach, no matter how many times Google tries to characterize it as open."

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