Microsoft head-honcho Steve Ballmer has launched the most scathing attack yet on rival Google’s Android operating system, claiming it is too geeky for its own good.
Speaking at the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco yesterday, Ballmer said that Android does not offer the ease of use that Windows Phone does, stating: “You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone and you do to use and Android phone…It is hard for me to be excited about the Android phones.”
Umm, okay. So may be that’s why Android phones are outselling Windows Phone smartphones and even iPhones, with some 190 million devices activated to date? Yeah, that makes sense.
I would like to think there is a bit of a nerd in all of us. While Android certainly has tremendous appeal with tech heads, more so than any of its competitors, there are also millions of users with little or no interest in the intricacies of technology who nonetheless like and use the platform.
That said, Ballmer’s disdain for Android is not the least bit surprising. Earlier this month, Android founder Andy Rubin said "the world doesn’t need another platform" when quizzed about his thoughts on Windows Phone. A comment like that would irk any company, especially Microsoft which has spent countless millions in reviving its ill-fated mobile business.
In the end, it’s consumers who decide whether we need another platform or not, or if one is more user-friendly than others and they are voting with their wallets for Android.
The tides could very well change in the Redmond giant’s favour if the upcoming Nokia smartphones running the latest Mango iteration of Windows Phone are able to persuade smartfans to give the platform a chance. Only time will tell...
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