Andy Rubin

Andy Rubin

There has been a bit of ‘banter’ flying around between Steve Jobs and, well, Google’s Android chief Andy Rubin, Google CEO Eric Schmidt and TweetDeck CEO Iain Dodsworth (who was pulled into the fray by Jobs). For those that didn’t hear it, Jobs spent five minutes in Apple’s 4th Quarter Earnings call laying into Android, in particular, describing why Android isn’t truly ‘open’. I’m not sure what prompted him to do this, but Rubin’s response was subtle, smart and to the point:

the definition of open: “mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git:// ; repo sync ; make”

For those that don’t speak code, these are the commands you can type into any Linux based machine to install Android. In other words, Rubin said “This open enough for ya?!” The Tweet made by Rubin was later retweeted by Google’s CEO and TweetDeck CEO Dodsworth even went so far as to denounce the notion that Android is a hard platform to develop for. Job’s used TweetDeck as an example to show how fragmented the Android OS is, but TweetDeck has subsequently said,

Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android? Errr nope, no we didn’t. It wasn’t.

I cannot imagine that Jobs would respond to the comments made by any of the above. If he does, it really does question the professionalism of the mobile industry. With that said, I’m all for it!

[Via: Mobile Beat]

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.