Steve Jobs Slams Android in Earnings Report

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance on the company’s fourth quarter earnings report conference call Monday afternoon where he took on Google’s Android platform and 7-inch tablet computers.

Mr. Jobs called the Android platform fragmented and said that the number of proprietary interfaces phone makers drop on top of the OS make it difficult for end users to sort out how to perform the same tasks on different devices. In contrast, he pointed out, Apple’s iOS model offers a consistent interface across the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

“Google loves to characterize Android as open and IOS and iPhone as closed,” Mr Jobs said. “We find this a bit disingenuius and clouding the real difference between our two approaches.”

Jobs calls Android “fragmented”

It was open season on the soon to be released wave of 7-inch tablet devices from competitors, too. Mr. Jobs claimed the 7-inch form factor offers less than half the screen space compared to the iPad’s 9.7-inch display. He added that the iPad offers the smallest screen size possible to offer an acceptable tablet user interface.

“We’re out to win this one,” Mr. Jobs said.

Apple reported Us$4.34 billion in profit on $20.3 billion in revenue for its fourth fiscal quarter. The company sold a record number 3.89 million Macs, 14.1 million iPhones, and 4.19 million iPads during the quarter.

Apple is currently trading after hours at $301.32, down 16.68 (-5.25%).

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Lee Dronick

“make it difficult for end users to sort out how to perform the same tasks on different devices.”

Well to be fair a person probably only has one Android phone at a time and only has to know way to do things, but point taken.


Well, this really puts the nix on all those rumors of a 7” iPad, that have been all over the Mac and general tech blogs, lately.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Yeah, shame about the 7” iPad and Jobs’ inability to envision how one might use one without sandpaper for fingers. Just make it a giant Android phone and it’s a winner in the car. More space to touch, more map to display. Oh well, Jobs is in for a shock.


I think Jobs is correct about the 7” tablet size being wrong. One of the things that pleasantly surprised me about the iPad was my ability to type comfortably on the virtual keyboard. This dramatically increases the versatility and potential of the device. The downside to the iPad is the size. It is too large to place in a pocket. However, as the size is large enough to be productive (typing, reading, etc.) it fits perfectly in the role it was intended.

The 7” size, IMHO, will converge at the worst possible place; too large to put in your pocket (portability), but too small to be productive. I can see the size working well for a device that is only used as a media viewer, but I think that the iPad success lies in its ability to be much more than a simple viewer.


So we should be expecting a 7 inch iPod Touch?

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Ah, some evidence this morning that Jobs was making crap up. Twitter, er Tweet Deck’s CEO weighs in. Why does Jobs think he has to make crap up to explain his business? The Internet will just filter it, figure it out, and correct it in less than 24 hours. The backlash is only getting started.


Yeah, the backlash from earning $20 billion is bound to take Jobs down. It’s obvious the man is a complete idiot just bumbling through life getting lucky.


Just listened to part of the Apple Financial Results, and heard Steve Jobs’ description of iOS integrated vs Android’s fragmented models. Whether or not Google agrees with this characterisation, it matters less than how developers and the market do. The argument about ‘open’ vs ‘closed’ is an abstract and values based one, two things about which the market place is historically blind, deaf and dumb. I, for one, do not see this as a winning argument for a business.

If the market perceives Android as fragmented, then this will be bad for the platform. Integration trumps fragmentation because it is more efficient, which means more gain for energy expended.

More importantly, Apple has taken the consumer’s eye view; consumers want devices that just work out of the box, enable them to do what they want and need, and provide them with solutions (in this case apps). By both building and describing this as an integrated iOS solution puts the company in a strong position. It is intriguing that enterprise is responding as a standard consumer, and adopting both the iPhone and iPad, two devices that were not designed with enterprise in mind, at the rates at which they are. In my view, this suggests that the individual consumer and enterprise buy into, and are responding to, the integrated model.

Whatever their approach, the challenge for Google, or any other competitor, will be to demonstrate an advantage in end-user experience over Apple’s model, rather than making abstract arguments.

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