Android has its Flaps Open and Was Created by Apple
Elop claims that Appleâ€™s iPhone sowed the seeds of Googleâ€™s Android mobile operating system.
This was announced at the Open Mobile Summit 2011 in London today during his keynote, entitled ‘Thinking big: Creating a truly global mobile ecosystem’.
Elop went on to describe how he saw iOS and Android as the two dominant smartphone platforms and â€œeco-systemsâ€.
Elop says that the big change occured back in 2007 â€œwhen Apple introduced the iPhone.â€
â€œApple introduced a high watermark that said, â€˜this is what users expectâ€ and added â€œApple did this in a uniquely Apple wayâ€¦(with) a very focused, walled environmentâ€. He was obviously on a roll as he then dropped the killer statement: â€œI would therefore argue Apple created Android.â€
I’m guessing that somewhere there is wailing and gnashing of teeth as Android was in development for quite a while before the baby iPhone appeared. Danger founder Andy Rubin joined Google in 2005, when it bought out his fledgling Android start-up.
Elop then illustrated the differences between these two eco-systems with the picture above. There you see Apple as a closed box, and Google in an open box – although Elop reckons that Google still hasn’t decided on just how open they want Android to be.
â€œThere are still flapsâ€¦how open those flaps will be, it is quite clear Google is still to decide,â€