Steve Ballmer: “You’ve got to remember Android is version one….and it looks like version one”

In a recent interview with the BBC, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer spoke at length about the search industry and how the current ecomonic downtime could have an impact on technology.

As the interview progressed to mobile search, Ballmer was asked about his thoughts on Android and what effect it will have on the Windows Mobile platform:

“You’ve got to remember Android is version one….and it looks like version one,” he said.

“They’ve got one handset maker, we’ve got 55. They’re available through one operator, we’ve got 175.”

Ballmer also noted that an open-source solution would not be attractive to phone manufacturers predicting that Windows Mobile would stay ahead of the likes of Blackberry, Apple’s iPhone and Google Android for some time to come.

[via BBC.co.uk]

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  • http://www.OrganizedFellow.com OrganizedFellow

    “You’ve got to remember Android is version one….and it looks like version one,” he said.
    Just like a majority of Open Source applications, the development time for new versions is rather short. How long did it take for Win98 to become ME? ME to XP? XP to Vista?
    Right, you get the point Steve!
    While Microsoft takes years (literally) to update their software, Open Source developers do not.

    “They’ve got one handset maker, we’ve got 55. They’re available through one operator, we’ve got 175.”
    *slaps*steve*across*face*
    Looky here Steve (http://www.openhandsetalliance.com/oha_members.html)
    Handset Manufacturers = Samsung Electronics, Motorola, Inc., LG Electronics, Inc., and HTC Corporation.
    Mobile Operators = Telefónica, Telecom Italia, T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel, NTT DoCoMo, Inc., KDDI CORPORATION , and China Mobile Communications Corporation.

    And while we are at it Steve, let’s look at the Software Companies!
    SONiVOX, SkyPop, PacketVideo (PV), Nuance Communications, Inc., LiveWire Mobile, LivingImage LTD., Google Inc., Esmertec, eBay Inc., and Ascender Corp.

    But wait Steve! We also have Semiconductor Companies, too!
    Texas Instruments Incorporated, Synaptics, Inc., SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc., Qualcomm Inc., NVIDIA Corporation, Marvell Semiconductor, Inc., Intel Corporation, Broadcom Corporation, and Audience.

    While this was/is just a blatant Copy/Paste from http://www.openhandsetalliance.com/oha_members.html, Steve should know better … tsk tsk.

  • http://techinnoreview.exteen.com/ Ahu

    Just version one but greater than something 6.1