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.