Andy Rubin: ‘I don’t believe that your phone should be an assistant’

There’s been a lot of talk lately on voice commands since Apple introduced Siri a couple of weeks ago. Apple’s concept is to make Siri a personal assistant, but Google Senior Vice President of Mobile, Andy Rubin said, “I don’t believe that your phone should be an assistant. Your phone is a tool for communicating. You shouldn’t be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone.”

He went on to say, “To some degree it is natural for you to talk to your phone,” but it has always been about talking to another person.

Finally he said, “This isn’t a new notion,” and “In projecting the future, I think Apple did a good job of figuring out when the technology was ready to be consumer-grade.”

Are you feeling like you need a personal assistant on your phone? Of course, Google already has Voice Actions already built into Android, but if you feel slighted and want something similar, give Iris a try.

[via allthingsd]

Google Music Store’s special “twist” may be peer-to-peer sharing

On Wednesday, Andy Rubin, our fearless leader of Android, said that Google’s Music Store will offer some kind of special “twist” that will differentiate it from other music store competitors. When speaking to Business Insider, an anonymous record industry insider said the “twist” is a new sharing feature that allows Google Music users to share songs with others “on a limited basis.” Apparently, the catch is that once users purchase a song and share it with friends, the friends will only have a limited time until the sharing will expire, teasing them just enough to make them want their very own copy. This record industry insider also said that Google Music will allow users to “pin” songs to their device, essentially caching songs for play when no network connection is available.

This type of service reminds some people of the free version of Spotify, a music service that also allows users to share music but with the occasional advertisement sprinkled within. Like Spotify, Google must be paying major record labels a large sum of up-front cash to get these kind of rights, smaller indie labels are reportedly not getting any extra funds.

The record industry insider also said that Google Music will allow users to “pin” songs to their device, essentially caching songs for play when no network connection is available, but won’t have on-demand caching like that of other paid subscription music services. It is still unclear as to when Google will launch this new service, but rumors suggest it should arrive sometime this quarter.

[via Business Insider]

Andy Rubin Doesn’t Think There Should Be Tablet-Only Apps

Google’s mobile chief Andy Rubin took a pointed position at the All Thing D’s AsiaD conference when pressed on the issue of what some Android users would deem an insufficient amount of tablet-optimized apps.

“I don’t think there should be apps specific to a tablet.” – Andy Rubin

The Android founder elaborated on his assertion while managing to touch a bit on the future direction of Ice Cream Sandwich, “if someone makes an ICS app it’s going to run on phones and it’s going to run on tablets,” he said. This direction would mean incorporating more single apps with the ability to scale to the different handset and tablet device screen sizes,  thereby allowing a fluent switch from handset to tablet and back, as needed by the user throughout the day.

For my own consumption, I favor a focus on single scaling-capable apps and have found that most specimens I’ve tried provided mostly comfortable functionality and a solid, proportionate appearance. Though I must say, each app download is basically a crap shoot as it’s not until after you get hands on with it that you know for sure how well it truly holds up. Looking forward, if Google diligently beefs up the quality of these kinds of apps and provides these optimizations for a larger selection, I am definitely on board.

[via timn]

Apple Claims Andy Rubin Allegedly Got Inspiration for Android Framework while Working at Apple

Before I report this news for you, I want to point out one of the patents in question here in case you’ve missed it. U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647 involves the following. When you receive an incoming message on your iPhone containing a phone number, web link, e-mail address, or street address, this information is highlighted and turned into a link that you can tap. This tap in turn performs an action like opening the web link in Safari or asking if you would like to dial the phone number. That’s weird because I would have thought tapping a phone number should open your music player. Surely, who ever implemented that process on Android must have stolen it from Apple.  Just food for thought since this is one of many patents Apple says HTC is in violation of.

Newly introduced into Apple’s patent infringement case against HTC  involves Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android Inc. Apple is alleging that Rubin took inspiration for Android’s framework from APIs he supposedly encountered while working for Apple in the early 90s. Hit up the break for more.

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Support Android by Voting for Andy Rubin and Morgan Webb at

If you aren’t familiar with, then you’re missing out on something that a lot of you might be interested in. Our friend “Android Ashley” runs it with fellow tech-geek and Apple enthusiast (but nobody is perfect) Mike Hobbs, and they talk about all things tech. Currently, they’ve got a nice little competition going — a vote on which are the better tech representatives: Andy Rubin vs. Steve Jobs, and Stephen Colbert vs. Morgan Webb. Support your favorite lil green robot by dropping by their site and showing some love to Andy for being the Founding Father of Android, and for Morgan, who proclaims her love for Android loudly and at every opportunity. Make sure your vote gets counted, so head over to Techfoolery and vote! And if you don’t already, be sure and follow Ashley, Andy Rubin, and Morgan Webb on Twitter, because they’re all worthwhile Tweeters.

[via techfoolery]

Andy Rubin: “We continue to be an open source platform”

There has been a lot of comments and speculation over the last couple of weeks about Google becoming “closed” with regard to not releasing the source code for Honeycomb. Then is was reported that Google would be approving all manufacturer tweaks (skins) to the Android OS.

Today Andy Rubin, Google’s Vice President of Engineering, posted some comments on the Android Developer Blog to clear things up. Rubin said “We don’t believe in a one size fits all solution.” He goes on to say that quality and consistency continue to be top priorities.

Rubin stressed that device makers are free to modify Android. He does mention that basic compatibility requirements must be met if someone wishes to market a device that is Android compatible or if including Google applications on the device. Their anti-fragmentation program has been in place since Android 1.0 and will continue to be a priority.

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New Motorola Tablet Video Teases Android Honeycomb OS for CES 2011


Motorola Released a video today about their new Android Tablet we saw Andy Rubin with at the D: Dive Into Mobile Conference a couple of weeks ago. The video walks us through a museum of our history of tablets dating back centuries of great tablet ideas, which unfortunately missed the mark in some way. Included in this walk through memory lane is the iPad, referring to it as a “giant iPhone”. Then we see a bee fly across the screen landing on Motorola’s new red logo, then a reference to the CES 2011 show in January.

Hmm, a red Logo could mean its going to Verizon, and will announced at CES 2011…we’ll have to wait and see. Let us know, do you think this is the iPad killer?
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[via Engadget]

Watch Full Interview Video With Android Master Andy Rubin

D: Dive Into Mobile had several speakers lined up, last week in San Fransisco, one of which we actually enjoy hearing. His name is Andy Rubin, and he’s a big reason we have these articles to begin with here at Andy is a humble guy, one who recognizes the strides his competition Apple is making with the iPhone, as well as Google’s relationship with Android carriers.

Have a look at the video by clicking here, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via AllThingsDigital]

Mr. Blurrycam pays a visit to the Motorola Honeycomb tablet

We’ve certainly been hearing a lot about the Tegra 2 powered Motorola Honeycomb tablet that Andy Rubin was showing off at All Things D last week. We were treated to a couple high-res shots, but now it seems this device has had a date with Mr. Blurrycam.

The shots aren’t terribly detailed, and they do not show off much in terms of the Honeycomb OS. However, if you want to check out a few more shots of the hardware itself, hit up the source link below.

[via Engadget]

Andy Rubin: over 300,000 Android phones activated daily

Just a little tidbit for you in case you hadn’t heard. Andy Rubin tweeted late yesterday evening that there are now over 300,000 Android phones activated each day. That is truly a staggering number, and a real milestone for the Android platform. Before we know it, we’ll be seeing half a million devices activated daily.

I do not expect this number to ever hit a million, but if Android growth continues at the rate it has been, I suppose anything is possible. Perhaps we should start a pool and see who can guess the closest number that Android activations will max out at. Leave us a comment below and share your thoughts!

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