That headline mightn’t surprise you. It’s a bit like Rupert Murdoch insisting that you get your daily dose of tabloid bullshit from The Sun. But Android’s co-founder, Rich Miner, was in fact singing from an altogether different hymn-sheet last year.
Miner, who gets top marks for being an honest sort of chap, used to recommend that start-ups focus on – wait for it – the iPhone. Confused?
Speaking at the MobileBeat conference in San Francisco this week, Rich explains: “There were just that many more [iPhones] out there. That has clearly flipped.”
Yep, it’s Android mania these days. Fellow co-founder, Andy Rubin, recently tweeted that there are half a million Android activations daily.
Rubin and Miner sold Android to Google way back in 2005. Interestingly, Miner says that Android was little more than a few demos and some PowerPoint slides at the time; the pitch was primarily about the importance of an open smartphone operating system. Clearly there were onto something.