Google’s Android might be rivals with Apple’s iOS on the smartphone operating system scene, but Google's Asia-Pacific president Daniel Alegre admits that the iPhone’s success has been hugely beneficial to the search engine mob.
Speaking to AdNews, Alegre said: “Whenever iPhone succeeds, Google succeeds.” That’s largely because the iPhone adopts Google as its default search engine, so iPhone users are a “very strong driver” of Google traffic.
In a semi-unrelated comment (Google wants the iPhone to succeed, but it doesn't want too much in terms of competition), Daniel warned: "We truly believe there has to be as few platforms as possible in order for apps developers to focus their development."
That’s something Nokia’s Stephen Elop said they had to consider when choosing which platform to back. Elop reckons developers can stretch to three different platforms, and clearly he’ll be hoping they’re Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7. Sorry, WhatBerry?