As part of the occasionally over-enthusiastic tech press, we've been known to exaggerate things once in a while for the sake of a good headline, or a decent metaphor.
But Intel's Paul Otellini has raised things to new heights by implying that Android and iOS are embodiments of two of the universe's primal forces: chaos and order.
Addressing an investors meeting in California this week, Otellini took on the popular talking point of Android fragmentation, labelling the current situation as “chaos” because of Google's come-one-come-all approach.
“Google's model is to get as broad a base as possible because, how do they get paid? They don't get paid by selling Android. They get paid by clicks,” Otellini said. “At the end of the day, the more pervasive Android is, the more money Google ultimately makes.”
“I think there is some growing pains that Android is going through. How do you create order out of chaos?”
The answer, it seems, is to be Apple. “Apple's objective is to control everything end to end so they can control the experience and the pricing,” he argued.
Over time, though, Otellini suggested the forces of order will triumph over chaos – not saying Apple would triumph over Google, but rather that Google's efforts to bring Android fragmentation in check would ultimately prove successful.
“The notion of compatibility forwards and backwards, the notion of verification... is something you'll see imposed on the Android ecosystem over time. If you read the press about [Android's] anti-fragmentation agreements that's exactly what's happening today.”
So... chaos becomes order. And we all live happily ever after.