Behind Google’s FUD campaign against Apple iPhone

“Forgive my flippancy, but I’m trying hard not to bust into giggles after reading about Rich Miner’s [group manager for mobile platforms at Google] prediction that sales of Android-based devices will outstrip sales of the iPhone,” Charles Cooper writes for CNET.

“‘Once you have devices out there from Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and so on, there’s a much larger potential market on Android than for the iPhone,’ he said during a conference held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.,” Cooper reports. “He later added, ‘There are things I saw people doing with the first version of the Android SDK that it seems like you can’t do with the iPhone at least at the moment.’

“All of which may be true and yet totally beside the point,” Cooper writes.

“Let’s call Google on what this really is: Considering how there are currently ZERO Android devices in the market, Miner is engaging in (pardon the pun) major trash talking,” Cooper writes. “Maybe Microsoft became such an easy target that Eric Schmidt decided it was the right time to pump up the volume at Apple’s expense. I don’t think Steve Jobs is sweating any.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Back in mid-January, The New York Times’ John Markoff spent a half-hour with Apple CEO Steve Jobs and reported that Jobs “was equally skeptical about Google’s decision to develop smartphone software. ‘Having created a phone its a lot harder than it looks,’ he said. ‘We’ll see how good their software is and we’ll see how consumers like it and how quickly it is adopted. I actually think Google has achieved their goal [of seeking not to get locked out of the mobile phone world] without Android, and I now think Android hurts them more than it helps them. It’s just going to divide them and people who want to be their partners.'”

It’s all more than a little bit incestuous:
• Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt is a member of Apple’s Board of Directors.
• Kleiner Perkins’ John Doerr is a member of Google’s Board of Directors and just launched the $100 million iFund for Apple iPhone.
• Avon CEO Andrea Jung is a member of Apple’s Board of Directors and Google’s Rich Miner puts Avon lipstick on his pig.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews reader “DizzyD” for contributing his comedy stylings to the last bullet point.]


  1. Yeah, I like both companies. I hope Apple releases an iTunes for Android, that would be really cool (That or the Record co’s stop trying to kill iTunes and just release their catalogs DRM free).

    Apple needs some good competition on the OS front. RIM doesn’t have it, MS doesn’t have it, Palm sure doesn’t have it.


    (ps, I own stock in both, so I am rooting for both.)

  2. I tend to agree with Cooper on this one. Anytime someone starts talking about how Apple’s tech doesn’t really stack up against vaporware, it smacks of Ballmer-esque FUD campaigning.

  3. If it gets ugly between Google & Apple, this could be bad for them both, since they both have a giant foe up north. Could this also make Eric Schmidt’s position on Apples board difficult?

  4. This isn’t about Google vs. Apple, it’s about Google and Apple vs. Microsoft. It’s in both company’s interests to break Microsoft’s attempt to extend their control into the smart phone market. If Apple ends up with 30-40% of the market and Android gets 20-30% (or visa-versa) who cares? The point is that Microsoft’s share shrinks dramatically. RIM may get steamrolled in the process, but, hey, RIM was never going to make it out of the business phone market anyway.

  5. It’s funny seeing Cooper, a MS-kisserupper, trying to figure out who he needs to bash or defend between Apple and Google. Apparently, he’s decided Google is the bigger threat to MS, and so he’s chosen to attack them!

  6. I keep hearing how open source this and open source that, is so great. How being open and letting people have choice is a great thing. Look at the number of projects on Openforge, can you find some thing you need. How many normal people that are not geeks like us ever find the website much less the thing we are looking for ? Linux has been out for years and the only reason that it has a high market share is because of geeks, not because normal people are discovering it in droves. Lets look at Java and run anywhere, where is it now ? Applications are available for almost 60% of phones worldwide but what is the sell through ? No market, Mobile Carrier driven, only available to install through your phone for the most part. Very low. Ringtones sell, wallpapers sell, applications, not so much.

    There is something to be said to a controlled, available in a store on your phone, with restrictions on capability. While the Androids of the world can possibly be offered in various form factors and allow you to do anything, I bet there will be very little money in it for developers.

    Open is a nice Idealogical feeling. I am going to allow anyone to build anything and sell anyway they want. The problem is the you accept no responsibility for abuse by developers or plain bad programs or ripping of the customer. More then that how do you promote the applications available ? How do you maintain performance and stability of the device ? Is it the user’s responsibility ? Well then, you have just made it the perfect device for the geek, not for the masses.

    Throwing “Open” as a sound bite is nice to get geeks to cream in their pants but does not really provide money in the pocket except to the small, small minority. So Google dream on, “don’t be evil” was nice until you grew and reality kicked in.

  7. Pig lips? Ever had pickled pig’s lips? Quite the delicacy in some parts. Ranks right up there with fried chicken sphincters. “Crunchy little O-rings, just *bursting* with flavor!”

    In the snack foods aisle at my local supermarket, they have about as much shelf space and market share as the Android.

    Which is to say, zero.

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