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!

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