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You may have read or heard some of the choice words directed by Steve Jobs towards Android yesterday, in Apple's Q3 Earnings call. Today, in a completely unrelated development,  Mr. Andrew Rubin joined Twitter and made it quite clear what he thought of the matter. Clear, that is, if you understand bash:

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With this Andy has shown one of Android's true strengths: just about anyone get get hold of it and tinker with it as they please. It is because of this that we see so many great customizations, improvements and entire ROMS from the Android community.

Let's just hope Andy sticks around on Twitter in case "Vegeman" says anything else foolish.

The terminal commands do the following:
  1. Create a folder named "android"
  2. Change to that folder
  3. Initialize the "repo" program with the Android source host
  4. Download the source
  5. Compile Android

Source: @arubin via TechCrunch

Brian O'Toole
Having learnt his writing techniques reading e-Books of Sherlock Holmes, Brian now spends his time /kicking, lurking, SSHing and encoding.
  • Michael

    ANDROID FTW! Oh and Andy too =)

  • James

    Rubin's Tweet had me rolling on the floor.
    Talk about a case study in 'not getting it'.
    He precisely makes the case as to why 'open' is completely meaningless to 99.9% of users (you know, the ones who actually buy things?). As to the benefit to developers, what is more important to most? That they can add some obscure functionality, or that they are given a frame work that allows them to actually get paid for their work?

    'Open' is simply a religious movement (and for Google, a very selective one at that.)

    • John Doe

      Really? Be sure to go to xda-developers and let them know that its all nothing but a religious movement and that http://forum.xda-developers.com/wiki/index.php?title=HTC_Supersonic/ROMs

      is pointless. I know a ton of people who have hacked their EVO. Hell I repaired someone's M17x alienware last week....when I mentioned I'm getting an EVO in a couple weeks he mentioned that he rooted and replaced with a new more functional ROM. But yah. Choices are for suckers.
      We should all just buy an iPhone and be happy with what Unkie Jobs hands us from his position on Mount Olympus. How dare we question a God.

  • Samantha

    Andy Rubin wins 'creepiest tweet of all time' award and automatically becomes the world's most dull and boring person.

    • http://androidpolice.com Brian

      That's an... interesting interpretation.

      • Samantha

        I work for a design and advertising agency. Once we'd managed to pull ourselves off the floor, we couldn't help but wonder if this is going to become one of those endlessly parodied, long-running jokes. Google must be thrilled.

        • http://androidpolice.com Brian

          What was it you found amusing in particular?

        • Samantha

          > What was it you found amusing in particular?

          Just funny. Humor can't be explained, but I'll try. The fact that it was so perfectly removed from the interests of the overwhelming majority of the phone buying public. It could not have been more diametrically opposed to people's interests. People DO NOT GIVE A STUFF about 'open', let alone about command-line unix commands.

          It illustrated why Andy Rubin is completely out of touch and why Steve Jobs is an icon of cool.
          http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS76994+13-Oct-2009+PRN20091013

        • Brian O’Toole

          What obligation does Rubin have to make his tweets relevant to the greater public? His message resonated strongly with the core Android community and they are a highly important foundation for continued progress of the platform.

          Idolatry is all well and good for PR but it does not advance a company's product in reality.

        • James

          In reply to Samantha - exactly.

          - Sent from my iPhone

        • Aaron Gingrich

          "- Sent from my iPhone"

          Lol.

        • Samantha

          > What obligation does Rubin have to make his tweets
          > relevant to the greater public?

          No obligation whatsoever, in the same way that the general public is under no obligation whatsoever to stop falling over laughing.

          > His message resonated strongly with the core Android
          > community and they are a highly important foundation
          > for continued progress of the platform.

          I'll tell you what's really important. Customers. They, not developers, are what is really important. Customers are 95% of what will make or break Android. Interesting that your flowery statement of self importance didn't mention customers.

          > Idolatry is all well and good for PR but it does not
          > advance a company’s product in reality.

          Trust me, I don't believe in idolatry, but your statement is frighteningly out of touch. Idolatry is almost GUARANTEED to advance a company's product. Few things will advance a product as much as idolatry. Sadly, idolatry sells music, cars, yachts, computers and everything on on the face of the earth.

        • Brian O’Toole

          Perhaps my wording was unclear. By advancing a product, I did not mean selling it. I meant making it better. Steve Jobs' supposed charisma may lead people to believe that X product by Apple is better, but "in reality" it has no effect. Like I said, your fixation on sales, perception by the general public, and ridiculing of others is an interesting perspective, but it is one I do not share.

        • Samantha

          > Steve Jobs’ supposed charisma may lead people to believe that X
          > product by Apple is better, but “in reality” it has no effect.

          Of course it has no effect. While people like Steve Jobs, they aren't stupid. Apple makes good products and that's why people buy their products. In ten years, Apple went from being a basket-case of a company which was about to go out of business, to being the most influential tech company in the world. That didn't happen because Steve Jobs fooled people with his charisma. There are many, many people in the world with more charisma than Steve Jobs, and none of them have had an endless string of hit consumer electonics products, hollywood movies, operating systems, and none of them have shaken the foundations of multiple industries.

          It doesn't follow that just because Steve Jobs is perceived to have charisma, that therefore he and his products are without substance. That's phony logic.

          > Like I said, your fixation on sales, perception by the general public...

          Actually, until this post, I hadn't really fixated on perceptions at all. I did mention what interests the public. After all, the phone buying public do get up early day after day, to go to work to slog their guts out to buy products made by Google and Apple. It stands to reason that their interests count for something.

          Brian, you seem like a genuinely nice guy, but there's something in common between you and Andy Rubin. What you said about the community of Android developers, their importance, and the progress of the platform etc., gives the impression that the Android platform exists for the benefit of you and your community. It's as if it were your religion, for your benefit, where end users are merely the irrelevant, fooled masses. Kind of like an oil refinery, where all the oil produced goes into keeping the refinery going.

          Actually, Android firstly exists to make Google's shareholders as rich as possible. That's why Android was created. Your religion comes pretty low down on the list, and long after the end users for whom Android was created.