Google trashes iPhone OS, and it's right (updated 6x)

Google trashes iPhone OS, and it's right (updated 6x)

Summary: Google's Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra took the gloves off and pummeled iPhone OS in his keynote to developers yesterday. Android 2.2 increases its lead over iPhone OS 4.0.

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Picture this: Apple as a punching bag, or as Apple as a Google's whipping boy. It sounds link an unlikely role for the Cupertino titan of tech, but it fit like a glove yesterday during Google's IO Conference in San Francisco.

Google's Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra pulled no punches during Day 2 of the conference (conveniently immortalized on YouTube) when in his keynote announcing Android 2.2 (a.k.a. "Froyo").

Some choice nuggets:

"I remember Andy's second point. He said if Google didn't act, we faced a Draconian future, a future where one man, one company, one carrier would be our only choice" - which was greeted by a roar of laughter and applause. (about 02:50 into part 1 below):

Another dig on Apple occurs at about 01:50 into part 2 below when Gundotra talked about Android 2.2's cloud-to-device messaging API: "Let me be clear, this isn't a push notification designed to compensate for the lack of basic functionality like multitasking" (again to roars of laughter from the 4,000 assembled developers):

And let's not forget that Android 2.2 also includes Wi-Fi tethering, as I blogged yesterday (about 04:40 into part 2 above).

And at about 08:00 into part 2 above Gundotra trashes the iPad's performance when it goes head-to-head with Nexus Ones running Froyo (and Eclair).

While not a specific shot at Apple, check out Google's implementation of voice search in Android 2.2 (about 01:00 into part 3 below). Unlike Apple's, it works system-wide and can now decipher relatively complex phrases like "pictures of Barack Obama with the French president and the G8 Summit," "Pictures of the Golden Gate bridge at Sunset," and " Delgato vineyards, Napa." Oh and it's also understands Mandarin and several other languages. Also demonstrated was the ability to work with intentions from voice, for example, speaking "Call Fifth Floor Restaurant" brings up the dialer with the appropriate number.

Probably the most exciting part of the voice recognition demo was the ability to dictate a phrase like "can you help me find the nearest hospital?" into Google translate (a Web app, natch) and have it translate it and read it back in French.

Then he notes Apple's lack of over-the-air (OTA) anything on the iPhone (I've been saying this for years) about 03:00 into part 4. "Why don't you send it over the Internet, over the air." Ouch.

It's pretty hard for any rational person who watches the Day 2 keynote address and/or reads the Android 2.2 platform highlights not to agree that Android is simply a better mobile OS than iPhone OS. But if you've got an argument for iPhone OS, I'd love to hear it in the TalkBack below.

[note: Sorry for all the updates, I munged the YouTube embeds several times and had to do them over.]

Topics: Operating Systems, Apple, Google, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Smartphones, Software

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  • RE: Google trashes iPhone OS, and it's right (updated)

    I think we're about to see two philosphies collide again. Google announced a lot of features, but Apple seems to preach about the experience? Which is best? That may depend upon the person using it. Which is a more popular philosphy? We'll see.

    Either way, competition is a good thing for all of us.
    wbeem
    • agreed

      @wbeem
      one is the techtards-feature-list-bullet-points-world, the other is the usability approach. who will get it right? the "it's all about selling ads" geeks and nerds at google or the quality producing hardware people at apple? hmmm. difficult question.

      for your amusement (and the part of the demo jason "forgot" to mention) have a look here:
      http://macdailynews.com/index.php/weblog/comments/25315/

      The fun starts at 1:40:27
      banned from zdnet
      • "quality hardware people at apple"??????

        @banned from zdnet

        You mean the "quality hardware" assembled in China from parts that Apple didn't make or even design just like pretty much every other phone and laptop computer on the market?
        cornpie
      • RE: Google trashes iPhone OS, and it's right (updated)

        @banned from zdnet

        I like HTC's hardware better, sorry. Their WinMo and Android phones are awesome.
        LiquidLearner
      • I just love how they blamed it on the network..

        @banned from zdnet: That aside they certainly made their controls small enough, and the keyboard is certainly less than intuitive. Press and hold to get numbers? They should have a button for numerical entry rather than that headache, that method would piss me off to the point I would through the stupid thing across the room.
        Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
      • RE: Google trashes iPhone OS, and it's right (updated)

        @JM1981 The keyboard has a button that switches the keyboard to a numeric one. You really think HTC would put out such a terrible keyboard? The point is that you can get special characters and numbers without having to leave your current keyboard. This is only really handy if you are doing a couple numbers here and there. If you are typing in a phone number then press the numeric button. It saves you extra presses. It is way better than your average keyboard. Seriously, how did you miss that? Did you play with the phone for like 5 seconds and thought you were qualified to comment on it? If you had it for longer than that, you probably shouldn't admit to it.
        StupidTechZealots-23432415690276115908309621553360
      • <a href="http://www.tran33m.com/vb/">forums</a>

        @banned from zdnet Wow! The new iPhone is going to have a hard drive?!?!? Didn't know they made hard drives that small yet. Will it be a "magical" hard drive?
        alasiri1
      • <a href="http://www.tran33m.com/vb/f82.html">iphone</a>

        @banned from zdnet I have been using Nokia's to tether my Apple/PC lap tops for years, iPhone still can't do it and they and ATT point fingers at each other.
        frank dib
      • RE: Google trashes iPhone OS, and it's right (updated)

        @banned from zdnet @JM1981 The keyboard has a button that switches the keyboard to a numeric one. You really think HTC would put out such a terrible keyboard? The point is that you can get special characters and numbers without having to leave your current keyboard. This is only really handy if you are doing a couple numbers here and there. If you are typing in a phone number then press the numeric bu<a href="http://www.tran33m.com/vb/">t</a>ton. It saves you extra presses. It is way better than your average keyboard. Seriously, how did you miss that? Did you play with the phone for like 5 seconds and thought you were qualified to comment on it? If you had it for longer than that, you probably shouldn't admit to it.
        alasiri
      • RE: Google trashes iPhone OS, and it's right (updated)

        Google's Eric Schmidt, the sleaze, was sitting on Apple's Board during the iPhone's development. Do you believe it was never discussed or even demoed during those Board meetings?
        Linux Love
      • RE: Google trashes iPhone OS, and it's right (updated)

        The iPhone was introduced in January 2007 (plus the time (1, 2, 3 years?) of research and development).
        Linux Love
      • RE: Google trashes iPhone OS, and it's right (updated)

        Android existed in 2005 but what was it other than a "mobile OS". Where are examples of screen shots, functionality or features? Windows has been out for decades but that doesn't make it the precursor to the iPhone (ie, something the iPhone copied).
        Linux Love
      • RE: Google trashes iPhone OS, and it's right (updated)

        Android wasn't even fully functional or usable in late 2007 (Android history from Wikipedia...
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system)
        Linux Love
      • RE: Google trashes iPhone OS, and it's right (updated)

        "In December 2007, MergeLab mobile startup founder Adam MacBeth stated, "Functionality is not there, is poorly documented or just doesn't work... It's clearly not ready for prime time."
        Linux Love
      • RE: Google trashes iPhone OS, and it's right (updated)

        Android (the phone) was not officially announced or released to developers until November 2007, 10/11 months after the iPhone intro, and an actual working device was not available until the HTC Dream in Oct 2008, 22 months after the iPhone intro and approx 17 months after the iPhone was released as a product. Android was vapourware until Oct 08.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Google trashes iPhone OS, and it's right (updated)

        Sure... the iPhone copied Android.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Google trashes iPhone OS, and it's right (updated)

        The iPhone blew people and the industry away when Jobs first introduced it and anyone who denies the iPhone set the standard for todays "smartphones" is a liar, an Apple basher (never give Apple credit for anything) or simply in denial and a fanboy of another company/OS.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Google trashes iPhone OS, and it's right (updated)

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