Trujillo: Android phones not robust

Trujillo: Android phones not robust

Summary: Google's Android mobile platform wasn't robust, Telstra chief executive Sol Trujillo said in an interview published yesterday, where he also disclosed he owns an Apple iPhone, among other handsets.

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Google's Android mobile platform wasn't robust, Telstra chief executive Sol Trujillo said in an interview published yesterday, where he also disclosed he owns an Apple iPhone, among other handsets.

"We are looking at it," Trujillo said in the interview with ZDNet.com.au sister site CNET News.com, responding to a question about Android. "But the platform isn't at the stage where it's really robust. We are looking at what's being said about it in the blogosphere, and we're looking at testing it."

"But it's still in evolution right now. It's very Google-centric. And there are limitations. We are hopeful that it will be more open, because it offers a great alternative operating platform. But it's not there today."

No carrier or retailer is yet offering an Android-based phone in Australia, with Melbourne-based retailer Kogan postponing plans to launch its own device, and Optus refusing to comment on persistent industry rumours that it would launch HTC's Dream device locally. The device is on sale internationally.

Trujillo said at this stage Telstra had not announced plans to launch an Android handset in Australia. "But we're looking at it and having conversations," he said. "We won't be rolling it out tomorrow. The research we've done suggests consumers want more simplicity and not more complexity."

CNET News.com also questioned Trujillo on what handsets he personally used, with the executive saying he owned an iPhone, a BlackBerry Bold, a Verizon LG Voyager, a Samsung touchscreen device, and several others.

"I try them all in different markets as I travel the world. I'm always testing networks. My job is to study the markets," he said.

Topics: Android, Apple, Google, iPhone, Mobility, BlackBerry, Telcos, Telstra

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  • Trujillo; Telstra: lightweights!

    My personal mobile phone isn't with Telstra. My home phones aren't with Telstra. My business phones aren't with Telstra. I haven't done business with Telstra since I was given the choice not to. Oh! And I'll be getting an Android phone with the first non-Telstra carrier to market them. Bring it on!
    anonymous
  • So

    Who cares?
    anonymous
  • Bill Gates got it right...

    Several years ago on a visit Mr Gates said (paraphrasing) that Telstra was the principal reason Australia had fallen so far behind in the technology race.
    Here we are many, many years later, and the head of Telstra is calling a phone platform "unstable" without obviously having really even looked in to it.
    Where in the "blogsphere" that he talks about is the consensus that the phone is flakey? The majority of reviews of the platform detail an exciting and well performing device.
    On the whole, it offers more functionality then the iPhone even does (MMS, ability for programs to run in the background, etc).
    My Android phone crashes far less then my iPhone, and that seems to be a similar case for many reviewers.
    I would suggest Telstra doesn't like the device, because they can't enfource the kind of "lock in" they want to have to their network, and their functionality that they like to see on handsets that they sell.
    For those interested, G1 phones work just fine on the Telstra network without them "officially" supporting them.
    anonymous
  • you are the idiot ANDROID ROCKS

    Android will blow win mob 6 and symbian to death in a year or two. Android has more possibilities for programmers to take advantage of and no red tape except for once of small fee to program.
    anonymous