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Tim Bray lands on Android team

Having a public, personal face on its Android efforts will be very important to Google, which faces both marketing and legal challenges to its growth in the mobile market from Apple.
Written by Dana Blankenhorn, Inactive on

XML co-creator Tim Bray has joined the exodus from Oracle and landed at Google, as a "developer advocate" for the Android.

Bray, who like tech titans Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, was born in 1955 (as was this humble blogger), is now expected to be a much more familiar face to reporters, contrasting what he calls Android's open development vision with the Apple iPhone's "sterile Disney-fied walled garden surrounded by sharp-toothed lawyers."

Bray made the announcement on his popular blog, which you will find on our blogroll.

Having a public, personal face on its Android efforts will be very important to Google, which faces both marketing and legal challenges to its growth in the mobile market from Apple.

Google's share of the smartphone market nearly tripled in the last quarter, but ComScore MobiLens still has RIM's Blackberry in the lead, followed by Apple and Microsoft. Microsoft's share, however, has been falling faster than Lindsay Lohan's career.

Bray has always been known for giving good quote, and from his blog post looks ready to become the tech equivalent to James Carville, who is also known for giving good quote. Here's a taste:

Apple apparently thinks you can have the benefits of the Internet while at the same time controlling what programs can be run and what parts of the stack can be accessed and what developers can say to each other.

I think they’re wrong and see this job as a chance to help prove it.

This beat is about to get a lot more fun.

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