Just when you thought it was safe to switch to WinMob of Misfortune, iPhone JEOPARDY is back with a bonus round!
Joining us via lifeline is Google Android, first among Linux vaporOS's (sorry Nova, Access, and OpenMoko!) and fresh from CEO Eric Schmidst's latest iPhone briefing at Apple's Board of Directors meeting, we give you the suddenly chatty group manager for mobile platforms, Rich Miner:
"There's a much larger potential market on Android than for the iPhone. 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."
Then, as if catching the Shining-like glare in Daddy Jobs' eyes, he quickly added:
"[If I were a developer] I'd certainly be looking at the iPhone, and if you believe there will be lots of Android phones out there, as we do, I'd be developing for both platforms."
Now, for those of you just joining us, remember that Google's core business is advertising (no, not search, that just pulls the ad revenue), not OS development.Few companies can be good at more than one thing, and Apple is traditionally very good at hardware and software (and wisely leaves Google and Yahoo to do the heavy services lifting on iPhone). Google hasn't managed to monetize everything in it's vast repertoire yet, much as Microsoft is struggling to grow outside of Windows and Office.
If Google plans on hitting WinMob standard and Symbian on the low-end and leaving Apple to duke it out with WinMob premium and Blackberry on the high, maybe Miner is making the kind of sense that does. However, if Eric Schmidt is the fox in Apple's development henhouse and (bigger and), Google can ship a working OS sometime this decade, things could get interesting.