One Valley exec's "daunting challenge" is another's "hackalicious" Candyland, it seems.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs had some forceful words about Google's Android operating system in Monday's company earnings call--Jobs' first appearance on a quarterly call in two years--calling the open-source mobile software "very, very fragmented and [it] becomes more so every day." Android boss Andy Rubin hit back at him with a tweet full of open-source code.
Iain Dodsworth, the CEO of Twitter client manufacturer TweetDeck, joined the fray on Tuesday morning with a Tweet that read, "Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android? Errr nope, no we didn't. It wasn't." TweetDeck had recently released a visual graph of exactly how diverse the Android world is based on which handsets its app had been installed, describing it as "hackalicious."
In a follow-up tweet, Dodsworth elaborated, "We only have two guys developing on Android TweetDeck so that shows how small an issue fragmentation is."
TweetDeck builds both desktop and mobile apps, including apps for Apple's iOS as well as Android.
This isn't the first time this year that statements about the mobile industry made by Jobs have prompted waves of rebuttal from other companies. This summer, addressing the alleged reception problems with the iPhone 4, Jobs brought up a graph with the results of internal tests that showed competitors' handsets were susceptible to the same problems. Those handsets' manufacturers were not happy.
The iPhone-Android rivalry may strike a particularly personal note given the complicated history between Apple and Google. The two had been occasionally close collaborators, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt had a seat on Apple's board of directors until he resigned last year when the companies began to grow increasingly competitive. Several months earlier, Google had confirmed that the Federal Trade Commission was planning to hold discussions about Schmidt's role on Apple's board.