My, if this isn’t the day of Google backlash. While we’re not highly keen on the whole Android idea as it stands, Steven Frank thinks it’s garbage:
A 34-company committee couldn’t create a successful ham sandwich, much less a mobile application suite. It’s going to be some half-baked turd undoubtedly based on GPE since that’s, you know, better than starting from scratch, right? (Wrong.)
And he basically says what we’re all thinking: that Google, with all its billions, could build an ARM compatible mobile application integrating all of Google’s properties and give it away in a heartbeat. Rather than working hard with also-rans and OEMs, make it as easy to install onto a WinMo phone as Google Toolbar and watch the mobile hits fly in. Or call HTC, ask for a GSM phone, install a very cool Google OS, and sell it on Google for $199. Watch as people snap them up and the carriers come to you, angling for the OS. This is the best part of his piece, though:
You have NO CLUE why the iPhone is successful and highly sought after, do you? You think it’s all some sort of weird fluke. A market anomaly. That these millions of iPhone owners are going to wake up one morning and say OH SHIT this doesn’t have MMS, what was I thinking! How can such a technological abortion be popular? Come ON, Google, you know better. … Ditch those other 33 companies, put 20 of your smartest people on it, and you stand a fighting chance.
Try Again [StevenF]