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Google: We Saved You From a Draconian Future

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Google says Android was built to out-do Apple.

During the Day 2 Google I/O conference keynote, Vic Gundotra implied that Android was created to bring an end to the tight grip that Apple has in the mobile market. He wasn't shy about his adversary, painting a grim future that reflects the totalitarian regime in George Orwell's 1984 or even George Lucas' Empire in the Star Wars universe.

"If Google didn't act, it faced a draconian future where one man, one phone, one carrier were our choice," he said. "That's a future we don't want."

His words echoed vice president of engineering Andy Rubin (and former CEO of Android Inc. before it was assimilated by Google) who shared the same dream of rebelling against Apple's dominance. Google even made fun of Apple's 1984-themed ad aired sixteen years ago--which ironically pegged IBM as Big Brother at the time--by throwing up its own 1984-themed banner reading "Not The Future We Want."

"If you believe in openness, if you believe in choice, if you believe in innovation from everyone, then welcome to Android, " Gundotra added. He thus goes into all the features Froyo provides that we've already covered, however you can't help but hear the little jabs here and there at Apple throughout the keynote.

Here's a good example. "There are some [Jobs] who say that users don't use Google Search on smartphones," he said. "Well, we're a company driven by data, and not by opinions." The comment was in retaliation to a statement made by Jobs back in April. He claimed users aren't searching on mobile devices (which is utterly false), but rather are using apps to get to data on the Internet "rather than a generalized search." Jobs didn't offer numbers in his keynote--Gundotra did.

While Google seems intent on taking down Apple, manufacturers are worried that Google may be turning over to the dark side. It's speculated that carriers pulled out of their agreements to offer the Nexus One because of a common fear that Google is gaining too much power. While Apple called IBM Big Brother back in 1984, and Google is now calling Apple Big Brother in 2010, will history eventually repeat itself?

Google I/O Keynote Day 2 Part 1

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    Abrahm , May 21, 2010 10:54 PM
    I for one would like to thank Google for saving us from an Apple dominated market. I cringe at the thought of what an Apple dominated market would be like after seeing what they have been trying to do without dominating the market.
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    Clintonio , May 21, 2010 10:56 PM
    SmochinaFuck you google and your stupid ass java virtual machine of which you have no idea how to fix to make it stable, remember the answers you give to developers when they ask advices about what not to do prevent the stupid VM from crashing? You have no clue how to at least prevent crashes, let alone fix them, and you want to protect us from apple?. Face it, you are enable to come up with a decent operating system, Android is crap, chrome os is just plain stupid. Fuck you and your big brother future where everybody will be using your cloud.


    Grow up. Android is a wonderful OS. I've seen no issues with it beyond poor programming from developers. That is a result of an open platform, and to be honest, I have no complaints about that.

    I personally think Android is better than the iPhone OS.
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    Abrahm , May 21, 2010 11:00 PM
    SmochinaFine if all you are doing is Hello world "apps"

    Stop blaming Dalvik for your poor coding abilities.
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    boogalooelectric , May 21, 2010 10:14 PM
    Wasn't Apples commercial 26 years ago?
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    twisted politiks , May 21, 2010 10:20 PM
    I think Google pulled the Nexus One out because both Verizon and Sprint came out with their own versions of it, which are basically a Nexus One with a different case and a better camera. stupid to think a company would not allow Google to sell their phone, that would only cause the carriers to make less profit.
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    nao1120 , May 21, 2010 10:25 PM
    Finally..... A company that makes sense, even though they dominate other usages ie: search engines, phones( second to RIM ), and working on a OS.

    They are doing well, and i saw down with apple's expensive crap. Or i should say, good (overpriced) crap.
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    klarkmdb , May 21, 2010 10:27 PM
    It's always good to have a healthy competition. Even so, if google repeats history, we'll be watching closely.
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    kyeana , May 21, 2010 10:29 PM
    SmochinaFuck you google and your stupid ass java virtual machine of which you have no idea how to fix to make it stable, remember the answers you give to developers when they ask advices about what not to do prevent the stupid VM from crashing? You have no clue how to at least prevent crashes, let alone fix them, and you want to protect us from apple?. Face it, you are enable to come up with a decent operating system, Android is crap, chrome os is just plain stupid. Fuck you and your big brother future where everybody will be using your cloud.


    Dalvik is fine. If you have having trouble, chances are that poor java code is the problem.
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    dameon51 , May 21, 2010 10:30 PM
    Microsoft, you guys aren't even mentioned here, you missed the train.
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    Abrahm , May 21, 2010 10:54 PM
    I for one would like to thank Google for saving us from an Apple dominated market. I cringe at the thought of what an Apple dominated market would be like after seeing what they have been trying to do without dominating the market.
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    Clintonio , May 21, 2010 10:56 PM
    SmochinaFuck you google and your stupid ass java virtual machine of which you have no idea how to fix to make it stable, remember the answers you give to developers when they ask advices about what not to do prevent the stupid VM from crashing? You have no clue how to at least prevent crashes, let alone fix them, and you want to protect us from apple?. Face it, you are enable to come up with a decent operating system, Android is crap, chrome os is just plain stupid. Fuck you and your big brother future where everybody will be using your cloud.


    Grow up. Android is a wonderful OS. I've seen no issues with it beyond poor programming from developers. That is a result of an open platform, and to be honest, I have no complaints about that.

    I personally think Android is better than the iPhone OS.
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    Abrahm , May 21, 2010 11:00 PM
    SmochinaFine if all you are doing is Hello world "apps"

    Stop blaming Dalvik for your poor coding abilities.
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    Shadow703793 , May 21, 2010 11:53 PM
    AbrahmStop blaming Dalvik for your poor coding abilities.

    Exactly!
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    Anonymous , May 21, 2010 11:53 PM
    Smochina

    bitter a little are we? you can still get android phone even though Google search has pulled out of China you know ;p
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    backin5 , May 22, 2010 12:05 AM
    I generally like Google, but:

    1) They complied with China's draconian laws til recently. I'm not sure they would have stopped their censorship and pulled out of China if it weren't for the mail accounts breach.

    2) The brand new wifi data fiasco. Sure people who don't secure their wifi are at their own fault if they get probed, but this doesn't make what Google did right.

    3) Eric Schmidt saying "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place, but if you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines — including Google — do retain this information for some time…" did spark some debate regarding privacy concerns.

    Just something to think about before rushing to praise them...
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    Usersname , May 22, 2010 12:07 AM
    Remind me again...What is an Android?
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    micr0be , May 22, 2010 3:39 AM
    i vote google declares itself a country
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    smlong , May 22, 2010 4:45 AM
    My next phone will be Android.
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    Anonymous , May 22, 2010 4:47 AM
    "I generally like Google, but:"

    While your concerns are well voiced there's another side of the coin as well, as I'll try to illustrate.

    1) Correct. They did leave however, which is more than we could have said for any other company before them.

    2) Correct. They did fess up to it and apologize however, as well as ask for an outside review regarding the handling and deletion of said data. I can't think of another company that would have handled the situation quite so gracefully.

    3) Again, correct. The man put his foot in his mouth to be certain and his assumption is absolutely asinine as far as privacy concerns goes. The fact that information posted on the web, be it in user profiles, social networking groups or online searches is retained for quite some time shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. The thing that separates Google from the pack isn't the fact that they're collecting, and retaining, user-posted information however - it's the fact that they openly admit it. Everyone else does as well, they're just not as forthcoming about it.

    I'm certainly not trying to portray Google as the savior of mankind though, I'm merely saying that while you're correct that these situations could have been handled better in the grand scheme of things I've yet to see another company do any better under similar situations.

    As far as the article is concerned I'd like to point out the same fallacy I did last time.

    "It's speculated that carriers pulled out of their agreements to offer the Nexus One because of a common fear that Google is gaining too much power."

    That's ludicrous, there's absolutely no incentive for big business to worry about the long-term impact of power players when there's money to be made right here and now.

    At the very least such concerns would be an absolute first and if there had been any truth to carriers having a shred of a conscience or soul we wouldn't be bitching about exclusive deals, jailbreaking and exorbitant pricing of voice and data plans.

    If carriers are genuinely less than enthusiastic about Android it's probably because the platform is too open, as in not allowing them to safely and easily lock out features they'd like to charge a premium for.
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    DjEaZy , May 22, 2010 5:22 AM
    ... google with android don't give choice per say... the just control over every aspect...
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    Anonymous , May 22, 2010 8:11 AM
    well said, google!
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    princeofdreams , May 22, 2010 8:38 AM
    I really don't understand people's hatred of Google, as a company they have been innovative, and changed the way we use our computers, other companies are always having to play catch up with them and that is great for us the customer...

    Google started off as a search engine, and it was by far the best search engine around and other companies had to up their game to keep up, they added FREE apps for us to use, such as google maps, online document editing, Microsoft is now having to put a free version of office on the web for us to use, just because of google.

    I am not saying Google are the saviours of the world, or that everything they do is utterly wonderful, they get things wrong as everyone does, but at least they are open about it, admit their mistakes and most importantly admit what they are doing unlike others, Apple, Microsoft and FB

    They may be dominating the market in certain areas right now, but they do it by being better than everyone else, not by restrictions, not by breaching your civil liberties. They care for their employees, hell how many other companies would allow their employees time (paid in full as well) to create pages in Klingon, and other bizarre languages just for fun?

    I am not saying Google are the best thing ever, but they offer great products (Mostly completely free of charge)have a concious, treat their employees well. Yes they have become huge, but frankly that is just because they do what they do BETTER than everyone else
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