Android Co-Founder Insists It Is Profitable
Google vice-president compliments Apple for learning from their mistakes.
Google’s vice-president of engineering and co-founder of
Android, has stated that Android is profitable for Google. During a talk
at D:Mobilized, Rubin insisted that Google are making money from
the advertising that Android generates, although the project
probably wouldn’t have survived as a startup.
Despite talking up Android’s success, he admitted that Google’s
original flagship phone – the Nexus One – failed because the US
market wasn’t favourable to a phone bought off the shelf, and a
product plan purchased separately. When it came to the competition,
he had a few nice words to say about the iPhone. In his opinion,
Apple have relaxed their policy for approving apps: “my assumption
is Apple is a company that learns from its mistakes.” He wasn’t
quite so complimentary about the Windows Phone 7 though, calling it
a “package of stuff that was invented before the internet.”
The latest version of the Android platform – ‘Gingerbread’ – has
just been released.