Charles Arthur:

Android generated less than $550m in revenues for Google between 2008 and the end of 2011, if figures provided by the search giant as part of a settlement offer with Oracle ahead of an expected patent and copyright infringement trial are an accurate guide.

The figures also suggest that Apple devices such as the iPhone, which use products such as its Maps as well as Google Search in its Safari browser, generated more than four times as much revenue for Google as its own handsets in the same period.

Android is Winning. 

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RIM co-CEOs stepping down in a surprise exit

Robert Scoble thinks RIM should embrace Android to survive but that will only delay the inevitable. 

Jan 9, 2007: Remembering Steve Jobs’ Greatest Keynote Presentation

On January 9, 2007 Steve Jobs Introduced the iPhone to the world at Macword 2007 ( iPhone went on Sale in the United States on June 29, 2007). Apple redefined the way the smart-phones should work on that historic day. The keynote was Steve Jobs’ greatest presentation and he had that self-satisfied smirk of a man who knew that the product he was introducing to the world was way ahead of the competition. Great men help create great products that that outlives them and Steve Jobs created not one but many during his life-time. 

Macworld 2007 Keynote (iPhone Introduction):

P.S. Apple and Google were partners at the time and this keynote bought back some painful reminders of how Trojan Horse Eric Schmidt (Then an Apple Board Member) and Google backstabbed Apple by introducing Android in 2008. Early Android Prototypes looked like Blackberry phones but Google later decided to shamelessly copy the core concepts of iPhone because it was way ahead of what RIM was doing at the time. I’ll never forgive Google for betraying Apple. 

See Also:

Five Year of iPhone - Apple Insider

What Googles Android Looked Like Before And After The Launch Of The iPhone

New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

I had a good chuckle while reading this piece.

Great Analysis by Michael DeGusta

I went back and found every Android phone shipped in the United States -up through the middle of last year. I then tracked down every update that was released for each device - be it a major OS upgrade or a minor support patch - as well as prices and release & discontinuation dates. I compared these dates & versions to the currently shipping version of Android at the time. The resulting picture isn’t pretty - well, not for Android users:

(via Daring Fireball)

Steve Jobs’ Rant against Android: 

"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," Jobs said, according to the AP. "I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this."

You can read the full piece here.

I have nothing but utter disdain for the Android OS. I will never use an Android phone in my life even if i get one for free. I’m not a big fan of Microsoft but i applaud them for coming up with something original while designing Windows Phone 7. 

My Thoughts on Google-Motorola Deal

Google announced yesterday that they are acquiring Motorola Mobility for US $12.5 Billion Dollars (Pending Regulatory Approval). The primary reason cited by Google for the acquisition is to protect Android against what the search-giant calls as anti-competitive patent attacks by the Likes of Apple, Microsoft and others.

Basically, Google makes it sound like they are dropping $12.5 Billion to build up Patent Protection by acquiring a loss-making outfit with 19,000 employees. Motorola Mobility has about 17,000 patents and 8,000 pending applications, mostly in mobile devices.

But there’s more to this deal than protecting Android and here’s my take:

Google wants to be the Next Apple 

The deal just accentuates the fact that An Integrated Hardware-Software-Marketing-Distribution approach is a pre-requisite for providing the best possible User experience to the consumers. This model has not worked in the PC Industry but this model has worked fabulously in the Smart-phone industry for Apple. This integrated approach has enabled Apple to capture two-thirds of the profits in the mobile industry. 

Samsung, HTC, Sony Ericsson and Other Android OEMs are screwed

Google says Android will remain ‘Open’ after this deal and Motorola Mobility will operate as an independent unit. But i simply can’t buy this argument. Motorola will definitely get Early access to Android builds and new Google services because of this acquisition. The User-experience on Motorola hand-sets will be a lot better than the competition because of the tight Hardware-Software integration. Samsung, HTC and other OEMs will have to upgrade their Hardware at a fast pace to catch up and they have to speed up process of applying the fancy skins on top of Android to keep up with the upgrade cycle.

Suddenly, Google has become a step-mother to Samsung, HTC and others. Google used them to gain market share and now they’re stabbing them in the back. 

Overall, Android Licensees’ initial Public statement are supportive of Google-Motorola deal saying that they Appreciate Google’s commitment to protecting the Android ecosystem and its partners but in private i bet the theme is very different. I think these licensees will be at a competitive disadvantage going forward. 

Finally, I think OEMs like Samsung, HTC and others are so deeply invested in the Android ecosystem that they have no choice but to support Android in the near team and their devices will be heavily commoditized going forward. 

P.S. Samsung And HTC have built the best Android devices to date (In fact, The best smartphones ever according to some Fandroids) and Google thanked them by buying a competitor. 

Related Links:

Exclusive: Guess who else wanted to buy Motorola? [Om Malik / GigaOM]

Google Bought A “Dysfunctional” Company And The “Worst” Android Handset Maker, Says Insider [Jay Yarow / Business Insider]

What is Google buying, anyway? Here’s a breakdown of Motorola Mobility [Dan Frommer / SplatF]

Google buying Motorola: Nokia, Samsung, and other industry players react [Chris Ziegler / This is my Next]

"Defending Android" [MG Siegler / TechCrunch]

Google-Motorola: Winners and losers [Dan Frommer / SplatF]

Is Google Turning Into a Mobile Phone Company? No, It Says [DealBook / NY Times]

Google and Motorola: Desperately seeking each other [Fortune]

The perils of licensing to your competitors [Horace Deidu / Asymco]

10 questions about Google’s Motorola deal [Dan Frommer / SplatF]

By Buying Motorola, Google Can Now Do Whatever The Heck They Want With Android [Greg Kimparak / TechCrunch]

Is Google’s Motorola Deal the Break That Windows Phone Needed? [Ina Fried / All ThingsD]

Now Is The Perfect Time For HP To Step Up And License WebOS [Matt Rosoff / Business Insider]

Google’s Android Partners Will Keep Using Android — They Don’t Have A Choice [Dan Frommer / SplatF]

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE GOOGLE-MOTOROLA DEAL: It Could End Up Being A Disaster [Henry Blogdet / Business Insider]

10 questions about Google’s Motorola deal [Dan Frommer / Business Insider]

$2.5 billion Google-Motorola break-up fee reflects sellers’ concern and buyer’s desperation [Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents]

Google and Motorola: what are all those patents for? [Nilay Patel / This is my Next]

Just Feeding Its 19,000 New Motorola Employees Will Cost Google $95 Million Per Year [Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider]

Google Is Now Larry Page, Incorporated [Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider]

Compared To Googlers, Motorola’s 19,000 Employees Hate Their Jobs [Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider]

Google Deal Shakes Up Asia’s Mobile Landscape [The Wall Street Journal]

Rope-A-Dope, Indeed [MG Siegler /]

Balls [John Gruber / Daring Fireball]

Google’s 16 Biggest Acquisitions So Far, And What Happened To Them [Matt Rosoff / Business Indsider]

RIM Left in ‘No Man’s Land’ By Google Deal [Olga Kharif / Bloomberg] 

Google Undermines Samsung-Led Handset Makers With Motorola [Bloomberg]