I'm sorry but that appearance and the digs at competitors just smacked of desperation. Especially when he was purposefully deceptive (comparing iOS device stats with Android phone stats) or speaking for others when he had no clue what he was talking about (like his comments which were outright refuted by Tweetdeck).
I don't get the point of this kind of behaviour. Be happy with your company's accomplishments. They are phenomenal after all. Brag about them and move on. For however much Steve Jobs is a brilliant chap, crap like this just makes him look desperate and worried about the competition.
Had I only read the live blogs or transcript, I mostly would have agreed with you.
After listening to the call, I came away with quite a different impression (as I detailed in a prior post).
Steve took the opportunity of having the investment community press gathered (via phone) to define Apples goals and positions. Some of these positions are, even now, being attacked and misrepresented by others.
Steve took the opportunity to set the record straight. Steve would have been remiss in his duties as Apple CEO had he not done so.
I (and many others) do not feel comparing iOS stats to Android stats is deceptive. Steve was presenting his case in a way that highlights Apple accomplishments -- one of the purposes of the earnings call.
As to the twitter deck remarks, Steve said:
The response as quoted from this article:
"Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android?" Dodsworth wrote on his Twitter account. "Err nope, no we didn't. It wasn't."
He later followed up: "WE only have 2 guys developing on Android TweetDeck so that shows how small an issue fragmentation is."
The TweetDeck CEO did not refute Jobs contentions of fragmentation (the number of handsets and the number of Android versions)-- "said he believes Android fragmentation is actually a "small" issue.".
He went on to say it wasn't a nightmare. Steve never said it was a nightmare, he said it was daunting.
He also said: "WE only have 2 guys developing on Android TweetDeck so that shows how small an issue fragmentation is."
He didn't say how many "guys" (or their expertise) were working on iOS versions.
Now, This is a large developer -- 16 developers including the CEO, developing for Mac, PC, Linux, OS X, iOS and Android.
Likely, they are provided easy (free) access to multiple handsets and associated Android OS versions by the OEMs
For a small developer of 1-3 people, iterative testing of hundreds of versions of Android on 244 different (current) handsets is daunting from a manpower perspective.
The small developer, likely needs to purchase the handsets, and 244 would be daunting from a financial perspective.
Finally, TweetDeck's currently featured product is Android TweetDeck -- I would expect the CEO to:
"Ac-cen-tuate the Positive, E-lim-inate the Negative"... and "Don't mess with mister in-between".
With apologies to Johnny Mercer.
- Michael Lille -
- Michael Lille -