TweetDeck Responds to Steve Jobs, Developing for Android not a Nightmare

In the off chance you didn’t hear about it yet, Steve Jobs fired off a few terse words (F.U.D.) yesterday on Apple’s earnings call for the third quarter.  Taking aim at RIM, iPad rivals, Android, open source, and pretty much anything else in his space, Jobs tried to bolster the Apple arguments with ‘facts’ and lessons.  We didn’t know it until yesterday, but apparently fragmentation was such a problem for TweetDeck that the company called Android development a “nightmare”.  Or did they?

TweetDeck’s founder and CEO took to twitter (naturally) to let his followers know that Android development was no an involved project.  In fact, they only have two guys working on the Android app and.  Just last week TweetDeck pointed out how “cool” they thought it was that their app worked on so many flavors of Android.

Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android? Errr nope, no we didn’t. It wasn’t. – @iaindodsworth

@dannysullivan yes exactly! We only have 2 guys developing on Android TweetDeck so that shows how small an issue fragmentation is – @iaindodsworth

In all fairness, we cannot imagine Steve Jobs has finger on everything that goes on outside of Cupertino.  He is in the business of marketing Apple and propping them up.  Nobody in the industry does it better, but when you start dragging others into your evangelism, you need to get things 100 percent accurate.  Blogs and fanboys will be there to dissect your every word, so make sure you don’t confuse things like TweetDeck and TwitterDeck.

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8 Comments

  1. BrandoHD
    October 19, 20:32 Reply

    Those comments by Jobs are so off point, the man is a total Dictator, I cant believe a man who is supposed to be intelligent is trying to pass ‘choice’ off as ‘fragmentation’, and basically saying that having to chose from one product is better that having 5 and 6 or even more to chose from, imagine a world where there was one of everything to chose from, what kinda planet would this be.

    Apple would always be second best, because of that thinking, the iphone is a great phone, but its not my cup of tea, and sadly its the only cup of tea they have, yet he is taking shots at R.I.M, what he should know is this, if a blackberry user decides they are not gonna buy R.I.M anymore, they want change, but they must have a hardware keyboard, let him answer where they are gonna go for their next smartphone.

    • Lulu
      October 20, 04:07 Reply

      I can’t agree more with you. Very well put.

    • Robbert
      October 22, 16:13 Reply

      You can’t deny it’s bad that there are still phones stuck on 1.5 or 1.6

      Fragmentation refers to the many different versions of Android being used, not the different phones.

  2. Keefers
    October 20, 08:47 Reply

    Steve jobs need to be more concerned about his iOS becoming the next to Mac.

  3. Maxim
    October 20, 15:03 Reply

    …The opposite to “fragmentation” is dictatorship. In (unfortunatel not yet entirely) former Soviet Union there was no any “fragmentation”…

  4. Maxim
    October 20, 15:12 Reply

    Although, I think it is indeed bad for users and developers when some Android phones vendors try to lock them in (coping Job’s practices). The [Android] Union members should try to agree on some standards to prevent from these practices.

  5. BrandoHD
    October 20, 19:27 Reply

    The only problem that android faces is a lack of foresight and the greediness of the profit loving carriers, they are the ones who try to design devices with a chosen lifespan, so that when android is updated, you have to update your hardware,, so they must design hardware with the future updates in mind, we don’t want to many devices going the way of the G1, they should be able to handle at least 2 or 3 updates of the version they were first released with, instead the carriers would idealy like a devices lifespan to be 18 to 24 months

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