By Stephen Schenck | April 16, 2013 1:18 PM
We’re no strangers to seeing smartphone fanboys talk a little trash about the other platforms, whether you’re an Android devotee bashing iOS for being too closed, or an Apple fan making fun of the lack of apps on Windows Phone. Things start getting a little more interesting, however, when the people making these attacks are smartphone execs themselves; today we get to hear some of the latest smack, with Microsoft’s VP of Windows Phone, Terry Myerson, digging in to Android in particular.
Myerson pulls no punches, calling Android “a mess” and warning of the threat Google’s control over the platform poses. For one thing, he believes that the ascension of Sundar Pichai to holding the Android reins will result in some sort of Chrome-ification of Android. Now, we’ve touched upon the interaction between Chrome and Android before, but Myerson suggests that this will somehow lead to closing the Android source.
Furthermore, Myerson claims that Google is backing down from its position as an “open” platform through efforts to kill Facebook Home. He wasn’t clear on how he suggests this might come to pass, and if alternate launchers might be disabled in general, but he seems to seriously believe that Google feels threatened by the competition.
What do you think? Is Myerson just trying to stir-up trouble here, or could he be speaking the truth?