In a comment we’d classify as pretty accurate, a Google executive called the 2005 acquisition of Android Inc. “the best deal ever,” according to Venture Beat. The remark was made by David Lawee, Vice President of Corporate Development, at the annual Stanford Accel Symposium, where he followed up by saying that “I saw this guy in my building for two years, walking his dog, and I was like, I hope this guy does something.” Lawee was referring to Android founder Andy Rubin, whose desire to stay with Google even after the reported $50 million sale Lawee called a key metric in gauging the success of any acquisition.
Android, of course, has become a major hit for Google: not only does the company get unbeatable exposure for its myriad of products and services through the open source operating system, it also cashes in on the mobile ads served up thanks to its $750 million purchase of ad network AdMob earlier this year. Of course as with any successful business, criticisms are inevitable, and Android has seen its share over the issue of fragmentation. In this case, fragmentation means that different versions of the platform can be found on different devices, most of which will only see a single upgrade in their lifetimes. Such an ecosystem makes life difficult for developers, who are forced to choose between incorporating the latest features or compatibility with the most possible devices.
So, any other Android fans out there?