Google’s Andy Rubin had a frank and candid discussion about Android, Google, Apple, and iPhone with The New York Times in which he discussed Android’s latest strategies, Flash, and even compared Apple to North Korea. Rubin is counting on Android’s open strategy to attract OEMs and capture more market share than closed environments like that on the iPhone and BlackBerry. In terms of Adobe Flash support and competitor Apple shunning it from the iPhone because CEO Steve Jobs says that “folks who want porn can buy an Android phone,” Rubin says it’s all about choice and consumer wants choice: “When they can’t have something, people do care. Look at the way politics work. I just don’t want to live in North Korea.” Adobe Flash, by the way, is coming to Android in its next Froyo update.
You can read the rest of the NY Times interview, which continues on to topics such as Chrome and Android and talks about fragmentation, SDKs, and jest about Apple’s iPhone at a bar meets Gizmodo incident.