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10-19-2010, 11:36 AM #1
TweetDeck Chief Responds to Steve Jobs' Jabs
On Monday, Apple wowed the investment world yet again,announcing an astonishing and record earnings report of better than $20 billion. The impressive numbers come as a result of Apple's still-soaring iPhone sales, which topped 14 million units sold for the quarter. Similar success was in store for Macs, which sold 3.89 million units during the same three-month time frame - the best quarter on record for Mac sales.
During Monday's quarterly earnings call, however, the real story soon shifted from the staggering figures announced to Steve Jobs' surprise appearance on the call. Why did Apple's CEO turn up? To discuss many things on the minds of Apple fans and critics. As Paul covered yesterday, Jobs debunked reports of a 7-inch iPad. But it was the executive's tough words for Google and RIM that are seeing the most fallout today.
Referencing the iPhone, Jobs said that "it handily beat RIM's 12.1 million Blackberries sold in their last quarter. We've now passed RIM. I don't see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future. It will be a challenge for them to create a mobile software platform and convince developers to support a third platform."
With regard to Google and the success of Android, Jobs said: "Unfortunately there's no solid data on how many Android phones are shipped each quarter. We hope manufacturers will start reporting it, but it's not the case now."
Taking a shot at Android fragmentation, Jobs was certain to point out what he perceives to be a major platform shortcoming. "Compare this to iPhone where every handset works the same. Twitter client TwitterDeck (he meant TweetDeck) recently launched their Android app, and had to contend with 100 different versions of software on 244 different handsets. That's a daunting challenge."
On Tuesday, Iain Dodsworth, CEO of TweetDeck, took to Twitter (I guess we should have seen that coming) to rebuff Jobs' comments. Dodswoth's claim? Android fragmentation isn't a big deal. "Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android?" Dodsworth asked via Twitter. "Err nope, no we didn't. It wasn't. WE only have 2 guys developing on Android TweetDeck so that shows how small an issue fragmentation is."
While there are also unconfirmed reports of Google executives similarly firing back, we'll wait to confirm those comments before sharing any other angry words that may be directed at Steve Jobs. Stay tuned.
10-19-2010, 11:44 AM #2
Dum dum duuuuuuum! The war of words begins!
Oh yeah, how could I forget to be a douche and post how I was first! I'm so stupid...
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10-19-2010, 11:45 AM #3
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10-19-2010, 11:49 AM #4
I'm a long time fan of Apple products, but seriously...is Steve losing his mind?
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10-19-2010, 12:33 PM #8
Steve jobs had the guts that no other CEO would do say, how their product is better than the competitions, which it is
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10-19-2010, 02:08 PM #10
What is Job doing there? is he showing off? Does he feel bad for tweetdeck or is he just an A=hole
10-19-2010, 03:22 PM #11
He just has balls and being straight up about it. You really think Steve jobs gives a dam Wa they say about him? Come on now... People may lie but numbers don't. He's too good for this.
10-19-2010, 04:44 PM #12
If he is being straight up then he would not lie about tweetdeck.
10-19-2010, 06:31 PM #13
Modifications are problem with Android. That's why so many phones cannot be updated to the latest Android OS until the carrier puts their mods on them. Quite frustrating sometimes.
10-19-2010, 07:03 PM #14
Android is a very very real threat and with the powerhouse creative engine Google has Apple has every right to be scared to death. The only thing that will save Apple is that Google has yet to become a hardware company themselves so if there's any competitive failure it will be the result of the hardware not the software.
10-19-2010, 07:27 PM #15
Hahaha! Look at all the Android fanboys sticking up for their Droids! They're all intimidated by Steve's speech and are "firing back" with lame things like "google is apple's worst fear!" That's pretty weak. Oh well it's not going to change the fact that people choose the iPhone over a Droid. After all, it's a fact! Think Different.
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10-20-2010, 03:03 PM #19
Ahhh...this is a conference call for investors. Jobs wants investors to buy and keep buying stock. Higher stock price=richer Steve Jobs!