Noted developer Tim Bray, who is an XML co-author, former Sun Microsystems employee, and outspoken tech blogger, has decided to take a job working on Google’s Android platform and framed the decision as a battle against an evil empire: Apple.
Bray writes in his blog that Apple is creating a sterile, controlled future of the Internet with the iPhone. From his blog:
The iPhone vision of the mobile Internet’s future omits controversy, sex, and freedom, but includes strict limits on who can know what and who can say what. It’s a sterile Disney-fied walled garden surrounded by sharp-toothed lawyers. The people who create the apps serve at the landlord’s pleasure and fear his anger.
I hate it.
Bray likes Google Android because it creates a more open alternative to Apple’s mobile platform. The blog is an interesting read if you want to take a look at Android’s competitive advantages. Some advantages that make Android a good competitive mobile OS with Apple, according to Bray, are that Android is more open to the Web, it has a good user experience, and good developer APIs.
Bray isn’t a pure idealist, though. He points out that Google’s a big corporation itself and is likely to develop plenty of its own evil:
It’s now too big to be purely good or in fact purely anything. I’m sure that tendrils of stupidity and evil are even now finding interstitial breeding grounds whence they will emerge to cause grief. And there are some Google initiatives that I feel no urge to go near.