This has become quite a common story. Celebrities get some money in exchange for a stealth spontaneous post praising an Apple competitor, despite them having iPhones and iPads as their real personal devices. Jessica Alba, Oprah, David Ferrer and Dani Calabresa (who?) are a few examples of this sort of situation.
However, this is the first time that a brand does the exact same thing. Early last September, Kit Kat and Google announced a partnership to name the next version of Android as Android Kit Kat. The chocolate brand is also making a world-wide sweepstake that places the little green robot on their packages and tout at the chance to win hundreds of tablets.
But none of that was enough to stop the Brazilian branch of the brand from making a Facebook post suggesting that the perfect kit for a night out includes your wallet, your car keys, your Kit Kat, and… your iPhone, of course!
In the post comments (it’s in Portuguese) some people pointed out the irony, which prompted the brand to make a new post (in Portuguese again) featuring an Android phone, and saying “Oh, yeah, iPhone users were being left out since our partnership, so this was an homage to them”. Sure.
I don’t get how this sort of thing happens after a world-wide really expensive deal is announced. But I also don’t get how such a poor Photoshop job to remove the car brand in the car key gets approved as well, so…
Google announced today that the new Android version will be named after a partnership between them and Nestlé: Android KitKat.
Way to turn a bug into a feature. Android’s constant system freezes and reboots can now be called “a break”.
Lucky Frame, the scottish company responsible for the fun Gentlemen! for iPad, posted on their Twitter account the result of 3 days of the app being available for Android:
Open always wins.
Via Marco Arment
I for one have no idea how I’m going to survive until then.
Via Cult of Android
On November 13th, after Steven Sinofsky left Microsoft, , I joked:
“These have been some busy weeks. First Scott Fotstall is ejected from Apple, now Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft.. I don’t know. If I were Andy Rubin, I’d be a teeny tiny afraid for my job.”
Exactly 4 months later, Larry Page posts on the official Google blog that Andy Rubin is stepping down. I called it!
It’s at the very least curious that while Eric Schmidt says that in the war between Android and iOS, Android is clearly winning. Because since Google was kicked out of the iOS, they’ve already released back the YouTube app, Google Maps and now the YouTube Capture so people can record and put stuff on YouTube from their iPhones. They’ve also revamped Google Search and the Gmail app.
You know, for someone who see the adoption of systems as a war and is so confident that they’re winning, Google seems pretty worried about not staying out of the ‘defeated’ iOS. Meanwhile does anybody know of any efforts by Apple to move into Android?
Oh, yeah. There was this one time when Garage Band, iPhoto, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers and Pages showed up on Google Play, right? All of them malwares. Oh, the irony.
Victory appears to be quite a broad term for Google.
In a recent post discussing the whole Apple x Google mess due to their Maps, John Gruber made an interesting remark when talking about how Apple denied to give Google more access to the iOPS and users infos:
“Apple not wanting to grant such access to Google is easy to understand as well. For one thing, Apple sincerely values the privacy of its users more than Google does.”
This got me thinking about the recent interviews given by both Tim Cook and Eric Schmidt. Tim Cook sustains the everlasting Apple position:
“the DNA of the company, the thing that makes our heart beat, is a maniacal focus on making the best products in the world. Not good products, or a lot of products, but the absolute best products in the world. In creating these great products we focus on enriching people’s lives—a higher cause for the product.”
Meanwhile, regarding how Google cedes revenue to hardware partners due to Android being a free open system, Eric Schmidt says:
“We’re winning that war pretty clearly now. (…) The core strategy is to make a bigger pie. We will end up with a not perfectly controlled and not perfectly managed bigger pie by virtue of open systems.”
So while Apple’s boss takes on every single oportunity to transmit the message that his company focuses on striving for perfection and developing products that will change people’s lives, Google’s boss makes sure to get the message across that he sees the development and adoption of his products as nothing short of a war, and he won’t let a small detail like controlling every aspect of the final product get in his way.
Don’t be evil was a long time ago. Priorities…
AllThingsD brings the news on the update.
I know that going over the whole fragmentation thing is old news, but I still think that this device-by-device, carrier-by-carrier update mechanics is very surreal. Everything related to Android updates rollout is very, very complicated. It becomes pretty clear why there may even be more devices running Android compared to iOS, but iOS has quite a lead when it comes to content consumption and time spent actually using the device.
I’d hate to won a device and not know when and if I’ll be allowed to update to the latest version. Having an Android is sort of like enrolling in a lottery.
BGR brings the news of a job opening at Nokia related to software and hardware Linux drivers development. Since Android runs on a Linux kernel, seems that Nokia might be considering changing lanes at some point.
Well, what option do they have, reallly? Sticking with Windows Phone and it’s amazing growth and importance in the market?
Update (03/12/12): Doug Dawson, Media Relations head for Nokia posted on his Twitter account that the job opening actually has to do with extending Nokia HERE to Android. Hmmm.. sure.
If you are a proud owner of a device running Android Jelly Bean 4.2, you might want to cancel your appointments for the end of the year. That’s because according to the People app, as soon as November ends, you’ll be teleported directly to January, as the entire month of December is missing from the calendar. Yep.
Google is already working on a fix for it. But worst case scenario, this bug will disappear within 42 days.