Android Creator Reacts To Steve Jobs Acquisitions

Android creator Andy Rubin has responded to Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, recent ramblings that suggested Google's mobile operating system is not a truly open platform.

Writing for the first time on a previously inactive Twitter account, Rubin attacked Jobs's claims by using a sample of code from Android to make the point that the system is open and available to any developers.

"The definition of open: 'mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.; repo sync ; make'," said the Rubin on the Tweet.

The terms 'repo' and 'git' refer to the systems of code that developers use to build applications for Android.

Rubin's is the first notable comeback from Google to the acquisitions made by Jobs on Monday evening during an earnings call about Apple's fourth-quarter results.

"In reality we think the open versus closed argument is a smokescreen to hide the real issue. We think Android is very fragmented and becoming more fragmented by the day," Jobs said.

Jobs, who was projecting a childish attitude after Apple announced record profits for the quarter of $4.31bn. He went on to attack the challenges of Google and Research in Motion (RIM) in the smartphone market.

"We have now passed RIM, and I don't see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future. I think it is going to be a challenge for them to create a competitive platform," he said. contacted Google for an official response to Jobs's comments, and to verify Rubin's Twitter account, but had not received a response at the time of publication.

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