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Tim Bray, newly hired by Google as a developer-advocate for the company’s Android development efforts, has recently spoken out on his blog about what he truly thinks about Apple and the iPhone.
Formerly with Sun Microsystems and the co-inventor of XML, Bray did not hold back on Apple when describing how he felt about the company, writing:
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.
Android is similar phone to the iPhone, and many parallels have been drawn between the Android and the iPhone. For example Google’s Nexus One phone, that runs on the Android platform, is so similar Apple filed a patent infringement suit against manufacturer HTC earlier this month.
Even though Bray had some disconcerting words to say about Apple, and the way the company monitors the iPhone apps, he also gave the company some credit: “I hate it, even though the iPhone hardware and software are great.”