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While both Google and Apple might play down the obvious tensions between them, that didn’t stop the search giant’s vice-president of engineering from reading Apple the riot act during his Google I/O keynote on Thursday.
TechCrunch is reporting that Google’s VP of engineering, Vic Gundotra, used his Thursday keynote at the Google I/O developer conference to not-so-subtly take pot shots at competitor Apple as he extolls the virtues of Android and why the world needs the open-source mobile platform.
The interesting part, however, is where Gundotra relays a conversation with Android boss Andy Rubin, defending the then-unreleased platform as necessary to avoid “a Draconian future, a future where one man, one company, one device, one carrier would be our only choice” -- without a doubt, a spear thrown in Apple’s direction regarding the iPhone. It didn’t take the Google exec but three minutes to get in his opening jab, and it didn’t stop there.
Gundotra then displays a poster of 1984 with the title, “Not the Future We Want.” The 1984 reference harkens back to Apple’s use of the same imagery in the iconic television commercial the company used to launch the Macintosh that same year, which is clearly coming back to bite them on the rump 26 years later.
“So if you believe in openness, if you believe in choice, if you believe in innovation from everyone,” Gundotra proclaims, “then welcome to Android.”
You can see the YouTube video for yourself, embedded below.