Android chief: ‘Phone shouldn’t be an assistant’

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The war of the OS’s has continued after Microsoft’s Steve Balmer slammed Android as being only for computer geeks with Android chief Andy Rubin having a word or two.

“I don’t believe your phone should be an assistant,” Rubin said in an interview. “Your phone is a tool for communicating. You shouldn’t be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone.”

On the question of whether people will use it or not, he said, “To some degree it is natural for you to talk to your phone,” though how much people will trust a piece of technology over a human, he’s not so sure. “We’ll see how pervasive it gets,” he said, somewhat mysteriously.

Rubin also pointed out one of the Android co-founders, Rich Miner, had a text-to-speech company called Wildfire, while General Magic also tried its hand with its precursor to the PDA. “This isn’t a new notion,” he said. But he praised Apple for its timing. “In projecting the future, I think Apple did a good job of figuring out when the technology was ready to be consumer-grade.” As Apple tends to do.

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