Google Exec Tweets to Tell Jobs What "Open" Is

A war of words between Google and Apple continued last night, shortly after Apple CEO Steve Jobs publicly criticized Google’s mobile-device operating system, Android, which competes with Apple’s own software for the iPhone and iPad.

Jobs said Android was problematic because customers and app developers had to deal with a “mess” of numerous versions of the open-source software, which Google gives away for free to handset makers. He also said Google executives were “disingenuous” for calling Apple’s IOS operating system “closed.”

“Google loves to characterize Android as open and iOS and iPhone as closed,” he said during Apple’s third quarter earnings call. But that’s a “smokescreen to hide the real issue of what is best for the customer–integrated versus fragmented.”

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