Just a guy searching for the perfect cup of coffee.
Why do I hate Android? It’s definitely one of the questions I get asked most often these days. And most of those that don’t ask probably assume it’s because I’m an iPhone guy. People see negative take after negative take about the operating system and label me as “unreasonable” or “biased” or worse.
I should probably explain.
Believe it or not, I actually don’t hate Android. That is to say, I don’t hate the concept of Android — in fact, at one point, I loved it. What I hate is what Android has become. And more specifically, what Google has done with Android.
Apparently this middle finger thing has touched a nerve.
I honestly didn’t intend all of this to be some free speech debate, or a discussion about why Google still doesn’t understand social. I was just mildly annoyed and found it a bit ridiculous. But these things tend to take on lives of their own. So it goes.
Before I shut up about this and attempt to get actual work done, I did want to respond to what Tom Anderson (the artist formerly known as “MySpace Tom”) wrote. To be clear, Tom reached out to me with what he was going to write beforehand, to make sure I was cool with him posting it. I obviously was. I will never have a problem with someone disagreeing with me as long as they’re not total asshats about it — and Tom is anything but.
But I still think he’s wrong.
Tom basically argues that Google has to remove content like my middle finger image just as Facebook and Twitter and MySpace have had to throughout the years. If they don’t, “it turns into a cesspool that no one wants to visit… sorta like MySpace was,” he writes. (And how fucking awesome is it that he is willing to be that brutally honest about his former company?)
Wow. Josh Topolsky is mad. And that by itself is fine — he’s clearly passionate about technology, which is great. What’s not fine is the fact that he’s way off-base in his rant. So far off-base that I need to respond.
First and foremost, Topolsky has decided to turn my thoughts on the Galaxy Nexus into full on class warfare between Android and iOS. That is, he twists my comparison of attention to detail into an argument about rich vs. poor people.
I mean, he actually tries to do this.
One little problem.
Sometimes you want so badly to say “I told you so!” after months of getting kicked in the ass, that you do so without really looking into what you’re writing about. Or even thinking, really.
Such is the predicament Dan Lyons finds himself in today.
The artist formerly known as Fake Steve Jobs wrote the following this morning immediately after hearing about Google buying Motorola: