Introducing Android


NICK SEARS: It all started when
I first met Andy who was CEO of Danger. And I was working at T-Mobile. We also had another
friend in common. His name was Rich Miner. And the three of us all believed
that it was too difficult to get new
products out to consumers in a timely fashion. And we thought the missing
link was not having an open platform. And that’s how Android
got started. STEVE HOROWITZ: Android is
basically an opportunity to make a better phone. DAN MORRILL: It’s hard today to
take a cell phone and bend it to your will. PEISUN WU: The ability to have
your cell phone do whatever the heck you want it to do. DAN MORRILL: That’s exactly what
the platform lets you do. ERICK TSENG: The gPhone is
really this great moniker that the press has put
on to Android. Right ILIYAN MALCHEV: This
is the gPhone. STEVE HOROWITZ: There’s no such
thing as a single gPhone. ILIYAN MALCHEV: OK, this
is not the gPhone. STEVE HOROWITZ: What we’re doing
is enabling an entire industry to create thousands
of G Phones. NICK SEARS: In order for that
to happen you need all of these industry players who
can make that happen. STEVE HOROWITZ: A collection of
great partners, companies. MIKE CLERON: Manufacturers
and carriers and developers and users. NICK SEARS: It’s really that
group of alliance members who are going to make it happen. PER GUSTAFSSON: Even a teenager
in the basement and a senior designer in a
big company, they have the same chance. BRIAN SWETLAND: They
run a bunch of Unix command line software. I’m sure there’s a good
five people out there who read Slashdot. He’ll be all over that. NICK SEARS: You have to be a
little bit careful when you’re around Andy and his robots. BRIAN SWETLAND: Andy Rubin is
a big sort of robotics nut. NICK SEARS: I’ve seen his
dog attack his robots. MIKE CLERON: And I knew he
kind of liked robots. NICK SEARS: He’s really
into robots. If my phone could do anything,
it would be that we could have a shared family calendar. STEVE HOROWITZ: Keep
track of my kids. TOBIAS ANDERSSON: Maybe
some social thing. PEISUN WU: My taxes. GERMAN BAUER: Make me understand
my wife better. I would translate her thoughts
and I could see them. STEVE HOROWITZ: Open is good
because it’s about choice, and it allows people to
do what they want. NICK SEARS: You get
more innovation. It lowers costs. It increases creativity. PER GUSTAFSSON: Kind of similar
to what’s happening on the internet. Everyone can contribute. MIKE CLERON: A catalyst
for innovation. MALE SPEAKER: Start composing.

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