Ex Google Mobile Product Manager Criticizes Android G1

Publicado: 26 setembro, 2008 em Uncategorized

From: Michael Arrington
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 7:44 AM
Subject: Ex Google Mobile Product Manager Criticizes Android

don’t think Ulf
, until recently a Product Marketing Manager for Google Mobile,
should be expecting to get his old job back after yesterday’s comments on the new
Android phone

In a blog
he says the phone’s physical design hasn’t changed in 2.5 years, and
calls it ugly and old fashioned. He also criticizes the color choices:

It’s funny – but the first time I heard about Android was about 2.5 years
ago, when Eric Schmidt told me about the device at Stanford after I got a job
offer from Google (yet before I accepted it!). Since then I have seen many
iterations of the software. The software. Not the device itself, because sadly
it hasn’t changed in many years. The reason many people see the phone as ugly
and old-fashioned is simply… because it IS! It’s a design unchanged for at
least two years, without iterations on it besides color schemas (it’s now
available in Zune-brown along with white and black) and the silly ‘with
Google’ description on the back. Don’t ask me what ‘with Google’ means. I
didn’t understand it back then and still don’t understand it

Ulf adds more thoughts on his Facebook profile: “Ulf is disappointed but
not surprised about the ‘G1′. Where’s the cheap data plan? Where do I plug in my
headphones? No video player? How do I get contacts in it?”

He’s now working at MySpace, where he says he runs their mobile product
operations. My guess is MySpace won’t be thrilled with the blog post, given how
cozy they’ve been with Google since joining
the Open Social coalition
a year ago.

I’d also be surprised if Ulf is correct that the phone itself hasn’t changed
in 2.5 years, which predates the first launch of the iPhone. Did it really have
a touchscreen then? And a compass, accelerometer and GPS?

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Posted by email from Roberto Warken (posterous)


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