In the third part of our interview with Lee Williams of the Symbian Foundation, we turned to the subject of Android. I had expected Lee to give us one or two sentences about Android along the lines of ‘we see it, it’s not a focus for us’ but no — he got stuck right in, eloquently making the point that Android, whilst generally acknowledged to be ‘open’, isn’t entirely so.
Android, as Lee put it, exists to serve Google’s specific interests. Lee goes on to point out that as Symbian is entirely open (“Andy Rubin and others from Google can come sit on our councils, they can come check in code”) and believes this will make all the difference to the Symbian platform’s development over time.
Have a watch of the video and see what you think: