"I think I'm having a Gene Amdahl moment" Andy Rubin opened his Android openness piece
with, referring to the ex-IBM engineer's notorious "fear, uncertainty and doubt
" quote that has matured into a catch-all term shorthand for using disinformation to build doubt around your competitors. To be fair there's plenty of confusion to go around: claims attributed to OHA partners
that Google was prioritizing only those who would kow-tow to its UI demands, attempting to block devices that switched out its own search for that of Microsoft's Bing, and limiting code access to a cabal of favorites.
Serious allegations when you've built your platform on the promise of open access and flexibility. As we pointed out last week
, there are several good reasons why Google would benefit from clamping down - at least a little - in the name of anti-fragmentation, but Rubin is keen to validate Android's free-spirited ethos. Nonetheless, there are holes where we'd like to see facts.