Steve Jobs talks down Amazon Kindle, Google Android

— 6:00 AM on January 17, 2008

The Amazon Kindle e-book reader and Google's Android mobile platform project have both garnered a considerable amount of attention, and some see both efforts as revolutionary. In an interview with the New York Times, however, Apple's charismatic CEO and co-founder has suggested he believes the hype isn't justified.

"It doesn't matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don't read anymore," Steve Jobs asserted when discussing the Kindle. Mentioning a statistic that says 40% of Americans read one book or less last year, Jobs added, "The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don't read anymore."

As for the Android platform, with which Google seeks to create "thousands of Gphones," Jobs believes the search giant may have overplayed its hand:

"Having created a phone, it's a lot harder than it looks," he said. "We'll see how good their software is and we'll see how consumers like it and how quickly it is adopted." In seeking not to get locked out of the mobile phone world, "I actually think Google has achieved their goal without Android, and I now think Android hurts them more than it helps them. It's just going to divide them and people who want to be their partners."

As Gizmodo suggests, that last sentence could be interpreted as meaning Android will drive a wedge between Apple and Google. Today, Google CEO Eric Schmidt sits on Apple's board of directors, and the iPhone is loaded with software that taps into Google Maps and Gmail.

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