Jobs lays into BlackBerry and Android

With 14.1 million iPhones sold in its Q4, and quarterly revenues over the $20 billion mark, it’s no wonder Apple CEO Steve Jobs was uber-bullish during the company’s earnings call last night.

Jobs – who doesn’t usually take part in these analyst calls – spent some time discussing the rival BlackBerry and Android platforms, while also criticising non-iOS tablet makers, and hinting at the company’s future acquistion plans.

Here’s some of the highlights:

On BlackBerry

"We’ve now passed RIM. And I don’t see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future. They must move beyond their area of strength and comfort, into the unfamiliar territory of trying to become a software platform company."

On Android

"Android is very fragmented. Many Android OEMs, including the two largest, HTC and Motorola, install proprietary user interfaces to differentiate themselves from the commodity Android experience. The user’s left to figure it all out. Compare this with iPhone, where every handset works the same."

"Many Android apps work only on selected Android handsets, running selected Android versions. And this is for handsets that have been shipped less than 12 months ago! Compare this with iPhone, where there are two versions of the software, the current and the most recent predecessor, to test against."

To read more comments from Jobs, including his thoughts on tablets, Nokia, smartphones and acquisitions, head over to sister site ME.

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