Microsoft Windows Phone division takes a swipe at Android

Android has a following comprised of both die hard fans and casual smartphone users. It offers both a user friendly interface and an everchanging marketplace of award winning applications to keep people in touch with their phone. Those who have used a Windows Phone usually agree that the interface is great, but it lacks the support of the applications that they have come to love from their Android or iPhone device. Andy Lees, president of Microsoft’s Windows Phone division, believes that Android is becoming too fragmented as a mobile OS, and will eventually succomb to the “chaos” that will result. Lees said to the Seattle Times, “I think Android is heading down this chaotic phase. We want to enable [manufacturers], we want to enable operators, but we don’t want chaos,”

Apple has been cited in the past of making the same observation near the birth of the Windows Phone 7. Apple believes they have a superior product because their OS lacks the fragmentation of similar Android and WP7 devices because their is only one device that runs iOS: the iPhone. Because of this, they don’t have the most popular operating system, but they do have the most popular phone. Lees goes on to say with respect to Android, “It feels like, with some of them, that you’ve had several cooks in the kitchen trying to bake different things with the same thing. Whereas we have much more coherency in the totality of what somebody gets when they buy our phone.” While may agree with him, others may also cite that the WP7 is following a similar distribution strategy, and as it gains popularity over time, WP7 owners may find the same shortcomings with consistency in their devices.

Microsoft is extremely excited about their WP7 Mango release, and confidence is to be expected; however, many are taking these quotes as being overly confident and cocky. With the similarities between Android and WP7, we, the consumers, can only hope that microsoft is taking notes so that any mistake made by Android is not eventually replicated by Windows Phone.