For Steve Jobs, “open” is a synonym of Windows

Steve Jobs said this during his conference call with analysts:

Google loves to characterize Android as “open,” and iOS and iPhone as “closed”. We find this a bit disingenuous, and clouding the real difference between our two approaches. The first thing most of us think about when we hear the word “open” is Windows, which is available on a variety of devices. Unlike Windows, however, where most PCs have the same user interface and run the same apps, 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.

I think that Jobs is just confused about what “open” means…

Look Steve when Google says that Android is “open”, they are saying that Android is “Open source” which means that if Google just decides that no longer want to support Android, anyone can just download the source code and continue its business; And when Google says that iOS is “close”, it means that if Apple just decides to stop producing it, everyone needs to start looking for new “Jobs” elsewhere…

You can read the complete transcript here: http://www.macworld.com/article/154980/2010/10/jobs_transcript.html