"2012 is going to be the year that we double down and make sure we’re winning in that space."
That was Andy Rubin talking about Android’s tablet strategy at Mobile World Congress, as relayed by The Verge.
Across all the various OEMs that make Android tablets, 12 million have been sold in total. Ever. For context, Apple sold 15 million iPads last quarter.
Obviously, Google needs to do better in the space. And they should be able to. Quite honestly, it would be hard to do much worse given the interest in the space (thanks mainly to the aforementioned iPad) on both a consumer and OEM level. But Rubin’s excuse as to why the Android tablets are selling so poorly is suspect at best.
the definition of open: “mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ; repo sync ; make”— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) October 19, 2010
A couple days ago I noted something odd: Andy Rubin’s first tweet, the one in which he gives the “definition of open” (for Android) was gone. Given that Rubin had just sent another tweet updating some numbers for Android, I assumed he (or someone) deleted it. And I wasn’t alone. Several Google employees rushed to Rubin’s defense, saying he likely deleted it due to the fact that the server which was hosting the code had been hacked over the summer and the code was subsequently moved, so Rubin’s tweet was no longer technically true.
But that explanation didn’t mesh with other things I was hearing as to why Rubin deleted it. Depending on who you talked to, there were a number of reasons, actually. And there’s a good reason for that — no one knew. And there’s a good reason no one knew: Rubin didn’t actually delete the tweet.
I reached out to Twitter about this possibility yesterday and they got back to me today confirming that it was a bug which deleted Rubin’s tweet. They fixed the bug, and the tweet has been restored.
"During maintenance we encountered a bug. It caused us to drop a very small percentage of tweets. One of those was Andy’s. As soon as we realized this, we began work to restore them. We were able to recover them quickly and they’ve now been restored," Twitter spokesperson Carolyn Penner tells me (from vacation no less).
She also notes this hasn’t happened before, so it was a tricky thing to figure out what was going on. So, stand down everyone. I apologize for getting everyone into a tizzy. Rubin’s open tweet still stands, even if it is technically incorrect now.
Update: I’m glad Rubin didn’t delete the tweet, because the debate rages on:
Update: Stand down everyone, Twitter simply lost the tweet then restored it!
A few minutes ago, Android chief Andy Rubin sent out his 6th tweet. A milestone. Never mind that they’re all self-serving promotion with Rubin never responding to anything or really giving anything in the way of context. They’re all awesome. Kudos.
But wait. I thought this was his 7th tweet…
That was the response I kept getting after noting Rubin’s milestone. But I counted and counted again. Six.
Not so fast.
Turns out, the people are right. This was actually Rubin’s 7th tweet, but he deleted one of them…
the definition of open: “mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ; repo sync ; make”
Yes, Rubin for some reason has deleted his most famous tweet. His first tweet! One that led to stories by myself and others.
That tweet no longer exists. His first one listed is now from December 2010, trumpeting, what else: Android activations!!!!
Where did the initial tweet go? Who knows. But it sure looks like he deleted it. Deleted it in an “open” way, I’m sure.
Luckily for us all, I saved Rubin’s real first tweet from October 19, 2010. Find it below:
Update: "Open" has been redefined! (Though not by Rubin.) Phew. That was close.