February 24, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
It was no surprise that AT&T didn’t warm up to Android when Google first announced the mobile operating system. AT&T was still getting fat off subscribers the iPhone attracted, so why rock the boat with a new product that directly competed with its flagship device? Even less surprising, AT&T still isn’t sold on Android according to an interview Engadget conducted with AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega.
De La Vega told Engadget, “We like the Android as an operating system on its own, but we want to make sure that we have, and customers have the option, to put applications on that device that are not just Google applications.”
Come again? Android allows anyone with $25 and some programming skills to develop apps, so it’s not “just Google applications.” Outside developers have plenty of opportunities to develop apps, much like the iPhone. Not to mention that Apple places far more restrictions on applications than Google.
De La Vega did express some valid concerns about Android’s security and openness, citing them as issues that need to be addressed before AT&T considers bringing Android to its subscribers. De La Vega says that his company is open to the idea of an Android coming to AT&T someday, just not anytime soon based on his comments. You can read the full interview at Engadget.