Bitter and somewhat justified, Ulf Washbusch (we bet he never heard the end of it in high school) has decided to criticize Google Android and the phone on which it will be making its debut. You see, Ulf is now the ex-Google Mobile Product Manager who now works in MySpace’s mobile product operations. We think Ulf is just embarrassing himself like telling a girlfriend who just dumped you, “Well, your cooking stinks and I never liked the way you dressed, anyway,” when he says:
It’s funny – but the first time I heard about Android was about 2.5 years ago, when Eric Schmidt told me about the device at Stanford after I got a job offer from Google (yet before I accepted it!). Since then I have seen many iterations of the software. The software. Not the device itself, because sadly it hasn’t changed in many years. The reason many people see the phone as ugly and old-fashioned is simply… because it IS! It’s a design unchanged for at least two years, without iterations on it besides color schemas (it’s now available in Zune-brown along with white and black) and the silly ‘with Google’ description on the back. Don’t ask me what ‘with Google’ means. I didn’t understand it back then and still don’t understand it today.
Well then, it seems someone wasn’t happy with his department during his tenure at Google. We see his point – the phone could have been a little sexier. We take that back, it could have been a hellofalot sexier, but there isn’t much to be done at this point. Apparently, this guy is not stopping just at his blog when his Facebook status read, “Ulf is disappointed but not surprised about the ‘G1′. Where’s the cheap data plan? Where do I plug in my headphones? No video player? How do I get contacts in it?”
Be careful, MySpace, you’ve a feisty one on your hands! That’s right, pour gasoline on the bridge, light match, and watch it burn. Burn!