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AsiaD: Andy Rubin, Google Mobile Cheif Talks Steve Jobs, Apple, Tablets and Microsoft

At the All Things D’s AsiaD conference on Wednesday, Google’s mobile chief Andy Rubin talk to Walt Mossberg about the Android.

When Walt asked, “How come Android tablets have completely flopped in the market?”

Rubin responded, “Well Walt, I wouldn’t say completely flopped….There’s a little over 6 million Android tablets that we know about…It’s a healthy start….anything, I would say, over a couple hundred thousand pays for itself…but it’s not thirty million.”

Andy Rubin at AsiaDWhen asked if Apple will “lose step” with the passing of Steve Jobs, he responded:

“I don’t think so…The DNA in the people walking the halls at Apple is a very powerful combination of the arts and computer science, and I don’t think that’s changed with Steve’s passing. That combination of creativity and computer science, it’s still there. Apple will certainly miss Steve’s leadership, but now it’s time for the other guys to step up.”

Rubin on Siri says, “I don’t believe that your phone should be an assistant.” Adding, “Your phone is a tool for communicating. You shouldn’t be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone… To some degree it is natural for you to talk to your phone…We’ll see how pervasive it gets.”

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