New Google man slams Apple's 'Disneyfied walled garden'

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Ex-Sun man Tim Bray has joined Google and started as he means to go on, with a blistering attack on the iPhone.

Bray, the co-inventor of XML, was one of a number of Sun execs to jump ship after the company was taken over by Oracle.

"I’d had an offer to stay with Oracle which I decided to decline; I’ll maybe tell the story when I can think about it without getting that weird spiking-blood-pressure sensation in my eyeballs," he says on his blog.

He now becomes Google's developer advocate for Android - and, boy, does he advocate, describing Android as "about as unambiguously a good thing as the tangled wrinkly human texture of the net can sustain just now."

And he doesn't mince his words when it comes to Apple.

"The iPhone vision of the mobile internet’s future omits controversy, sex, and freedom, but includes strict limits on who can know what and who can say what. It’s a sterile Disneyfied walled garden surrounded by sharp-toothed lawyers," he says.

"Apple apparently thinks you can have the benefits of the Internet while at the same time controlling what programs can be run and what parts of the stack can be accessed and what developers can say to each other."

He gives some hints about the direction he's likely to follow in the new role; it  looks like there's to be little focus on native apps, and more on HTML5.