The year is 2010, and the Google-Apple smartphone rivalry is just getting warmed up. Google exec Vic Gundotra stood onstage at Google I/O and delivered a manifesto of sorts for Android. And somehow, the rhetoric of political repression made its way into the smartphone scene.
“If Google didn’t act, it faced a draconian future where one man, one phone, one carrier were our choice. That’s a future we don’t want,” he said. “If you believe in openness, if you believe in choice, if you believe in innovation from everyone, then welcome to Android.”