Sierra_Dad - 4:49 pm on Oct 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
It's all rhetoric.
This guy hasn't noticed Google Voice? That's definitely talking to your phone. The phone doesn't talk back much now, but any developer or manufacturer could make that happen.
Andy Rubin's statements haven't stopped Android from making progress in the past. He was saying he didn't like pinch and zoom; that didn't stop Android from embracing it. There was a delay, but the real reason was Apple's patents, and Google has since decided just to let Android Manufacturers get sued.
Steve Jobs also said noone would ever want a 7 inch tablet. Many experts, though, believe you will see an iPad mini in spring.
"You shouldn’t be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone."
Perhaps in the 1970s, yes.
But nowadays, talking with another person on the phone is a small percentage of the time spent on smartphones. People do spend a lot of time communicating with their phones - they've got touchscreens, keyboards, and buttons. It remains to be seen how much they will want to use voice, but they definitely communicate with the phone.