Remember when connected devices were called “internet appliances”? That’s when Jean-Baptiste Queru starting working on operating systems and mobile platforms. “It was the beginning of an industry. Really, it was the beginning of wireless at home. That was a big deal.” Jean-Baptiste Queru sat down with us on last week’s Android Headlines shows for almost an hour. We talked about with him about how he got his start in software engineering, his time at Google managing the Android Open Source Project, and what he’s been up to at Yahoo over the last year.
“I work on every mobile app that Yahoo does, directly or indirectly. I’m involved in all of them. It’s a lot of very fun work. I tend to focus a lot on the way that all of the different Yahoo apps work together. The way you sign into one app and hopefully you’re signed into all of them. We’re not there yet, but that’s one of the things I’m working on. Also how you navigate from one app to the next, how you share content from one app to the next, how the settings carry over from one app to the next. Those are some of the things I tend to focus on,” JBQ said.
JBQ left Google to go to Yahoo a little over a year ago. The environment at the two companies is pretty different. “The most visible difference, I would say, is that Yahoo is a lot more purple than Google. But if you really look at the big picture, in many ways the companies aren’t so different. Both companies, both Yahoo and Google, put users first. Both companies solve very hard problems. Both companies really want to get excellent results. They are not happy with “good enough.” They both want excellence,” Queru said.
The interview was fantastic. JBQ is the nicest guy on the planet and we had a ton of fun talking to him. He even hung out for about 10 minutes after the show ended, just talking with us. Huge thanks to JBQ and Yahoo for taking some time to talk to us. You can watch the full interview below or download the podcast and take it with you. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Android Headlines Show.