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Apple's Steve Jobs

Google's Larry Page  (Source: Latest Technology News)
Larry Page tries to set the record straight with regards to Android

It's no secret that the relationship between Apple and Google is a bit rocky to say the least. While the two companies forged a partnership with the launch of the original iPhone (Google makes its presence known on the iPhone via Mobile Safari search, YouTube app, and Maps app), Steve Jobs over the past six months or so has been growing a bit resentful of Google's rise to power with its Android mobile operating system.

However, Google's Larry Page now contends that Jobs' anger is misplaced. While speaking at the Allen & Co conference this week in Silicon Valley, Page stated, "We had been working on Android a very long time, with the notion of producing phones that are Internet enabled and have good browsers and all that because that did not exist in the marketplace."

"I think that characterization of us entering after is not really reasonable."

Page then went on to say that Jobs' characterization of the events that took place leading up to Google's release of Android OS as "a little bit of rewriting history."

Earlier this year, Steve Jobs went on a rampage at an Apple Town hall stating that Google's "Don’t Be Evil Mantra Is Bulls**t" -- another source contends that Jobs said that "a load of crap" was the actual statement used, but you get the point.

Last month at the All Things D conference, Jobs again touched on the Google subject stating, "They decided to compete with us. We didn't go into the search business!" 

Despite the difference of opinion on Google' motives for Android, Google CEO (and former Apple board member) Eric Schmidt also weighed in stating that the two companies still have a strong partnership with the iPhone. And just this past March, Jobs and Schmidt were seen canoodling outside a cafe in Palo Alto, California.



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RE: A little difference...
By bbomb on 7/9/2010 7:15:25 PM , Rating: 3
Googles Android OS is direct competition to Apples products and to say that it is in an entirely different segment because its open and iOS isn't is grasping at straws to differentiate the two.

Apple showed Google how to do it so Google did it to take marketshare from Apple. Business as usual.


RE: A little difference...
By Darkskypoet on 7/9/2010 8:26:32 PM , Rating: 4
Gotta disagree... Palm showed everyone how to do it... Then disappeared off the scene of innovation for like 5 years. Sadly, that was a magical disapearing trick. However, HP might finally make something of the IP. If you think Apple has patents in the mobile device segment, just take a look at Palms... There's a reason Apple shut up about suing Palm over touch interface patents. Palm holds most of them.


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