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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: How does it feel, Apple?
By Tony Swash on 7/9/2010 8:34:01 PM , Rating: -1
But wait that was what, 5 years ago now? iPhone wasn't revolutionary.. just a pretty package that included everyone else's stuff.

I think the issue here is this. The iPhone had an interface unlike any other phone at the time.

Google was developing Android its own phone OS at the same time Apple was developing the iPhone OS.

Prior to the release of the iPhone (and its huge success) all the released information about Android showed it with nothing like the iPhone interface.

After the release of the iPhone Android starts to use a very similar interface to the iPhone. While all this is happening the CEO of Google is sitting on the board at Apple.

Draw your own conclusions but it is reasonable to infer that Google were heavily influenced by the iPhone interface and changed Android to be more like the iPhone (after all the iPhone was, and is, the only real competitor to Android, MS are dead in the water and Symbian et al are yesterday's technology)

RE: How does it feel, Apple?
By Darkskypoet on 7/9/2010 8:48:47 PM , Rating: 5
Not really...

Take a look at the original Palm hand helds... Full touch screen? Yep. Hand writing interface? Yep. Could we consider that a form of gesturing or multi-touch? sure. But really I mean if you don't believe me.. take a look here:


Or better still, you think apple invented the full touch screen look?


I mean come on... You can say Apple has a pretty O/S, and that an App store isn't just a commercialized package repository that *nix users have been utilizing FOREVER... but please don't try even try to tell me with a straight face that Apple did anything first... It simply bundled what others had already done the major R&D on, with a certain balance of compromises that others hadn't tried yet.

RE: How does it feel, Apple?
By Darkskypoet on 7/9/2010 8:50:35 PM , Rating: 2
Another link... apparently 3 links is:
"This comment is apparently spam and we do not allow spam comments."

And just a nice shot covering the range:

RE: How does it feel, Apple?
By Tony Swash on 7/10/10, Rating: -1
"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs
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