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
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.
quote: Sorry.. But I call Bullsh** to that comment. Long before you could buy an iPhone, Palm made 'THE' smart phone... I was using my Treo 650 with touch screen... And uh lets see:
quote: Spreadsheet to create and email invoices to clients
quote: Music playing from flash and from expansion SDCard
quote: Could play divx via a 3rd party media player from SDCard
quote: Could SMS, MMS, etc from phone... Just no Wifi support..
quote: But wait that was what, 5 years ago now? iPhone wasn't revolutionary.. just a pretty package that included everyone else's stuff.
quote: Actually, it was Palm that made the Treo.. My Treo ran Palm OS, it was a Palm device... As much as the iPhone is an Apple device, and not Foxconn's. You're missing the entire point however I fear.
quote: Palm never sued anyone for releasing apps for their hardware.. It was encouraged. The strength in the Palm OS scape, that is sadly neutered with the iPhone with Apple controlling all, is that I didn't have to hack my device to install any 3rd party app I wanted.
quote: Also Apple doesn't make every app for the iPhone, it is 3rd parties that have made the App Store as good and bad as it is. So are we then saying these 3rd party apps can't be counted as part of the iPhone experience?
quote: The iPhone is an iPod with a GSM radio and wifi... so yes naturally the music integration is wonderful, however that does not a smart phone make.
quote: All I am saying, is that allowing for hardware changes over the past 5-6 years my PALM Treo 650 could do everything the iPhone does, and more. The iPhone does it faster, prettier, with a larger screen, and has a far better browsing experience. HOWEVER: 5+ years later in this market segment? It damn well should!
quote: Besides which... cut and paste and tethering came standard with my treo 650 in like 2005/6... I had to wait for various firmware upgrades from Apple before my iPhone 3G could do it in 2009. Srsly? Sad.
quote: No, you are missing the point, because Handspring made the Treo and the whole expansion scheme.