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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 Darkskypoet on 7/9/2010 11:40:51 PM , Rating: 4
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.

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.

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?

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.

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!

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.

RE: How does it feel, Apple?
By sprockkets on 7/10/10, Rating: -1
RE: How does it feel, Apple?
By nafhan on 7/12/2010 9:47:13 AM , Rating: 2
No, you are missing the point, because Handspring made the Treo and the whole expansion scheme.
Funny thing about your example is the whole Palm/Handspring thing has some striking similarities to the Apple/Nextstep thing.

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