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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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Why Does Android OS look like iPhone OS v1.0
By jbelkin on 7/10/2010 4:22:19 AM , Rating: 2
Of course, no one really has to guts to ask why Google Docs looks like MS Office or that Gmail looks like Yahoo mail or that android looks like iphone OS 1.0 - and when they actually compete, they lose? Google video to YouTube? Google Nexus to iphone? No question - their search engine is brilliant - has Google has a second great idea not copied directly from a competitor? Is Google a one trick pony? why is 97% of their revenue still from search? they need to take a look in the mirror and ask what are they bringing to the table before trying to REWRITE the actual truth of the overall situation - they need to face up to the fact they have built a main business as second wave company (search) but bringing something new & brilliant at least there but everything else since then? Not just copying but copying copying? Kind of like Geely copying Kia copying Lexus copying Mercedes?

RE: Why Does Android OS look like iPhone OS v1.0
By Helbore on 7/10/2010 12:55:12 PM , Rating: 2
How does Android look like iOS 1.0? Have you even used Android before? Becuase last time I checked, the iPhone - even with iOS 4 - does having things like fully customisable home screens with widgets, full multitasking or a proper notification system like the Android tray.

You might as well say iOS 1.0 looked like WinMo or Symbian.

By Helbore on 7/10/2010 12:56:00 PM , Rating: 2
That should have said "doesn't have things like"

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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