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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 Helbore on 7/10/2010 12:35:59 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, do people really believe this "there was no smartphone before the iPhone" bullshit? I owned touchscreen smartphones 5 years before the iPhone ever came out.

And before you say "but the iPhone revolutionised the interface" every smartphone every year brought new improvements to the design. Yes, the iPhone in 2007 had a better interface than my WinMo phone I bought 5 years earlier. THat's what 5 years of improved development and hardware capabilites do for you. It would be like saying a Cor 2 Duo PC is better than a 486, therefore the Core 2 Duo revolutionised computers. Of course new tech is better than old tech (one would hope, anyway)

The iPhone was not the first phone with a larger than 1" screen. It wasn't the first with a colour screen. It wasn't even first with a touchscreen. I should also add that the iPhone 1 couldn't even install apps, whilst every other smartphone could, so it sure as hell wasn't the first to do something other than make calls.

But you just go on comparing the iPhone to a Nokia 3310 and keep believing it was the revolution is was. It makes no-one look stupid but you.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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