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.