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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 Tony Swash on 7/11/2010 11:59:14 AM , Rating: 0
Apple is EVERYONE'S enemy right now because of Steve Jobs and his maniacal assault on open platforms in his attempt to lock-down the entire world. I mean for fucks sake, how many lawsuits has Apple filed this year alone for bullshit anyway?

I am not sure I understand what you are talking about.

Clearly Apple is not the enemy of its 100 million or so customers and will not be the enemy of the 30 million or so new customers it will probably add in the next year or so.

Apple does indeed seek to control the elements that go into its product stack more than most companies and this results in a customer experience that is very popular. That's why Apple does it.

Apple is not more litigious than any other tech company with a lot of original material to protect. Apple was sued first over the iPhone and holds enough patents to sue a lot more if it chose. Generally Apple's attitude is "let's make the best products and let the market decide". Apple has a lot of confidence in its own abilities to compete.

Apple has sought to work with, link with and partner with many other companies and its biggest rivals (MS and Google for example).

Apple has committed to, and actively supports, numerous open source projects: see here for a full list

Of course webkit is its most significant contribution to open source and open standards.

It is also worth noting MacOSX is full of open standards. For example throughout MacOS and in any MacOSX app you can save almost anything as a PDF. Apple's support of PDF in OSX is better than Adobe's own tools for PDFs.

I think the view of Apple as a dangerous closed and hostile company is just a rather juvenile and reassuring myth amongst many techies. The tech equivalent of thinking that the Apollo moon shots were faked. Many techies are deeply disorientated by Apple's success and disempowered because their special techie abilities are generally not needed by Apple products end users (which is one of the reasons why Apple's products are so popular)

Thats enough for now - I am on vacation in Moab the sun is shining and Arches National park beckons :)

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook
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