The myth that Google released Android to fend off draconian control from Apple

Thu, May 20, 2010


We reported earlier today, and it’s since been heavily discussed all over the web, that Google took a number of shots at Apple at today’s Google I/O conference.

One quote in particular that’s generated a lot of buzz is this gem where Google explains why it decided to come out with Android.

“If we did not act, we faced a draconian future. Where one man, one company, one carrier was the future.”

Spare me. As someone pointed out in the comments, Google purchased Android in August 2005, almost two years before anyone even had an inkling as to what the iPhone experience would be like and three years before the iTunes App Store even existed.

Matt Drance chimes in:

Google is a publicly traded corporation that controls the flow of more and more information every day. It’s very troubling to watch them rewrite history in such a self-serving manner.

You might very well think that Apple is big, bad, and evil, but that doesn’t necessarily turn Google into a company oozing with goodness.

And on a related note, some have speculated that Google CEO and former Apple board member Eric Schmidt might have had an inside track on Apple’s iPhone plans, but he didn’t actually join Apple’s board of directors until August 29, 2006, a full year after Google had already purchased Android.



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