Google’s Larry Page accuses Steve Jobs of “rewriting history”

Fri, Jul 9, 2010


During a briefing at this weeks Allen & Co’s Sun Valley conference, Google co-founder Larry Page accused Apple CEO Steve Jobs of re-writing the history of Android to make it appear as if Google decided to go after the iPhone out of the blue and out of sheer malice. On the contrary, Page notes that Google began working on Android long before Apple even released the iPhone.

“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 [the iPhone was introduced] is not really reasonable.”

Fair enough, and Google did in fact purchase Android back in 2005. At the same time, Google isn’t above re-writing history itself. At the Google I/O conference back in May, Google stated that it brought Android to the market to prevent Apple from attaining to much power.

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

Also of note is that prior to the launch of the G1, Jobs and Scott Forstall had in fact seen Android prototypes that looked more like BlackBerrys than anything else. The form factor of the G1, however, was eerily too similar to the iPhone for Jobs’ liking, according to a former Apple employee.

via Fortune


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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Chanso de Roland Says:

    And if Google was working on smartphone well before Apple released the iPhone, which Apple had been working on from at least 2005, why didn’t Eric Schmidt do the honorable thing, which would have been to tell Steve Jobs that Google intended to compete in smartphones and resign from Apples Board, as soon as he became aware of Apple’s plans to launch its own smartphone and tablet computer (Apple started working on the iPad in 2003)?

  2. Scott B. Says:

    Chanso, I Couldn’t agree more with your post, Schmidt should have left Apple, other then passing information over to goole tech to change the device from a look alike blackberry to the close clone of the iPhone.

    Problem is with all the trying, Google still can’t grab the product stability that Apple has with the iPhone OS and Hardware Software integration and Google will never be able to achieve this…Never.

    Also Apple was working on this type of “Pad” device for years, Just as Job’s said in the Interview he looked at it and thought “Hey This would make a Great Phone”

    Also sine Google lied about the reason that they bought Android stating it is due to Apple, Saying that just proved Apple had it first Not Them..

    Google Lies again and Again, People will see this, But it will be to late due to all the information Goole has on each Individual.

    Time to cut the google Cord, With a court order Goole has to turn over all your information to the Govt., Don’t believe me.. Check it out Folks.

    Oh and Android Fan Boys this is not about your precious phone, It’s about the Google Corp, that has a HISTORY of deception and lies.

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