Google CEO Says Steve Jobs' Anger Over Android Was 'Actually for Show'

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Google CEO Larry Page says Steve Jobs' anger over Android was 'actually for show', in an interview with Bloomberg.

According to the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, when you became CEO you went to Jobs for advice. I know you had your differences at the end around Android, but what did you take from him as a mentor and a friend?

I think the Android differences were actually for show. I had a relationship with Steve. I wouldn't say I spent a lot of time with him over the years, but I saw him periodically. Curiously enough, actually, he requested that meeting. He sent me an e-mail and said: "Hey, you want to get together and chat?" I said, "Sure, I'll come over." And we had a very nice talk. We always did when we had a discussion generally.

He was quite sick. I took it as an honor that he wanted to spend some time with me. I figured he wanted to spend time with his family at that point. He had a lot of interesting insights about how to run a company and that was pretty much what we discussed.

Wait, the fury around Android was for show?

I think that served their interests. For a lot of companies, it's useful for them to feel like they have an obvious competitor and to rally around that. I personally believe that it's better to shoot higher. You don't want to be looking at your competitors. You want to be looking at what's possible and how to make the world better.

Page's view certainly does not mesh with what Steve Jobs told Walter Isaacson in an expletive-laced rant that Google's actions amounted to "grand theft".

"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," Jobs said. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."

Steve Jobs also told Eric Schmidt that he was not interested in settling. "I don't want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won't want it. I've got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want."

Jobs' anger doesn't seem like a show to us.

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DacksMac - April 5, 2012 at 4:57am
Love my iPhone. Definitely prefer this OS over Android. Much cleaner, more secure, and better on an enterprise. Android is for the birds. Also, Apple makes their own phones and Google relies on everyone else do there is no competition there.
Hummm - April 5, 2012 at 4:49am
He is totaly correct. Apple fags open your...eyes. This was the show you fags liked watching. Let see for how long will it last. Where is innovation in apple's products recently launched? Nowhere. The last true innovation was the Iphone. And than we only see updades and releases of some innivative technology either bought from other companies or stolen from Cydia and Android. And yes, This includes SIIR too. If it's such an innovative company why did it take apple so long to reach the top? The anwser: they didn't invest so much in MARKETING before as they do nowadays. Wall street knows that and the fact that apple stocks have gone up in skies, is mostly due to it's cash and nothing else. But this savings means they are not investing in technology nor in R
Full_Blown_Addict - April 5, 2012 at 5:48am
I have to admit Google has done a lot of cool things with android since it came out but It's kind of the same thing with the android os. 75% of it was either bought or Stolen/Copied from other companies or the developer community including the android OS itself. Yes some of things in iOS were bought or used from the community and developers recruited to apple but apple wrote and designed 75% of iOS from the ground up themselves and they design, marker and sell their own products. Unlike Google who relies on other companies for hardware or products because they can't to it themselves and who bought their OS which was Copied from work Apple had been doing for years.
Full_Blown_Addict - April 5, 2012 at 7:53am
And for Apples "non" innovation since the iPhone. What about the iPad, MacBook Air, Retina Displays, and the App Stores for iPhone/iPod, iPad and Mac that are growing like crazy and even changing the mobile gaming market? What android tablets have even came close to competing with the iPad? Everytime an android tablet comes out its modeled as the next big thing and an iPad killer. Give me a break. How about the android market or what ever you call it now. Ya it might have close to the same amount of apps as the App Store but half of its filled with junk, copy cat apps and malware. And look at what a joke the android tablets app market is. Doesn't even compare to the iPads. No wonder so many android developers and some big name ones too are jumping ship "and yes it's true, you can look it up" for iOS and even Windows phone. And how about the Macbook Air. Being one of the thinnest laptops on the market. You got all these "Ultrabooks" coming out trying to copy and compete and most are failing miserably. I just find it funny that All these companies try to copy Almost Everything Apple comes out with and Most of the products that come out are complete junk and failures. Apple products are only gonna get better and better while the others fall behind.
Your-Moma - April 6, 2012 at 4:08pm
Errm since when was siri "copied/stolen" from cydia/ android community ? Go back to your world of Warcraft pc ... Go back to looservile
Mr yogi - April 4, 2012 at 9:58pm
Google needs to start paying taxes!!! Don't do evil my ass
Al - April 4, 2012 at 7:18pm
Fuck off ex apple Ceo!
Sid - April 4, 2012 at 6:56pm
Fuck off google CEO
Your-Moma - April 4, 2012 at 8:35pm
"Google don't be evil" yet they are evil incarnate! Why is this Larry tit head slating a dead man?
Full_Blown_Addict - April 5, 2012 at 4:05am
He's saying this now after Jobs died because 1- he's a pussy and didn't have the guts to say it while Jobs was alive and 2 - he probably knew if he said it while he was alive Jobs would have ripped him a new one and probably would have spent almost every penny he had at his disposal to destroy him and android.
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