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Google CEO: Steve Jobs' Android fury was 'for show'

updated 01:10 pm EDT, Wed April 4, 2012

Claims Android a useful rallying point

The differences former Apple CEO Steve Jobs had with Google over Android were "for show," according to Google CEO Larry Page. The executive made the comment in a recent interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, responding to a question about going to Jobs for advice after becoming CEO. "I think the Android differences were actually for show," said Page. "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."

Elaborating, Page added that he thought the fury "served their [Apple's] 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."

Jobs infamously declared that Android was "stolen," promising to "destroy" it and go to "thermonuclear war" if necessary. His successor, Tim Cook, is sometimes believed to be more pragmatic about the lawsuits his company is pursuing against various Android device manufacturers, like Samsung, HTC, and Motorola.




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  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +36

    Oh sure. Now that he's

    not here to refute that statement.
    Besides, we're in it up to our foreheads with this Oracle Java thing. Who could blame me for downplaying another IP theft issue?

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +25

    Ditto...

    I'm with Flying Meat on the whole issue of statements that cannot, now, be refuted but, in terms of balance, I think that Steve's fury, anger and sense of betrayal was more directed toward Schmidt rather than Sergei or Larry. Truly, Schmidt belongs at Microsoft rather than Google.

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  1. andrewbw

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -11

    Well of course

    Of course it was for show. Any business -- tech or otherwise -- that has a fiercely loyal fan base is missing a huge marketing opportunity if it does not galvanize the unfocused emotion those fan bases have to promote their brand. It's Marketing and Audience Management 101.

    People still act in shock to know there are WHOLE ENGINEERING TEAMS between Google and Apple working together, the same way that Apple and Microsoft were tightly entwined despite being "bitter enemies" way back when. It doesn't mean they don't compete, but there's far less emotional hand wringing and nonsense than most people believe. The extent to which people have zero understanding how large business works, especially when it comes to managing consumer perception, is baffling.

  1. mr100percent

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +23

    Whitewash

    I smell a bit of whitewashing and PR. I read Steve's quotes and remember reading his anger at google during the Apple town hall. Hard to swallow the idea that it's all superficial

  1. facebook_Sonny

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    Joined: Apr 2012

    +19

    Load of c***

    This is a cheap shot by Page to put words into the mouth of someone who cannot address the validity of the statement. Android tablets are in serious trouble, thanks to Google, and Page is simply trying to woo prospective Apple customers to Android. Cheap shot.

  1. macnnoel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +13

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    Of course.. And those 2000 employees at Yahoo were let go for show too.

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    friends?

    keep your friends close your enemies closer.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    Shameless Theft


    Google CEO: "We have always been shameless about stealing great iDeas"

    http://youtu.be/CW0DUg63lqU

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    Re "Shameless Theft"

    you dare post that YouTube link, and get positives?

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    That was Apple

    In 1994. They've moved on. Has Samsung? Has Google? Have you? You're all 18 years late to the party.

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