Was Jobs’ hatred for Android just for show?

Steve Jobs’ hatred of the Android platform was legendary. He called Google’s mobile operating system a “stolen product” and vowed to spend his dying breath and “every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank” to destroy it. Pretty intense. Right?

Well, that’s not what Larry Page wants us to think. Page, Google CEO, spoke to Bloomberg Businessweek this week, and he had some very curious things to say regarding Steve Jobs and the Apple vs. Google rivalry. Page would lead us to believe that much of Jobs’ fury over Android was just for show. According to Page,

“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.”

What’s more, he says he even had a relationship with the late Apple CEO. Granted, not a great one, but the two reportedly talked amicably on more than one occasion and Jobs even invited Page to his house to discuss how to run a company.

I’m not sure exactly how I feel about this. Jobs was a very opinionated man, and he really appeared to detest Android. What’s more, Apple’s legal history certainly doesn’t paint a picture of friendship between the two companies. Taking Steve Jobs’ comments out of the equation, it still looks as though the rivalry was very real.

What do you guys think? Were Steve Jobs’ words and actions against Android nothing more than good business practices and a bit of acting, or were his feelings genuine? Share your thoughts below in the comments or hit me up on twitter.


Via: 9to5 Mac

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