Larry Page: How’s That Thermonuclear War Working For You Apple?

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Steve Jobs used to like Larry Page and the guys at Google, until they went and made their own smartphone operating system by copying iOS. Steve Jobs was livid. He threatened “to go thermonuclear war” on Google over Android, and the relationship obviously soured.

Now that Larry Page is the CEO of Google, he’s got a lot to worry about, but Steve Jobs’ thermonuclear threats haven’t seemed to bother him. In an interview with Wired’s Steven Levy, Page was asked about competition, and Jobs’ threats of war, but rather than going on an anti-Apple rant, Page’s answer was pretty calm, cool, and collected.

Wired: Steve Jobs felt competitive enough to claim that he was willing to “go to thermonuclear war” on Android.

Page: How well is that working?

(mic drop)

Page restrained himself from expounding on the thermonuclear war, but it seems that he’s pretty happy with the way the battle has played out so far. Android’s popularity has swelled despite Jobs threats of thermonuclear war and it’s now the most popular mobile operating system in the world. iOS hasn’t done too shabby either though.

When pressed later about the competition between Android and iOS, Page would just say that they’re very happy with the success of Android. He didn’t even have anything mean to say about Google Maps getting pulled from iOS. You can read the full details of the Larry Page interview, including some trash talk about Facebook, over at Wired.

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  • sosickitzill

    (pick up the mic *foo*) Jobs is rip, that thermonuclear war scenario is cute but he took it with him. Page’s comeback is hella weak you know this mofo wouldn’t even say this if the man was still alive.

  • bdkennedy

    Depends on if the war was personal or it’s Apple’s mission. Steve may have died and Apple decided not to go ahead with it. However, Apple is extremely intelligent. They have a nice slow, strategic way of pulling the rug right out of you and shoving you over a cliff.

  • FriarNurgle

    Pretty lame to bring up a dead man’s statement.

  • lwdesign1

    Gee, isn’t it nice that Google GIVES AWAY the Android OS for free to anyone that wants to use it, and Apple charges real money for all its iOS devices, and yet Apple is still selling millions of devices every quarter. It’s in no way a level playing field, but Apple is still doing extremely well. I still have difficulty in stomaching the fact that Google pirated all the great ideas from the iPhone and iOS without licensing any of them from Apple. Definitely not cricket as the Brits say.

  • StephenPhillipA

    Love my job, since I’ve been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I’m making it online(Click on menu Home)
    http://goo.gl/CtJiX

  • technochick

    Of course he can be cavalier about it, Google isn’t being sued yet. Just the OEMs. But if that day ever comes, his response might not be so flip

  • Michael Kleinpaste

    I still have difficulty in stomaching the fact that Google pirated all the great ideas from the iPhone and iOS without licensing any of them from Apple.

    Wow. That’s a pretty broad statement. Copying?

    OTA updates? Android had it first.

    How about that iCloud thing that Google’s been doing for a couple years already now… and much better.

    Or maybe that nice notification bar. Yeah, that’s from Android too.

    Oh! Do Not Disturb. Been a part of Google Voice from the beginning.

    Tab sync. mmmm Chrome for Android too.

    Can anyone says Maps?

    Facebook integration? Welcome to 2010. We’ve also got Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Foursquare, Blogger, Linked In, Tumblr and of course Google+. But awesome you got Facebook now. :)

    Computer-less activation? Android, right out of the gate.

    Tabbed browsing? You’re welcome.

    Split keyboard. Android has allowed the default keyboard to be replaced for several years now, including split keyboards.

    Open apps from the lock screen. Yeah that came with Android’s notification bar.

    The truth is Apple’s innovation train stopped just after it left the station. That’s why I jumped from iPhone/iPad to my Galaxy Nexus last year and Nexus 7 this year.

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