Walter Isaacson: Larry Page Is Wrong; Steve Jobs’s War On Android Was Real


This Samsung handset would probably still have buttons if it wasn't for the iPhone.
This Samsung handset would probably still have buttons if it wasn't for the iPhone.

Following comments made by Google co-founder Larry Page yesterday, which suggested Steve Jobs’s thermonuclear war against Android was simply “for show” to rally the troops, Walter Isaacson has confirmed that Page is wrong, and he has insisted that Steve’s war against Android was real.

Speaking at the Royal Institute last night, Isaacson, who wrote the best-selling Steve Jobs biography, explained that Steve’s anger at Google was real, and he explained why Steve wanted to go to war against Android. Macworld reports that Isaacson compared Steve’s spat with Google to that he had with Microsoft in the 80s, after the Redmond-based company stole the Mac’s graphical user interface.

What really infuriated Jobs was not only did Microsoft take Apple’s GUI, Isaacson said, but it then licensed the interface “promiscuously” to the likes of Dell, Compac, IBM, and others. As a result, “Microsoft ended up being dominant.”

Almost exactly the same thing happened when Google ripped off the iPhone and its iOS software.

Isaacson said: “It’s almost copied verbatim by Android. And then they licence it around promiscuously. And then Android starts surpassing Apple in market share, and this totally infuriated him. It wasn’t a matter of money. He said: ‘You can’t pay me off, I’m here to destroy you’.”

But, like most people, Isaacson feels things will be different under Tim Cook. “Tim Cook will settle that lawsuit,” he said.

[via Macworld]

  • Michael

    I say fuck google. I hope Cook stands up for ios and tells google to shove it. Don’t forget how much google owes to apple, webkit being the basis of both Chrome and Android, and don’t forget if it was not for webkit html5 would not be where it is today. All of googles fame after the page ranking algorithm is thanks to apple. So fuck google and fuck Page. When will companies ever be innovators and not followers. Even Microsoft did not copy iOS.

  • Jdsonice

    Tim Cook will settle – that is sad – I say blast Google. In my opinion Google is a one product company i.e. Search and nothing else. The only other product they have is Android and they stole that. They stole from every Apple shareholder and we need to feel the pinch. The money looks better in my pocket than in theirs. So Tim don’t settle.

  • Carlos Rincon Eckardt

    Larry Page is being delusional and overloaded with wishful thinking if he truly feels that way. And the data doesn’t lie, let us remember how Eric Schmidt was asked to leave Apple’s board and just see how the Google related iOS apps (mainly google maps and youtube) continue to be neglected in spite of the numerous upgrades and enhancements to that OS…

    The fact of the matter is that Android even while looked up from a neutral standpoint continues to be little more than a half baked last minute ripoff of the original iPhone OS.

    Google’s biggest sin and the tech industries for that matter has always been that trend towards making products that the non-geek will have a hard time using. I for one can only applaud Apple for taking the stand against such complexity and doing they’re best to create products that work right out of the box with minimal setup and are just a plain joy to use!

    The main argument to sustain this view is Google’s laughable attempts at creating a tablet device that can challenge the iPad!

  • iDoiDevicesDotCom

    Page is a jackass OS catastrophic proportions. What he did is exactly what anti war liberals do when they place little white flags on the graves of fallen Americans who would rather die than surrender.

    What kind of coward lies to the world about the ‘real’ agenda of a dead man?

    What a noodle soup sandwich.

  • gigolo

    What will I say…

    Fuck iturds. Ifas, isheep, imorons, izombie…

    Im not pro google (page) BUT is Isaacson was there everytime steve & larry had meetings – NOPE…