We already knew that Steve Jobs wanted to go thermonuclear on Android, but apparently his hatred for both Android and it’s co-founder, Andy Rubin was very deep. This comes from a new book entitled, Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went To War And Started a Revolution, by Fred Vogelstein.
Apparently, Steve Jobs told friends that Rubin was a “big, arrogrant f**k,” and he didn’t appear any calmer when talking about Android either, “Everything is a f**king rip off of what we’re doing.”
The book also gets into the beginnings of both Android and iOS. According to Vogelstein, Android was ready to be released in the same year as the iPhone, but when Andy Rubin saw the iPhone announcement, he knew Android needed more work. After seeing the entire iPhone presentation he said, “Holy crap, I guess we’re not going to launch that phone.” Eventually Android was released about a year later with the HTC G1, which started the war of wars.
Once Jobs saw what Android was about, a meeting took place with himself, iPhone software designer Scott Forstall, and Google’s Larry Page, Alan Eustace, and Rubin. No one knows for sure what exactly happened in that meeting, but it was described as confrontational and nasty. Rubin referred to Jobs as anti-innovation, and Jobs told Andy he was trying to be just like him including looking like him with the same haircut and glasses.
Apparently Jobs was able to get Google to scrap multitouch features like pinch to zoom, and Google was also forced to change how the phone would unlock. Rubin was steamed that his bosses gave into Jobs and even considered quitting. He obviously didn’t, and instead, put up a sign in his office that stated, “STEVE JOBS STOLE MY LUNCH MONEY.” Google ended up implementing many of the features that Jobs tried to stop, which brought on lawsuits that continue today.
As of right now Android is winning the war with 80% of the worldwide market share, but there is still a long way to go in this one.
source: Business Insider