Surprise Surprise: Steve Jobs really hated Andy Rubin and Android

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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


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.


  • Mystery Man

    Good read. Thanks.

  • Lost_Fan

    I like how you leave out that Apple is winning with the making money war. But, to each their own.

    • Benjamen Meiers

      I don’t understand why you would like that as a consumer. Yay I am being ripped off more than everyone else, I am so special…

    • Ben Miller

      For now…

  • Guest

    Steve Jobs, I’m glad you’re dead.

  • uwishuwereme

    Hey guest. Nobody will give a shit when you die. Sounds like your jelious of Steve did. Do the world a favor and shut the fuck up and and do the world a favor and hang yourslef now.

    • guest

      *Hangs Slef*

  • ShapesBlue

    Steve Jobs was quite the man however innovation won’t ever be apples thing. Plain and simple android will always be the better OS

  • pdaddy29

    LOL. Thanks for the article. Back to my Google operated device…

  • Faiz Saleem

    And here’s the same guy who said ‘good artists copy, great artists steal’. It’s different when Apple steals, of course.

  • cee

    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.