Schmidt on Jobs’ claims: “…Android effort started before the iPhone effort”

It wasn’t that long ago that those bone chilling words from Jobs came to light:

“Our lawsuit is saying, ‘Google you f***ing ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off”


“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product.

“I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this,”

In response, while speaking to reporters in South Korea, Schmidt stated that he wasn’t interested in responding to the book but did however want to offer some general perspective on Steve Jobs’ claims.

“I’ve decided not to comment on what’s been written on a book after his death,”   …”Steve is a fantastic human being and someone who I miss very dearly. As a general comment, I think most people would agree that Google is a great innovator and I would also point out that the Android effort started before the iPhone effort.”  

Schmidt’s reasoning is not without merit.  Android Inc. was founded by Andy Rubin back in 2003 and two years later Google acquired the small and upcoming company and made Rubin lead software engineer.  The gripe most might have is that the popular iPhone first launched in 2007 while Android’s first device, the T-Mobile G1, didn’t hit the market until 2008.  However, both companies play a different role and utilize a different strategy for each respective device/OS.  Apple has a closed source policy when it comes to iOS while they tout the hardware and Google offers their Android OS to a variety of handset manufacturers.  In addition, the drama further escalates when you consider the fact that there were strong ties between Schmidt and Apple especially during the development and launch of the original iPhone.  Schmidt made Apple’s board in 2006 and in 2009 was compelled to resign due to an increase in competition between the two entities.  Later it was reported that Jobs and Schmidt began to fade away as friends however, Schmidt quickly denied the claim stating the two were still quite friendly.

“We understood it was a possibility when I joined the board,” Schmidt said of the possible conflicts of interest with Apple. “We had adult conversations about it at the beginning and the end…all those reports in the press were wrong. After I left the board, they had me to events and to private dinners.”

In other concerns, Schmidt also made a statement in regards to the company’s plan to spend $12.5 billion on Motorola Mobility and its possible effect on the Android ecosystem.

“In general, with all of our partners, we told them that the Motorola deal will close and we will run it sufficiently and independently, that it will not violate the openness of Android…we’re not going to change in any material way the way we operate”

Feel free to leave your thoughts, feelings and/or rants in the comments below.

[via Cnet]

About the Author: Joe Sirianni

Joe was born in New Jersey and spent most of his childhood moving around from state to state. He eventually made his way to Pennsylvania where he met his Portuguese beauty and made her his wife. He now has three great kids and full access to all of the Portuguese food he can eat. Joe's love for mobile technology began when he bought his first Palm Pilot, a Palm M130 and left it on top of his car, driving off, causing it to smash into a thousand pieces. Forced to buy a new device, he quickly discovered that specs were changing so rapidly he was buying a new device every six months just to keep up. Since then, he has constantly felt the need to have the latest and greatest. When the "smartphone" revolution began and integrating cell phones and PDA's was the norm, he quickly jumped to Windows Mobile for several years until the first Android device was launched, the T-Mobile G1. Joe began appreciating all of the free utilities Google provided and sold his soul (his precious data) to Google long before they got into the mobile OS business. So, there was no hesitation at all for him to jump on board and ride the Android train as an early adopter. And boy has it been a blast. Joe now works in the Engineering & Operations dept for a major mobile carrier where he remotely troubleshoots cell sites and loves being an Editor for TalkAndroid.

  • Lawrence D’Oliveiro

    LG released the Prada touch-screen phone a few months before the first Iphone. Those who like to claim that Android phones somehow copied the Iphone–well, the Iphone copied the Prada.

  • Peter Mckey

    First, the prada was shit. You could have used windows mobile or palm devices but not Prada.
    Second, Android roots were not what it is today. It has been reported that it was more like a blackberry device and os. After the.iphone announcement and release, everything change for android, this is where the “copying” part comes from. It is wrong for say they were first.
    The problem lies on androis not paying royalties on many

  • Peter Mckey

    Patented coding and looks from apple, ms, oracle and even palm. It’s not crazy for a company to use other’s patents, but they pay a royalty and google and android just wanted it to be open source so that they wouldnt pay anything. Wrong I think.

  • Shawn

    It was “REPORTED” that android looked like blackberry by who? By iphone lovers? :-P Nice try Peter Mckey

  • Peter Mckey

    I am an android user since the G1.
    This is a link with pictures, you can do your research and find out more about it.

  • Peter Mckey
  • Rygle

    Apple are patent trolls. They started by suing other companies for having app store equivalents, when Palm was doing that before the turn of the millennium. And all the touch screen stuff is just a natural evolution of the stylus stuff that was happening. And suing Samsung over form factor? Man, if that happened in the car industry, or the TV industry, or the Blu-Ray or laptop, or guitar, or fridge, or washing machine or dishwasher, or countless other industries, where would we be?

    And on top of that, what about Apple/Jobs stealing the whole WIMP (mouse/pointer) thing from Xerox?

    Apple needs to stop being so greedy and arrogant.

  • Peter Mckey
  • bedwa

    Ok, while a few elements may be iOS like, Android 1.0 and iOS 2.0 have too many differences than similarities. Plus, those who state that Android “copied” code? We will never know till Apple outs code and proves it, which we both know will never happen. Unless you have something we don’t.

    But seriously, with code there are only so many ways to do things and while there may be similarities, they are not the same as BSD Unix based OS X and Linux are not the same (which for those who don’t know are what iOS and Android are “based” off of.