We knew from Steve Jobs’ biography that he didn’t like Android much, and that he wanted to “destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product.” According to a new book called Dogfight, Jobs didn’t like former Android head Andy Rubin much either, calling him a “big arrogant f**k.”
Google acquired Andy Ruby’s startup Android in 2005, and the company was scheduled to release the first Android phone at the end of 2007. But when Rubin saw Jobs’ 2007 Macworld keynote, where the iPhone was introduced, they were all blown away, and realised that Android wasn’t good enough as compared to the iPhone. This explains why Android initially looked like a BlackBerry clone, but after Rubin and his team went back to the drawing board they released a product that looked very similar to the iPhone.
This of course didn’t go unnoticed at Apple. Steve Jobs and other high-level Apple execs like Scott Forstall had meetings with Larry Page, Andy Rubin:
“It got incredibly personal,” says one Apple executive who was briefed by Jobs on the meeting. “Jobs said that Rubin was steamed, telling him his position was anti-innovation. And this is where Steve was demeaning to Andy, saying Andy was trying to be like him, look like him, have the same haircut, the same glasses, the same style.”
Apple got what it wanted from the meeting. Google didn’t do multitouch features like pinch to zoom. It forced Google to change how it was going to make the phone unlock. Not only did Jobs tell Google what it couldn’t use, but according to Vogelstein Jobs told Google how to take things out of Android. It was a complete capitulation from Google.
After the meeting Rubin put a sign in front of his office that said “STEVE JOBS STOLE MY LUNCH MONEY.”
Dogfight is a book written by Fred Vogelstein and can be ordered from Amazon.[via SAI]