Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt, at a press conference in South Korea, replied to Steve Jobs’ opinion—as revealed in Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography—about the Android platform being a “stolen product,” by stating that Android efforts began prior to iPhone efforts.
Google did purchase the Android ecosystem in 2005 while Apple’s iPhone debuted in 2007, so the claim could have at least some validity; however, development of the iPhone likely began far before 2007. Eric Schmidt was a member of Apple’s board of directors from 2006 until 2009, when he resigned due to conflicting interests between Google and Apple.
“I decided not to comment on comments that are written in the book after his death. I don’t think it’s right,” said Eric Schmidt, executive chairman at Google. “Most people would agree that Google is a great innovator, and I would also point out that the Android efforts started before the iPhone efforts. And that’s all I have to say.”