Steve Jobs Didn’t Really Hate Android All That Much

Do you remember that whole story about Steve Jobs’ hate of Android? In his biography, Jobs said, “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.” Well, it seems that all that hatred was merely “for show,” according to Google’s CEO Larry Page.

In a recent interview with BusinessWeek, Page revealed that Jobs really didn’t hate Android as much as it appeared. There was actually more between the two corporations than was thought. “I had a relationship with Steve,” Page remarked.

I think the Android differences were actually for show. I had a relationship with Steve. I wouldn’t say I spent a lot of time with him over the years, but I saw him periodically. Curiously enough, actually, he requested that meeting. He sent me an e-mail and said: “Hey, you want to get together and chat?” I said, “Sure, I’ll come over.” And we had a very nice talk. We always did when we had a discussion generally.

He was quite sick. I took it as an honor that he wanted to spend some time with me. I figured he wanted to spend time with his family at that point. He had a lot of interesting insights about how to run a company and that was pretty much what we discussed.

Even though Jobs is now deceased and there is no way to prove any of this, it’s understandable that the two would actually have a relationship and Jobs’ actions make a lot of sense. Just imagine if you were in his position and a competitor rose up with something that even remotely resembled your unique creation — you’d probably be furious. It seems that, even though Jobs may have been unhappy about the situation, he still spoke with the competitor’s CEO from time to time and developed some sort of relationship with him. There is obviously more to this than meets the eye.

Wait, the fury around Android was for show?

I think that served their interests. For a lot of companies, it’s useful for them to feel like they have an obvious competitor and to rally around that. I personally believe that it’s better to shoot higher. You don’t want to be looking at your competitors. You want to be looking at what’s possible and how to make the world better.

This is rather plausible and accounts Jobs’ “hatred” of Android. All rivals need to publicly display that they are competing, which in this case meant publishing it in a biography of one CEO. Maybe there was a heated rivalry between the two corporations at a time, but there’s also a possibility that they resolved it. That’s where this rests, discuss it in the comments if you wish.

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