Steve Jobs’ distain for Google’s mobile OS was well documented. There’s a famous quote from the late CEO’s biography that goes something like, “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”

But according to Google’s CEO Larry Page, a large part of Jobs’ hatred for Android was merely for show. He believes that it was more of a way to rally his troops at Apple, rather than evidence of bad blood between the two companies…

Page recently sat down with Businessweek’s Brad Stone to talk about a wide range of topics, but what we found most interesting were the CEO’s comments on his relationship with Steve Jobs and his stance on Android:

Q: According to the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, when you became CEO you went to Jobs for advice. I know you had your differences at the end around Android, but what did you take from him as a mentor and a friend?

A: 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.”

Page certainly paints a different picture than Jobs’ biography does, which suggests that the Apple-founder’s hatred was blown way out of proportion. But if that’s the case, then how do you explain Apple’s laundry list of lawsuits it’s filed against Android manufacturers over the past two years?

What’s your take?


  • Larry Page Just wants more money. It’s impossible to say that it was blown out of proportion because of the lawsuits. Great article.

  • Dear Google CEO,
    You Can’t Talk About A Great Man Like Steve Jobs Like This, You Left Apple For Google (Very Bad Idea) So Why Should We Not Say Things About You, SO SHUT UP!
    From Your Truly, An Apple Lover

    • Anonymous

      Please do not capitalize every single word, that’s actually worse to read than someone doing all caps!

      And leaving Apple to become Google’s CEO is no way, shape, or form a very bad idea. If you genuinely believe that, you’re a fucking idiot.

      • You say his stupid for having an opinion, I say you have no real point on your text, saying thaT someone is stupid for having a point of view and saying that everyone that think the same as him is stupid it`s just no sense.
        If he is wrong for saying that everyone that think the same as him about a subject, you should know you are wrong too for saying that everyone that think the same as him is stupid/wrong.
        Don`t say generalization is wrong generalizing.

        Changing subject, that guy is just saying steve jobs didn`t hate google just to get people to think steve wasn`t such a cool guy and that he was kinda false to people, don`t belive everything people say and that you read on the internet.

      • Anonymous

        Then again what YOU ARE saying is that he WAS the cool guy everyone thought he was. The comment made by the man above (Bhavesh Patel) had no point, and I would rather call it “rambling”.

        By the way, whether english is your first language or not, even a good reader finds your comment nearly impossible to understand. Do express yourself clearly next time, my friend.

    • Anonymous

      Well, aren’t you just a blind idiot?! How is “leaving” Apple to become Google’s CEO a “bad idea”? BEING GOOGLE’S CEO?! REALLY? “Yeah, that must suck”.

      PS: You sure enjoy using caps, don’t you?

  • “keep your friends close and your enemies even closer”

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure, you can’t say it like that, it’s neither black or white, it’s always both (true/fake hatred). I don’t care. I think we have bigger problems than who invented which part and which of the biggest company in the world owes which other huge an insignificant amount of money (compared to the company’s value). Sounds like Kindergarten to me.

  • Anonymous

    There’s no reason to lie, so he’s clearly telling the truth.

    The laundry list of lawsuits is simply business, and both of them were fully aware of that fact. Also, both Page and Jobs weren’t active in lawsuit battles in patents, there’s a reason they both have departments for that.

  • Disdain. Not “distain.”

  • Show me the money

  • Anonymous

    Of course Google’s CEO would say that.

  • “I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” Spoken like a true military idiot. I wanted to use a different phrase but I might have been flagged for using it.
    Lawsuit lawsuit lawsuit, patent patent patent, war war war, meow meow meow…

  • I think you all guys are just too busy to flame and missing the point.

    It is true that Steve wanted the chat with the guy. He was already sick, and felt like he had to give back some of the help he received himself during the past years by the people of Silicon Valley.

    Steve Jobs was doing his products with love and passion for evolution and user experience, he knew he was going to die, thus wanted to help the guy to make the best out of the CEO experience at Google. Just because it was the right thing to do.

    It is then also true that he wanted to go thermonuclear with Android. Just because during his life, his products/ideas have been copied over and over again. Starting with the very first Windows. He wasn’t against competition, he just wanted people to evolve creatively, the same way he did; not just copying the last Apple product.

    As simple as that.

    He wanted to help the guy, because it was the right thing to do. He don’t wanted his products/ideas to be copied one more time.