Well this is gonna get interesting, folks. Fred Vogelstein's new book detailing the Android/iPhone dispute between Google and Apple has hit store shelves and released excerpts are explosive, to say the least
Now, it's no secret that Steve Jobs was no fan of Android. Not only did Jobs feel that Android blatantly ripped of Apple's iPhone, he also felt duped to the extent that former Google CEO Eric Schmidt used to hold a seat on Apple's board.
A new tidbit courtesy of Vogelstein is that Jobs shared a special type of animosity for Android head Andy Rubin, who, as a point of interest, used to work at Apple.
When Jobs got wind that Google was changing up its Android OS to more closely resemble the iPhone, Jobs was infuriated.
According to Vogelstein, Jobs exclaimed, "Everything is a f**king rip off of what we're doing."
What follows is a fascinating series of events where Jobs sits down with the head honchos at Google and insists, or perhaps demands, that Google make a number of changes to make Android a whole lot less like the iPhone.
There was a meeting with Jobs, Scott Forstall, who designed the iPhone's software, and Google's Larry Page, Alan Eustace, and Rubin. Vogelstein cautions that it was hard to know exactly what happened in the meeting, but says that it was confrontational and nasty.
"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.
Rubin was furious that his bosses caved to Jobs. He thought there was plenty of evidence that Apple didn't invent the things it said it invented. Rubin considered quitting Google, but didn't. (Ultimately, Google did add in those features and now it's dealing with lawsuits.)
Wow. While this provides more details regarding the Android/iPhone battle, it may not come as too much of a surprise given that Jobs famously said that he was going to go "thermonuclear" on Android.
The book is available here on Amazon and promises to be a captivating tale between today's two top smartphone heavyweights.