After Apple and Google's romance ended, we knew that many fandroids disputed Steve Jobs' story of Google stealing the idea of the iPhone for Android. Now, Larry Page accuses Jobs of rewriting history. However, maybe the history rewriter is Page.
Page said that Steve Jobs' story—which said that Google created Android to compete with Apple after the success of the iPhone— was "a little bit of rewriting history."
We had been working on Android a very long time, with the notion of producing phones that are Internet enabled and have good browsers and all that because that did not exist in the marketplace. I think that characterization of us entering after is not really reasonable.
Page's declarations were made on Thursday, July 8, at a Sun Valley briefing with reporters.
While it is true that Google may have been working on something called Android before the iPhone was introduced,
we will never know what parts of their smartphone operating system were copied from Steve Jobs' baby. Actually, we know. They were similar to Blackberry, like someone pointed out in the comments. They were so horrible when I tried them in Barcelona, that I forgot completely about them:
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Looking at the evidence of their initial proposal, it's clear that a lot of the final Android elements were lifted straight from Apple's iPhone—which in turn come from the original PDA: the Apple Newton—from many user interface conventions to the idea of the App Store. This would explain why a) they are so similar, b) Page says "a little bit of rewriting" (he's right that Google was thinking about phones before the iPhone was released) and c) Steve Jobs hates his corporate nemesis. Understandably. [Reuters]