CEO of Google, Larry Page, was actually a good friend of Steve Jobs, and looked up to him. Larry Page even thought of him as a mentor as he took on the roll of CEO of the search giant and needed advice. If all this is true then why did Steve Jobs hate Android so much? The fact is he didn’t or at least that is what Larry Page told Businessweek during an interview. Larry Page thought it was more of a show Jobs put on.
Page said this:
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.
According to Larry Page, Steve Jobs never really hated Android. He just used his ‘hate’ towards them to gain a fan base and make them seem superior. Kind of like propaganda. Regardless of what Steve Jobs really feels he told Walter Issacson he would be will to spend every penny he owned to get rid of Android.
Jobs was obviously too smart, considering he ran one of the most successful business in America, to think he could wipe off Android, but he thought he could fire up his fan base.
Either way the war between the two continues on and likely will for a while, I don’t see it ending anytime soon but that is just something we all have to deal with.