No, Steve Jobs didn’t throw Google under the bus

“With absolutely no proof or verifiable sources, I believe Steve Jobs colluded with then Google CEO Eric Schmidt to ensure browser-based web apps would be the standard for the iPhone,” Tera Thomas O’Brien writes for Tera Talks. “Why? Google feared the iPhone and the potential of native applications. Why, with smartphone customers using native apps, the search giant would lose control over search and user data.”

“When Jobs caved in to internal pressure and allowed Apple to create a software development kit for iPhone, Google knew they’d been betrayed by Jobs and responded by making Android OS free for cell phone manufacturers,” O’Brien writes. “Google had no choice but to compete with Apple on the OS level, because Apple made iPhone application development a business that took direct aim against their business model. And, as we all know, native apps prevent Google from collecting information from users to sell to advertisers, and diminish the company’s famed advertising machine’s ability to display ads.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The Software Development Kit for iPhone OS was announced at the iPhone Software Roadmap event on March 6, 2008. Google began retooling Android from a BlackBerry clone into an iPhone knockoff immediately following Apple’s iPhone unveiling in January 2007, or some 14 months before Apple released an iPhone OS SDK allowing for third-party native apps.

32 Comments

    1. My sentiments exactly! What a bunch of revisionist fantasy malarkey from this Tera Obrien. Even a casual Apple fan knows that the timeline of her fantasy is ALL wrong. Furthermore, if what she says is true, then Eric the Mole Schmidt would have been the one hot under the collar complaining of an Apple betrayal. But in fact we know that the opposite is true! Steve Jobs was the CEO who was furious and spoke to all the Apple employees at that well-documented Town Hall Meeting about the infamous Google betrayal.

        1. Since we are going with speculation, and know Apple does not do anything w/o a lot of forethought, it may just be possible talk of doing an SDK did occur at about the same time as the announcement for the iPhone.

  1. That guy is a moron. Before issuing conspiration theories “With absolutely no proof or verifiable sources”, that lazy bum could have at least spent 5 minutes checking verifiable sources, timelines and proofs to the contrary.

  2. With absolutely no proof or verifiable sources, I believe that Thomas O’Brian fabricated this story because he was paid to do so by either Google or Samsung, in a pathetic attempt to rewrite history.

  3. if iPhone native apps are against Google’s business model, how is it that android apps are not? what’s the difference? Wouldn’t it be like stabbing themselves in the back according to the “logic” of this article?

  4. The more I think about it, the more it makes sense. It’s already public record that Jobs was opposed to 3rd party apps on the iPhone and it took massive pressure from both the developer industry and other executives to get him to change his mind.

    Meanwhile, Apple helped to protect Google’s business model (search engine advertising) until Apple announced the SDK and the App Store. Only after Apple announced the App Store did Google’s Android begin to look exactly like an iPhone.

    One could easily argue that Apple (Jobs) threw Google under the bus by creating an application platform for the iPhone, instead of helping to protect Google’s interests (Apple needed Google at the time for Maps data). Even CEO Eric Schmidt didn’t join Apple’s board until a few months before the iPhone was announced, so it’s not likely Google had any idea how or what the iPhone would be until after it was announced.

    When Apple announced the SDK and App Store, Google was caught flatfooted (again) and had no choice but to put Android on the fast track and make it free for cell phone makers.

    This is a very plausible argument with history on its side.

    1. I don’t know that Apple ever ‘protected Google’s business model’. They worked together, yes, but that is not entirely the same thing. They ‘threw Google under the bus’ when, and only when, Google mercilessly ripped off what they were doing. Any sane company would have done the same. There is no way to positively spin the course of action Google took and has continued to take without blatantly lying or conjecturing wildly, as the article in question does.

  5. LOL That’s a good one. 😉 She’s redefined the term ‘reaching’. And nice ass-covering disclaimer at the beginning (at least these gasbags are finally starting to admit up front in their pieces that they are just making sh*t up)! Completely and utterly pathetic, and shame on Google if they funded her ‘efforts’. What a joke.

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