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.


  1. Why all the noise from Apple apologists about Jobs throwing Google under a bus? He did. And Tim Cook continues to throw Google under a bus.

    Hey, Google deserves it.

    The company is run by a den of thieves who steal innovation from every source they can find, including so-called partner Apple. I’d like to see Apple do more to expose Google for their thievery, and for how much data they collect from users. The NSA could save themselves lots of effort by simply hacking into Google’s servers to get everything they need to know about anybody.

  2. As someone who used to trade emails with the original Tera I am extremely disappointed that her site has fallen so far.

    The loss of Tera Patricks to cancer several years ago was a tragedy, plain and simple. It was a loss not only to her family and friends but also to the Mac community in general. I have no idea who is writing in her name today, but if she were alive today, she would be outraged! At least in her conversations with me she was all about telling it like it really is. This is not the way she was and nor is it the way she conducted herself.

    Bambi, if you’re reading this (and you know who you are), in Tera’s memory, please step in and stop this crap.

    1. You are a nasty, vindictive man.

      Tera was my friend. I knew Tera personally, not just through email. Did you? I read the article today and re-read it again. It’s spot on. It’s not a criticism of Steve Jobs or of Apple. Google is an evil company and Apple should throw them under the bus as often as it takes. Jobs did it a few times. Time cook pokes at Google, but I’m of the opinion that the company should be ashamed for stealing from Apple (among others) and calling it innovation when it’s merely thievery. Good for Steve Jobs for throwing Google under a bus. Do it again. Somebody.

  3. Apple’s App Store opened in July 2008.

    The first example of Google copying iOS came in the Android G1 which was launched by HTC in September 2008.

    Are we to believe that Google did a 180 degree about face and completely redesigned their operating system and partnered with a hardware manufacturer to design, build and sell a touchscreen smartphone, in approximately 60 days?

  4. Did any of you blowhards RTFA?

    Of course Jobs threw Google under the bus. It was revenge for Google stealing iPhone’s design and putting into Android. The implication here as that Jobs and Schmidt conspired to divvy up the mobile arena and cut Microsoft out. That worked until Google updated Android to look like an iPhone.

    The article presents a sound argument that is certainly plausible.

    1. Steve declared “thermonuclear war”. Everybody knows this. So any declarations of “throwing under the bus” are utterly trivial — of no consequence, whatsoever.

      The points are WHEN it happened and WHY. And on that, something that is admitted to be only a belief “With absolutely no proof or verifiable sources” is just stupid. Let’s all sit down right now, take some topic and just make up some “plausible” scenario about Apple, the NSA, alien visitation, a great new phone from Samsung, the grassy knoll and whatever you like. The fact that all our stories will be plausible means NOTHING, and it does not make our drivel worth reading or contemplating for even one second.

  5. I’m really, really sorry your Tourette’s is acting up SO badly. But there’s good news. With the right medication, it can be controlled really well these days. Speak to your doctor to find out what medication is right for you.

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