In the new book about Steve Jobs, we get some insight on why Steve Jobs hated Google. There’s a quote in the book that tells us all we need to know to answer that question. And here it is:
Said Steve Jobs: “Google, you f—ing ripped off the iPhone. Wholesale ripped us off. Grand theft. I will spend my last dying breath if I need to and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank to right this wrong.”
Wow. It’s safe to say that Steve Jobs wasn’t the world’s biggest Android fan. And honestly, I don’t think even Google can disagree with the take that they stole the concept of the Android from the iPhone.
Steve Jobs continued: “I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this. They are scared to death because they know they are guilty. Outside of Search, Google’s products — Android, Google Docs — are sh-t.”
Again, there’s a lot of truth to that. Google Search is by far the best search on the planet. But, really, what other Google product would succeed on its own two feet? I can’t think of one.
Why did Steve Jobs hate Google? It sounds like he had good reasons.