According to the Google founder, Steve Jobs' assessment of Google's Android entering into the iPhone's market is revisionist history.
In a briefing Thursday at the Allen & Co's Sun Valley conference, Google (GOOG) co-founder Larry Page told reporters that Steve Jobs had changed Android's history to suit Apple's (AAPL) interests. He contended that Google had been working on Android long before the iPhone was introduced.
"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 [the iPhone was introduced] is not really reasonable."
To understand his point, here's a little timeline I've cobbled together of the Google Android/Apple iPhone relationship:
2002, Spring: "The Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page began sporting flashy smartphones [Danger Sidekicks] on their belts that could gain access to the Internet and their popular search engine wherever they roamed."
2005, August 17th: Google buys Android. "Rubin & Co. have sparingly described the outfit as making software for mobile phones...One source familiar with the company says Android had at one point been working on a software operating system for cell phones."
2006, August 28th: A full year after Google buys Android, Eric Schmidt, Googles CEO, is elected to Apple's Board of Directors.
2006, December: The BBC and The Wall Street Journal both write articles on Google entering the smartphone business.
2007, January: Apple announces the iPhone with Eric Schmidt on hand to demonstrate how Google's software is utilized (the sound timing is off):
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