Business Insider has shared more tidbits on Fred Vogelstein’s new book – Dogfight: How Apple And Google Went To War And Started a Revolution.
According to excerpts from the book, Steve Jobs referred to Andy Rubin – Android founder, as a “big, arrogant f**k.”
Fred Vogelstein writes that Rubin was mesmerized by what he saw during Apple’s original iPhone keynote.
Fred Vogelstein (via BusinessInsider) :
He was in a cab in Las Vegas, watching a webcast of the presentation. He made the driver pull over so he could see the whole thing. He said, “Holy crap, I guess we’re not going to launch that phone.”
Ethan Beard, an early Android business development executive told Vogelstein, “We knew that Apple was going to announce a phone. Everyone knew that. We just didn’t think it would be that good.”
Google had phone software that was ready to launch at the end of the year, but it looked awful relative to the iPhone, so it was all scrapped and delayed. “What we had looked so … nineties,” said an Android engineer.