Jobs: "Google's don't be evil mantra is bullshit"

Mon 1 February 2010 09:27, Bas van den Beld

Jobs: "Google's don't be evil mantra is bullshit"

Some much for the friendly way Google and Apple have worked side by side over the past years. When Eric Schmidt was still part of the Apple board you wouldn't hear a single harsh word coming out of either company towards the other. Ever since Google decided to enter the phone business, and with that become a competitor of Apple, however all bets are off.

In a talk after the Apple keynote in which Steve Jobs announced the iPad the Apple boss decided to not take mince and speak his mind. He was fierce about his former partners in crime: "This don’t be evil mantra: It’s bullshit."

Jobs was pretty clear about how he felt about Google launching their Android platform and growing in the mobile market:

"We did not enter the search business. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them."

According to Wired magazine Jobs also fired at Adobe while explaining why there is no flash on the iPad:

"They are lazy. They have all this potential to do interesting things but they just refuse to do it. They don’t do anything with the approaches that Apple is taking, like Carbon. Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy, he says. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash. The world is moving to HTML5."

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  • I don't think Google will defeat Apple.

    Ma 1 feb 2010, 10:01

  • Pot, kettle, black, all that jazz. Hypocrisy abound.

    Ma 1 feb 2010, 10:23

    • Will Hobson

    And so you see just how welcome competition actually is by these people. How Apple get's its good PR is inexplicable - obviously those obsessed with its 'trendsetting' like to ignore the fact that Jobs throws tantrums and is extremely controlling of his own company. He wants to have his cake and everyone elses too.

    How does Google competing with Apple break "Don't be evil" anyway? it may upset some arrangements they've made before, but when one corporation screws over another that's just business - I have no moral qualms over money-making machines upsetting other money-making machines.

    Ma 1 feb 2010, 13:33

    • pcdls.ronin

    Good point, Will. However, I've come to the realization that corporations are a reflection of their owners and not just "money-making machines". If some companies are corrupt and soulless entities, then, it stands to reason, that their owners are too. If Google does a better job of, at least, maintaining some shred of humanity, I'm gonna take their side. It's in their best interest to be the asshole that serves the greater plurality of interests when it comes to dealing with Apple, the asshole that mainly serves its own.

    Wo 10 feb 2010, 07:48


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