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Steve Jobs And Google Android
Steve Jobs' biography is a real eye opening read. This eagerly awaited biography was authorised by Steve Jobs so that his children can understand what drove him and kept himself away from his family all these years. The book by Walter Isaacson, topped the list of Amazon top-selling books for the year, print and Kindle editions combined, despite going on sale on October 24 2011.
By now, everybody around the world who is connected somehow to the web, would have known that Steve Jobs swore to destroy Google Android.
According to the book, such was his anger and belief that Google Andriod stole ideas from iphone that he swore to destroyed Android in his interview with his biographer, Walter Isaacson. Steve Jobs had been a mentor to Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and had also welcomed Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, to sit on Apple's board.

A year after iphone was launched, Google unveiled the plans for Android to be released as a free software system for phone makers to use. Effectively, all phone makers can make devices to compete with the iPhone. According to the biography, Steve Jobs was infuriated. He actually went to Google's Mountain View headquarters to try to stop the plan.

How ever great his anger, Steve Jobs still gave advice to Page, who would replace Schmidt Eric as Google's CEO. Page had called Steve Jobs for some pointers in Apr 10. Steve Jobs told Page to build a good team of able lieutenants. So in his first week as Google's CEO, Page reshuffled his management team. Steve Jobs also told Page, "The main thing I stressed was to focus. Figure out what Google wants to be when it grows up. It's now all over the map. What are the five products you want to focus on? Get rid of the rest because they're dragging you down. They're turning you into Microsoft. They're causing you to turn out adequate products that are adequate but not great."

Page listened and terminated more than 20 Google products and services in his first six months as Google's CEO. It was the same discipline that Steve Jobs had brought to Apple when he returned in 1997. Steve Jobs terminated many products such as the Newton handheld device. Bet you did not recall that there was an Apple tablet before iPad.

So it remains to be seen whether Google would continue to benefit from Steve Jobs' advice or be eventually become undone by the on-going battle over Android.