Android’s Hugo Barra Mum On Steve Jobs’ Comments About Android

As the Google Android team was preparing to announce Google’s next iteration of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, leaks of the Walter Isaacson biography on Steve Jobs started hitting the street.

Isaacson was chosen by Steve Jobs to do the biography on Apple’s co-founder and former CEO.  Previously, Isaacson had penned biographies on Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.

In parts of the book Jobs doesn’t hold back on his feelings about Android.  At one point he talks about a meeting with Eric Schmidt, after Schmidt had excused himself from Apple’s board of directors. During that meeting Jobs had told Schmidt he didn’t want money from Schmidt or Google. In fact, Jobs wouldn’t even take 5 billion dollars he just wanted Google to stop “Stealing” from Apple for Android.

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Isaacson goes on to tell the story of January 2010 when Steve Jobs found out about the Nexus One by HTC. This was the first device to feature multi-touch and other features that Jobs felt were his creations. To that he said that Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” mantra was “bull shit”.

British newspaper the Guardian, caught up with Google’s Android Product Development Manager, Hugo Barra  and asked him about Jobs’ accusations that Android stole from Apple.

Barra reportedly told the Guardian “He said that” saying that Barra was too busy to hear reports about Jobs’ biography.   The Guardian went on to ask Barra about features they thought were creations of Apple including a two line preview in GMail (which has been on Android since 2007) And extra features in the notification bar (again the notification bar was created by Android), Barra told the Gudarian he wasn’t going to get into that.

Barra declined to comment to the Guardian as to whether or not Ice Cream Sandwich is currently on a feature freeze (of course it is they’re ready to go).  Barra told the Guardian that the Gold Master version of Ice Cream Sandwich was prepared and ready for the launch in Hong Kong last week.

source: The Guardian