New Book quotes Steve Jobs as calling Android founder Andy Rubin "big, arrogant f***"
When Apple launched the iPhone, Rubin recognized that his grand Android plan would have to be tossed out. In fact, Rubin watched the webcast from the back of a cab in Las Vegas even making the driver pull over so he could watch the entire presentation. According to the book, Rubin said: "Holy crap, I guess we’re not going to launch that phone."
Ethan Beard, an early Android development executive told the author that "We knew that Apple was going to announce a phone. Everyone knew that. We just didn’t think it would be that good." An unnamed Android engineer even went as far as to say their work on Android looked awful when compared to the iPhone: "What we had looked so … nineties."