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Gmail for iOS App Store listing has a tribute to Steve Jobs (and a jab at Apple?)

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Gmail for iOS App Store listing has a tribute to Steve Jobs (and a jab at Apple?)
Google has become famous for its liberal use of Easter Eggs, and dropping little secret jokes or references in its various products. We've seen the various secrets found in different versions of Android, like Nyan Cat, and others. Now, someone has noticed that Google put one in the public App Store listing of its Gmail app.

The screenshots for the Gmail app show a message titled "Your favorite Steve Jobs quotes," and then show the contents of that message. The first quote is one that Google CEO Larry Page has certainly put into practice as he has tried to focus the efforts of Google by killing off superfluous projects, and it reads: 
That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

The second quote listed is one that seems to be a bit more of a jab at Apple. The quote is cut off in the screenshot, and it may be done for editorial effect. The quote in the screenshot reads:
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of

The quote should be finished with "...other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary," but Google decided to leave that out. 

Perhaps Google is trying to imply that Apple may have ultimately become trapped by Steve's own dogma and this silly war on Android? It's not perfectly clear, but we wouldn't be surprised if that were the message. 

source: Gmail for iOS via Reddit

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posted on 10 Oct 2012, 10:01 9

1. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


I could go ten years without hearing another Sait Jobs mention, or quote. Enough already!!!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 11:04 5

5. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1066; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


oh man Google is good...real good!
Google pays tribute to Steve and what does Rotten Apple do...rack in the money :(...thats just sad

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 14:34 1

12. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


No wonder, there's a universal justice and karma. And the eyes of truth is always watching you.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 10:05 12

2. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Quick! somebody get the burn spray!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 15:24

17. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1066; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


I see what you did there...NICE :)

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 10:53 2

3. Ragnarockd (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


So will apple think of something like Imail to counter gmail?? Won't be surprised because its apple.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 11:02 2

4. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Bbbburrrrrnnnnnn!!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 11:54 3

6. sudbury78 (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


Classy company that google is. Taking shots at the greatest technological innovator of our times as he us 6 feet under. Keep it classy google.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 12:49 4

7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2668; Member since: 26 May 2011)


How is this a shot at Jobs?

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 13:29 3

8. BrockSamson (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


'greatest technological innovator'

looooool thanks man, I haven't laughed so hard in a while!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 15:55

19. sudbury78 (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


I think I laughed harder than you did considering your name is Brock. brutal.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 16:46 1

21. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


This. Possibly the most relevant comment in the history of the Internet.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 19:33

23. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Obviously he believes that santa exists

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 14:37 1

13. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


My foot..... i Respect and salute SONY, than Apple.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 14:01 4

10. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Let's not forget before Android was announced, how best buddies Google and Apple were. They both had one enemy in the target = Microsoft. During the original iPhone announcement we all saw Steve Jobs with Google's Eric Schmidt talking about Google iOS integration, something like that. So as you see, things were different in the past. Now Apple went berserk on Android, smashing any successful Android devices.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 14:15 4

11. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


being competative is one thing but trying to eliminate competition is different. Google never said they want to desroy Microsoft or apple. Hell even MS is collecting money from almost every major Android OEM for use of its patents but they NEVER said that they only want to ban phones. thats the difference between apple and every other company in the world. apple is PURE EVIL.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 15:07 1

14. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


*destroy

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 15:11

15. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Yeap, it should be joining BB & Nokia very soon.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 15:15 1

16. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


BB and Nokia may be struglling right now but i really hope they make a come back as competition is good for consumers. that will help Android evolve and become even better.
but apple is a different kind. its evil.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 15:36 1

18. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


" PURE EVIL".....!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 16:31 1

20. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Google wanted to break down Microsoft monopoly, not eliminate them. Try to read Google vs Oracle Trials. You'll see what google said about Microsoft.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 18:31

22. Peter98 (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Steve Jobs was really great and awesome. But now Apple is no more longer with Steve Jobs, the should make something different or innovative again to the world.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 19:34 1

24. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


I was actually hooked by the iphone 4 at first but then it seemed that its progress got stuck in a timestop. Steve jobs should be rolling in his grave...

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