Google reflects on Steve Jobs' passing

Google reflects on Steve Jobs' passing

Summary: While Google changes its homepage to pay tribute to the late Steve Jobs, cofounders Sergei Brin and Larry Page offer some reflections on what the Apple CEO meant to them.

TOPICS: Apple, Google

Googles homepage, retrieved October 6th at 1:32 AM EDT

Google's homepage, as of October 6th, 2011 at 1:32 AM EDT

Despite their continual clashes in the smartphone and tablet arenas, it's never really been in doubt that Google and Apple have anything but mutual respect for each other. That's why it's unsurprising - and touching - when Google takes the time to commemorate the October 5th passing of Steve Jobs, the man who essentially created the markets the two companies now compete in.

Google co-founders Sergei Brin and (now-CEO) Larry Page each made a rare public Google+ post sharing their short reflections on Jobs' life and legacy with hundreds of thousands of social networkers.

In his post, Page highlighted Jobs' focus on the human side of the technology equation:

I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google's are with his family and the whole Apple family.

Meanwhile, Brin gave Jobs his due as a key thought leader:

From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the macbook I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.

On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple.

And in true Google tradition, the search engine's homepage does in fact currently mark the loss of Jobs with a typically tasteful, understated tribute that consists entirely of his name, year of birth, and year of death (as seen in the screenshot to the above right). Clicking his name leads to, which is currently displaying its own Steve Jobs memorial.

This also seems like an appropriate time to remind everybody of the Google Icon Ambulance, a story which originally circulated when Jobs stepped down as Apple's CEO, but serves just as well as a eulogy for the perfection-obsessed visionary.

Topics: Apple, Google

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  • RE: Google reflects on Steve Jobs' passing

    We will all miss you Steve. R.I.P.
  • RE: Google reflects on Steve Jobs' passing

    we are deeply saddened by Steve Job's sudden passing away. We lost one of the brightest mind in digital culture and one of the most innovator of our time.
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  • CNBC Titans on Steve Jobs...

    ... does a great job recapping his life & accomplishments -- very sad to see him go. RIP.
  • RE: Google reflects on Steve Jobs' passing

    Only ever having used one Apple product, an iPod I can not see what all the fuss is about. But for those people who love Apple products then surely you will miss this man's vision. Condolences to his family and friends.
    • RE: Google reflects on Steve Jobs' passing

      @Slug55 Steve's influence in the tech that we use today goes far beyond just Apple's products.
  • RE: Google reflects on Steve Jobs' passing

    Personally, offering my condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers is at least heartfelt. Professionally, I've been an Apple Developer, Filemaker Pro developer, and had a business with my wife for a long time doing consultation on Mac deployments. In my life I can attest to the 'dent' Steve Jobs has made. As for the dent he put into the Universe, I'm pretty sure God approves.