As the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was announced, Google was quick to respond in more ways than one, and has been quite classy about the whole thing.
The above is what Google’s homepage currently looks like. No elaborate doodle, as I seriously doubt there was time for that, but Google is clearly showing their respect anyway, and I would not be surprised to see a Jobs doodle appear one day (possibly on his birthday).
Google CEO Larry Page had the following to say:
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.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin said:
“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.”
Google’s Matt Cutts tweeted:
The tech industry lost an amazing, world-changing person today. Rest in peace, Steve.
Google and Apple trade a lot of snarky comments, and are clearly fierce competitors in mobile, but it quite clear that there is a mutual respect between the two tech giants.
More on Steve’s death here.