Wed 19 Feb 2014
Rubin recounted his first meeting with Samsung’s executives by saying “You and what army are going to go and create this? You have six people. Are you high?’ is basically what they said. They laughed me out of the boardroom. This happened two weeks before Google acquired us.” Considering that there were actually eight people on the team for Android, it shows that they really did not care for the company at all.
Back to 2005. Google CEO Larry Page agrees to meet with Rubin and loves the idea. Google had been looking for an innovation to bring to the mobile industry, and they were afraid that another company, such as Microsoft with their massive resources, would beat them to it. Page offered to purchase Android for $50 million and some various perks, and the whole original Android team was absorbed into Mountain View at Google HQ, and thus began the story of Android, and how it was not taken by Samsung but rather the innovative Google.
Never underestimate what a 6 people company can do 🙂
Read the complete article: http://www.androidheadlines.com/2014/02/andy-rubin-offered-android-to-samsung-first-and-they-laughed-just-two-weeks-before-google-snapped-android-up.html