Jobs Bags on Google, Adobe in Town Hall Meeting

Following the introduction of the iPad last week, Apple hosted a special town hall meeting for its employees where CEO Steve Jobs answers his staff's questions and talk about the company's new tablet device. Employees asked their boss about Google and Adobe -- both hot topics thanks to the Nexus One smartphone and Adobe Flash -- and Mr. Jobs didn't pull any punches with his responses, according to Wired.

When asked about Google's Nexus One smartphone, Mr. Jobs replied "We did not enter the search business, Jobs said. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won't let them."

He added that Google's "Don't Be Evil" motto is "a load of crap," according to Daring Fireball's John Gruber.

Google's Nexus One runs the company's Android OS for mobile devices, and is seen as a direct competitor to Apple's iPhone.

In response to questions about Adobe and Flash, and the iPhone's lack of Flash support, Mr. Jobs said "Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy, he says. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it's because of Flash. No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5."

Mr. Jobs also seemed to lament that Adobe doesn't seem to be the same company it once was. "They are lazy," he said. "They have all this potential to do interesting things but they just refuse to do it."

Apple has been criticized for refusing to offer support for Adobe Flash on the iPhone, iPod touch, and now the iPad. Based on the comments from Mr. Jobs, it doesn't seem likely that Flash support will be coming in the near future, despite rumors to the contrary.

Mr. Jobs also dropped a few hints at what's in store for the company through 2010, according to Mac Rumors. Apparently, Mac updates planned for the year will "take Apple to the next level," the next iPhone will be an "A+ update," and iPhone updates will come at an agressive rate that Google won't be able to match.

On the company's recent Lala purchase, Mr. Jobs said Apple wanted to add their staff to the iTunes team, hinting that new online music features could be making their way into the media playback and management application.

Mac buyers hoping to see Blu-ray, however, are in for a disappointment. Mr. Jobs called Blu-ray software "a mess," and said Apple will wait until sales accelerate before offering the optical disc format with its computers.