Steve Jobs’ competitive drive is well known, but today his disgust towards the Android operating system has been fully revealed by his official biographer, Walter Isaacson.
Seeing Android as a “grand theft” of ideas pioneered by Apple’s own iOS mobile software the late Apple co-founder is quoted as having said:
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
Though initially sharing good relations, with Google’s own Eric Schmidt sitting on Apple’s board, relations began to sour in November of 2007 when Android revealed their own mobile operating system. Jobs regarded it as a stolen product, and led to Schmidt leaving the board in 2009.
Following a meeting between the pair in March 2010, Jobs reportedly told Schmidt:
“I don’t want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won’t want it. I’ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want.”
Apple, rather than making a direct attack on Google’s Android, have instead opted to embark on a patent war with the hardware manufacturers using the operating system, entering legal battles with HTC, Samsung, and a pre-Google buyout Motorola. Apple’s biggest successes so far have been against Samsung, seeing their Galaxy Tab 10.1 slate banned from sale in Australia and Germany.
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