Steve Jobs' authorized biography, set to be released Oct. 24, has revealed the Apple Inc. co-founder and longtime CEO was willing to go thermonuclear in an effort to destroy Google Inc.'s Android software because he considered it a stolen product.
Jobs said he would spend all of Apple's money if that is what it took to destroy the competing software.
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, said Jobs, according to The Associated Press account of his biography, Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson.
The biography also reveals Jobs' unraveling relationship with former Apple director and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Schmidt quit Apple's board in 2009 as Apple and Google went into direct competition, with their rival mobile operating systems, iOS and Android, respectively.
Jobs told Isaacson he saw Android's similarity to iOS as grand theft.
Isaacson writes that when HTC introduced an Android phone in January 2010, it showed many features similar to those of the iPhone.
Apple is suing various smartphone makers who use the Android software.
In a meeting with Schmidt at a cafe in Palo Alto, Calif., Jobs said he was not interested in the settlement of the foundational lawsuit, according to the biography. I don't want your money, Jobs reportedly said. 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.
Before the launch of the Android OS, Apple and Google had a very close relationship. However, the relationship between the two companies began to sour when Google revealed Android in November 2007, 10, months after the iPhone appeared on the market.
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