Steve Jobs thought Android was a “grand theft”, vowed to destroy it

Steve Jobs’ biography is going on stands upcoming Monday. The Associated Press managed to grab an early copy of the book and revealed some interesting facts. According to the biography, Jobs thought Android was a stolen product and a “rip off” of iOS. Here is a quote from the same book

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,” Jobs said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.

Jobs made it clear that Apple was not willing to share or sell its “intellectual property”.

 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.

In a recent patent case against Samsung, Apple’s chief patent lawyer Richard Lutton emphasized this point as

…Samsung Electronics Co Limited could continue to sell its products with some elements of Apple Inc’s intellectual property, such as some ‘lower level patents’, available to them but would cease copying the features and functionality of Apple Inc’s products…

If you think this is fake and a publicity stunt, I must remind you that Apple has been suing almost every Samsung product for the past one year and has even succeed in banning Samsung from selling smartphones/tablets in certain countries. Looking at the design and UI of some Android phones, these “attacks” by Apple are indeed very justified.

The book also reveals Jobs thoughts on various things including the Touchpad!

Hewlett and Packard built a great company, and they thought they had left it in good hands, but now it’s being dismembered and destroyed

So should Google and partners take a sigh of relief as Jobs is now dead? Absolutely NO. Tim Cook, CEO Apple has made it clear that he is going to take this battle forward

We spend a lot of time and money and resource coming up with incredible innovation, and we don’t like it when someone else takes those. And unfortunately that’s why we’ve been pushed in to the court system to remedy to that.

Looks like the future of Green Robo is going to be full of troubles.

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