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Steve Jobs vowed to 'destroy' Android

9 comments, 362 views, posted 1:52 pm 21/10/2011 in Apple by tricpe
tricpe has 9396 posts, 3764 threads, 1699 points, location: In a pair of Speedo
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Steve Jobs vowed to 'destroy' Android

The relationship between Steve Jobs and Google chairman Eric Schmidt soured over Android
Steve Jobs said he wanted to destroy Android and would spend all of Apple's money and his dying breath if that is what it took to do so. The full extent of his animosity towards Google's mobile operating system is revealed in a forthcoming authorised biography. Mr Jobs told author Walter Isaacson that he viewed Android's similarity to iOS as "grand theft". Apple is suing several smartphone makers which use the Android software. According to extracts of Mr Isaacson's book, obtained by the Associated Press, Mr Jobs said: "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this." He is also quoted as saying: "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."

Sour times

Apple enjoyed a close relationship with Google prior to the launch of the Android system. Google products, including maps and search formed a key part of the iPhone's ecosystem. At that time, Google's chief executive, now chairman, Eric Schmidt also sat on the board of Apple. However, relations began to sour when Google unveiled Android in November 2007, 10 months after the iPhone first appeared. In subsequent years Apple rejected a number of Google programs from its App store, forcing the company to create less-integrated web app versions. Android has subsequently enjoyed rapid adoption and now accounts for around 48% of global smartphone shipments, compared to 19% for Apple. But its growth has not gone uncontested. Apple has waged an aggressive proxy-war against Android, suing a number of the hardware manufacturers which have adopted it for their tablets and smartphones. Motorola was one of the first to be targeted, although it is Samsung that has borne the brunt of Mr Jobs' ire. The South Korean firm is currently banned from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia and Germany because of a combination of patent infringements and "look and feel" similarities. A smartphone ban is also pending in the Netherlands. Samsung is counter-suing Apple for infringing, it claims, several wireless technology patents which it holds the rights to.

Defence mechanism

Patents blogger Florian Mueller, who has been following the court cases closely, said Apple would be conscious of its past, where other companies exploited some of its early ideas. "If Apple doesn't want the iPhone and iPad to be marginalized the way it happened to the Macintosh at the hands of the Wintel duopoly, it has to use the full force of its intellectual property to fend off the commoditization threat that Android represents," he told BBC News. Mr Mueller was also critical of Eric Schmidt's dual role at the time: "The fact that Eric Schmidt stayed on Apple's board while he was preparing an iOS clone was an inexcusable betrayal of Steve Jobs' trust." Mr Schmidt resigned from the Apple board in August 2009. He was later quoted by Bloomberg as saying: "I was on the board until I couldn't stay on the board anymore."

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2:12 pm 21/10/2011

Suckapuncha

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2:20 pm 21/10/2011

thecrookedman

I wonder what aspect of Android Jobs saw as so similar as to be criminal?

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2:24 pm 21/10/2011

FlyOnTheWall

Haha - and I wonder how many stuff Apple then has "stolen" from other manufacturers?

The first smartphone (in the sense of what we think of smartphones) was the Nokia Communicator 9000, released in 1996.
The first touchscreen smartphone was the Ericsson R380, released in 2000. (This was a great phone in its time!)
The Palm OS was used in many smartphones like the Kyocera family.
In 2002, RIM released the first Blackberry...
The list goes on and on...

The first iPhone was released in 2007. The only "first" in this phone was the ability to use a finger, rather than a stylus (however, if you were sad enough you could actually use your finger on older touchscreen smartphones).

It is only since 2009 that the "Patent wars" has started, with Nokia suing Apple and Apple then countersuing, and the whole suing thing kicked off.

OK - Alexander Graham Bell (arguably) invented the phone. I wonder when his family is going to start suing for using the original ability to use voice over a distance.....

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2:24 pm 21/10/2011

tricpe

Quote by thecrookedman:
wonder what aspect of Android Jobs saw as so similar as to be criminal?

The aspect of not taking the money?

In all seriousness, I really still don't get all the hype about iPods, iPhones, iPads and other iPoops. IMHO, Steve Jobs was a great salesman, and nothing more. If he had believed in his products, iPhone 1 would still be on the market, but no, let's make a brand new class of the same product each year. So, I believe it's just a fashion accessoir, and nothing more

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3:07 pm 21/10/2011

elsels

I love Android!

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8:52 pm 21/10/2011

Lavane

me too! easy to hack also.

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3:36 am 22/10/2011

LordOSmeet

And CM7.1 is sweet!

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3:46 am 22/10/2011

Squirrel

Quote by tricpe:
Quote by thecrookedman:
wonder what aspect of Android Jobs saw as so similar as to be criminal?
The aspect of not taking the money?

In all seriousness, I really still don't get all the hype about iPods, iPhones, iPads and other iPoops. IMHO, Steve Jobs was a great salesman, and nothing more. If he had believed in his products, iPhone 1 would still be on the market, but no, let's make a brand new class of the same product each year. So, I believe it's just a fashion accessoir, and nothing more



That's about it. If you want to keep trendy, you have to keep updating your product for a price tag much higher than comparable products every few months or be behind the times.

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4:15 am 22/10/2011

Quaektem

Actually the actual quote was: "I'm going to destroy Android if it kills me."

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