The war between Apple and Android just went “thermonuclear“. Steve Jobs’ biography titled ‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson, coming Monday, reveals the late Apple executive’s disdain and utter hatred for rival Google’s Android operating system.
The CEO felt the features were “grand theft” and declared “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.“
So much so, at one point, Jobs reportedly said, “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product,” and “I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs details how tension ran so high between Jobs and then-Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Schmidt was forced to resign from Apple’s board in 2009.
Since then, Apple has indirectly gone after Android and has filed lawsuits alleging infringement of intellectual properties against Google’s partners, such as HTC, Motorola, and Samsung.
Several android products have been banned from being released internationally because copyrights judges felt Steve was right.
As a result, Google had announced its intentions to acquire Motorola Mobility and the company’s trove of patents to strengthen Android’s patent portfolio, which can then be used to protect Android licensees.
Eric Schmidt had tried to intervene on behalf of Google to settle the dispute, but Jobs was not interested in a monetary settlement, Isaacson reveals in the book.
The meeting that Schmidt had with Jobs in a cafe in Palo Alto, California did nothing to resolve the matter, with Jobs saying, “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“
The biography also reveals that Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs refused potentially life-saving cancer surgery for nine months, shrugging off his family’s protests and opting instead for alternative medicine.
Steve Jobs Biographer Says Exec Regretted Putting Off Cancer Surgery. Isaacson’s biography hits stores on Oct. 24, and will be features on CBS News’ 60 Minutes, which will feature details on how Jobs regretted refusing surgery for pancreatic cancer to instead focus on homeopathic cures.
“He said, ‘I didn’t want my body to be opened … I didn’t want to be violated in that way.’ He’s regretful about it,” Isaacson said. “I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don’t want something to exist, you can have magical thinking … We talked about this a lot.”
The book, published by Simon & Schuster, will go on sale Monday for a list price of $35. The book is expected to paint an unprecedented, no-holds-barred portrait of a man who famously guarded his privacy fiercely but whose death ignited a global outpouring of grief and tribute.