Next week see’s the release of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs biography that may even be made into a movie. Ahead of the release some details in it are emerging and Steve Jobs wanted to destroy Android according to the biography.
Jobs was angry as he felt Apple’s ideas were blatantly being copied in Android handsets in the early part of 2010. According to The Guardian he was livid when HTC released a smartphone that had many of the popular features that were found on the iPhone. This led to an expletive-laden tirade where he said Google’s actions resulted in “grand theft”.
Walter Isaacson who is Steve Jobs official biographer was told “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40bn in the bank, to right this wrong”. Jobs continued by saying “I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this”, and that’s when he said about “destroying Android“.
Jobs met with Google’s Eric Schmidt and told him he didn’t want his money, but just wanted him to stop using Apple’s ideas in Android. The meeting between the two didn’t resolve anything and is believed to have taken place in March 2010 in a café in Palo Alto. They did seem to be on friendly terms though, but was around the time Apple begun its court actions against HTC that is still ongoing.
Google first launched Android towards the end of 2008 with the first devices appearing a year later. The rivalry between the companies has become more heated as features such as touchscreen control and pinch-to-shrink appeared on Android smartphones.
Do you think the Android platform has stolen ideas from Apple?