Steve Jobs swore to ‘destroy Android’

By on October 24, 2011
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Promised to rage a ‘thermonuclear war’ on the operating system, according to biography.

Just as Jobs’ official biography comes closer to its release date, we’re bound to find out more tidbits about his life and the following one might be a surprising revelation. reports that Apple CEO Steve Jobs was not happy at all to find out that Google had developed a mobile operating system Android and believed that it clearly stole many of their features.

But this quote is the news-worthy bit, which he shared with the author of the biography Walter Isaacson:

“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.”

Pretty harsh? I guess that’s the reaction of someone who believes he’s been ripped off. He responded to this by filing lawsuits against companies like HTC who released some of the first Android phones, claiming patent infringement.And also, he said this to Google CEO Eric Schmidt:

“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 official biography, the pre-sales of which are already breaking records, will be in stores very soon.


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