A new biography of the late Steve Jobs reveals the man's intense hatred of Google's Android mobile platform, as the Apple CEO promised to use all his company's resources to destroy Android.
The authorised biography written by Walter Isaacson, simply titled 'Steve Jobs', , revealed Jobs' reaction when HTC released an Android phone that Jobs thought had copied too much from the iPhone, and Jobs held nothing back when talking to Isaacson about Google's competing phone OS.
"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," Jobs is reported to have told Isaccson.
The biography also notes a meeting between Steve Jobs and then Google CEO Eric Schmidt. The matter of a financial settlement was discussed, and Jobs was not interested at all. "I don't want your money. If you offer me $US5 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, " Jobs allegedly told Schmidt.
Apple is currently suing both Samsung and HTC, major supporters of the Android platform, for infringing iPhone and iPad patents.