With the release of the Steve Jobs’ official biography by Walter Isaacson expected on Monday, October 24th, we have started seeing some quotes and excerpts from the biography appearing online.
One of the most explosive excerpts was shared by Associated Press, which reveals that Steve Jobs was livid in January 2010 when HTC introduced an Android phone that including many of the popular features of the iPhone.
Steve Jobs told Isaacson that Google’s actions amounted to “grand theft.”
“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,” Jobs said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
In a meeting with Eric Schmidt, who was the CEO of Google and Apple board member at that time, Steve Jobs told Schmidt that he wasn’t interested in settling the lawsuit:
“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.”
As you probably know, the issue is still not resolved and Apple is fighting a patent war with manufacturers of Android based smartphones such as HTC, Samsung, Motorola etc and Google has bought Motorola for $12.5 billion to protect Android from the patent wars.
[via Associated Press]