Steve Jobs vowed to 'destroy' Android

Oct 22, 2011, 07:14 IST | Agencies
Steve Jobs pledged to use his 'last dying breath' destroying iPhone rival Android in a 'thermonuclear war', according to his official biographer

Steve Jobs pledged to use his 'last dying breath' destroying rival Google's Android because he believed it was based on stolen iPhone technology.

Revealed in an advanced copy of the Apple co-founder's authorised biography, he branded it 'grand theft Android' and promised to spend all his company's money to wreck them.

Jobs, who died earlier this month, vowed 'thermonuclear war' and said that he would not accept any compensation because all he wanted was the company ruined.

Apple has embarked on a war against Android, suing companies who have adopted the software for their phones or tablets.

"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," he said.

"I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."

The rant in the book provides insight into the unravelling of Jobs' relationship with Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google and an Apple board member from 2006 to 2009.

Jobs was livid in January 2010 when HTC introduced an Android phone that boasted many of the popular features of the iPhone.

Apple sued, and Jobs went on an expletive-filled rant at Google's actions.

In a subsequent meeting with Schmidt at a Palo Alto cafe, Jobs told Schmidt that he wasn't interested in settling the lawsuit, the book says.

"I don't want your money. If you offer me $5 billion (Rs 2,500 crore), 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 new book also portrays Steve Jobs as a sceptic all his life giving up religion because he was troubled by starving children, calling executives who took over Apple "corrupt" and delaying cancer surgery in favour of cleansings and herbal medicine.

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