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Steve Jobs Really Disliked Android and Google

The much anticipated book about Steve Jobs’ life is set to be released this Monday. The book, which is simply titled “Steve Jobs”, was written by Walter Isaacson and is the only authorized biography about the Cupertino CEO.

According to the AP (who received an early copy), the book provides insight into Jobs’ relationships with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who resigned from Apple’s Board of Directors with the launch of Android.

Isaacson wrote that 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 told Isaacson in an expletive-laced rant 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.”

Jobs used an expletive to describe Android and Google Docs, Google’s Internet-based word processing program. In a subsequent meeting with Schmidt at a Palo Alto, California, 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, 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 meeting, Isaacson wrote, resolved nothing.

We all remember the picture of Schmidt and Jobs at a California cafe that Gizmodo captured back in 2010 – perhaps this meeting was not the civil one that we once thought. I personally pre-ordered the book and I am excited to learn about the private life of Mr. Jobs, and of course see what other swipes may have been taken against Android. Will anyone else be picking up a copy?

Via: AP

  • http://www.motoask.com/ Motorola Atrix forum

    Did he hate it because it stood in his way and it was his job to hate it? or was there something in particular he didn’t like about it?

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  • august

    Nokia was the best-selling phone before iphone and android came to being… It will regain its throne. Just wait apple and droid fanatics!

  • Telveer

    The gall of Steve jobs … just because he is dying from cancer and led Apple back from bankruptcy does not mean everything he says is true. Smart phones existing long long before iPhone, and I can show almost every iPhone feature in older Smart phones.  Except for the layout of icons (which by the way is a Palm invention), there is nothing much in common between iPhone and Android. In fact, iPhone copied many of the features from Android (pull down notification bar, anyone?). Just like their PC business, Apple will corner its 10% or so snobby fanboyz and get stuck there. I am so glad I switched from Windows Mobile to Android. If I have to, I will go back to WInMo but  never to iPhone. My son has an iPod and it is a POS.

  • Anonymous
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  • Kcmex

    Apple never has and never will get a penny from me.

  • Fuckiphone

    The only reason he is crying, is android is kicking the iphones  you know what A$$ and they are selling them for half the price of the I-products. So quit crying and deal with the competition. Be a man oh wait now your worm food to bad so sad! Android wins again!

  • http://twitter.com/lennyd43 Why So Serious?

    Poor Steve, thought he invented the smart phone. Yes, he refined it and brought the smart phone to the masses, but Microsoft, Nokia and Palm were making smart phone operating systems many years before Apple. There’s nothing new or original on the iPhone, nearly every single feature was done before the iPhone. Maybe Microsoft, Nokia or Palm should be suing Apple.Nothing Apple has ever done is innovative. It’s simply been a matter of refining what others have already done. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, unless you try to hold claim that you somehow hold the right to prevent others from doing the same.

  • http://twitter.com/SamanthaFabulus Samantha Granderson

    RIP Steve Jobs… did not mean to disrespect… The fact that he has died must be respected…. Please remember that!

  • http://twitter.com/SamanthaFabulus Samantha Granderson

    I do not know much about this technology stuff, all I know is that I LOVE ANDROID…. I LOVE CHOICES AND FREE APPS, CANT AFFORD APPLE… I am a true believer OF CHOICE….YOU LIKE WHAT YOU LIKE AND I CAN LIKE WHAT I LIKE!!!! CHOICE IS GREAT AND I HAPPEN TO LIKE ANDROID!!!

  • Anonymous
  • John Crisp

    I have to add my 2 cents in on this just because I use to have a lot of respect for Steve Jobs till I read this statement. Steve Jobs and Apple did a lot of good for technology. No one can refute that…I thank Steve for all his efforts to bring choice when the world was dominated by Microsoft and Windows OS…With that said, I tried Apple out for a few years and I had a all the iCraps till the 3Gs and I each one of them I sold less than a month of owning them and even sold my Powerbook and iMacs. I am a Vz customer and I have had all the flagship Android devices, because I have been in working in the technology world for 20 years,still rather young, to my knowledge of the way how technology should work, I will never own a Mac product again. They are way over priced and always behind in technology. Heck, I remember when the iCrap could not receive a MMS message but yet was classified as a Smartphone. I found this puzzling because was very low end devices on the market that even had this capability. Yea yea yea!! I can here it now, the iCrap had the capability but it was ATT that preventing it…Whatever!!! Now that here is a choice over iCraps, with Steve Jobs statement, he is lashing out at Google and Android because people have a choice over Apple, the very basic fundamentals of why Steve Jobs started Apple. I can list why Google/Android is far better than Apple iCrap but I do not want to get the, Fanboys of Apple panties in a bunch…

  • Anonymous

    “We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas”
     –Steve Jobs

  • Anonymous

    APP =’s Apple Probably Pilfered.

  • Anonymous

    And the irony in this tyrannical, wannabe, is that iOS 5 copies quite a few features from Android OS

  • Finger

    During the development of radio, there was an inventor named Lee DeForest who, apart from one or two legitimate achievements, was notorious for claiming other people’s ideas as his own. The thought of anyone surpassing him in ingenuity enraged him and he spent a lifetime suing his competitors to gain complete control over all of radio broadcasting. By the end of his life, he had won the public battle, selling himself as the “father of radio,” and accepting soul credit for a technology that had been developed over decades by hundreds of people, most of whom had contributed far more than he ever did.

    Any of this sound familiar?

  • Anonymous

    Does this remind anyone else of Braveheart. Jobs on his deathbed can’t wait to hear Android is finished instead hears Andy yell “FREEDOM” which basically means Android is still #1.

  • Spoken Word™

    Why are there iTards here commenting? Oh, that’s right, they’re iTrolls….

  • Asdfmj

    this is kind of funny considering iOS 5 stole the notifiction bar from android…

  • ihater

    Karma’s a bitch, eh Jobs?  It’s okay to steal ideas from xerox and make them your own, but android can’t exist?

  • babadush

    Steve Jobs can dish it out but can’t take it

    • Anonymous

      Sore loser or should I say poor sport!

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to buy this book for damn sure! 
    Then I will make a video of me burning it and post it on YouTube
     

  • Anonymous

    I’ll wait for the movie that Sony is making.  

  • Dvdseer

    Android based phones actually have a higher share of the market than IOs based phones. Apple has a high share based on the single maker (Apple) but when you combine the total of Android phines out there, its a different story.
    BTW: Apple did not invent the GUI or mouse either, but they like to take credit.

    • manny

      He didn’t invent the mouse but was one of the first if not the first to package it in a personal computer. Get your facts straight

      • babadush

        He just said he didn’t invent it. What facts are wrong?

  • Eryk

    Not to bash a dead man…but Steve Jobs stole his own things too.  Just to name a couple, the Graphical User Interface, and the mouse.  And let’s remember, Stevie, “Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal”.

  • Anonymous

    But it is perfectly fine when apple takes android’s notification bar concept

    • Anonymous

      Ouch! That’s gonna leave a mark. Android FTW!!!

  • Stevaroo01

    Preordered my copy from Amazon. Will ship on Monday. It’s a shame Apple & Android don’t get along better because they both have much to offer!

  • aham brahmasmi

    allright ifanboy….keep it cool….whatever happened has happened for good….

    • manny

      not a fanboy i just like it when i buy something and it works….I actually own an HTC thunderbolt and this is not what i have gotten with this

      • Anonymous

        My thunderbolt works just fine. Rooted, running the latest Gingeritis ROM, can’t remember the last time it rebooted. Sorry you haven’t had a good experience with yours.

      • http://twitter.com/praticuschaotic Jon Doe

        The problems with the Thunderbolt are HTC issues, not Android issues. HTC has been crappy lately while Samsung has been breaking out of their crap trend with smartphones (the Charge was a great device and the Galaxy Nexus looks like it’ll be amazing).

        • manny

          Your right..this crap should not even be called android.To me the only phones that should ever get compared or even talked about in the same sentence are the Nexus phones… That’s android. Not the crap lg motorola and htc have.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B4GYQDNKY44SHK4II5AULZULZI mrCHivious

        what the hell are you doing here, yes you are a fanboy, and desperate sounding one. Your not someone who just wants something to work, your someone that gets mad when other people don’t like what you like.  That’s what your doing here right?  Obviously you suck apple nuts for breakfast, and your on here like a rampant troll, spewing android hate.  Go on an apple blog and have an orgy with other iphone users.

  • manny

    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 This says it all Android Aholes stop using our Ideas

    • Anonymous

      You are truly an airhead.  Sorry buddy, you obviously lack the common sense to recognize reality from fiction.

  • manny

    On a android fanboy site like droidlife is the maturity of these comments is expected.If android is so great why is it that not one android handset or tab out sells any ios device. What you morons fail to realize there would be no android had it not been for ios in the first place. If ios is released and all of a sudden android is released with a bunch of similar features that had obvously been copied by your boy Eric while working at apple, Doesn’t that entitle Stevie boy to sue? Out of every hundred android device that’s sold 20 gets rooted and rommed. So all your bullshit about customizing and all that other crap is just that,Crap. What everybody here seems to forget is that at the end of the day It’s all a business and at the end of the day not one android handset is or ever be as popular as an ios device.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Flores/100000328594535 Daniel Flores

      You sir are a effin moron…period… It’s funny that you comment with no knowledge of technology. Stay away iSheep troll.

      • manny

        Install a rom on your comment….ahole

        • Anonymous

          Again, I beg for an answer as to why you Crapple fanboys feel the need to come to a droid site and bash everyone? Nothing better to do with your life? I’ve never once felt the need to visit an Apple fanboy site just to sit around and bash their fans. I figure if they are on those sites, their IQ is already so low that they wouldn’t understand a valid point if it smacked them upside the head. Now go away manny and let the rest of us enjoy our droid site in peace.

          • manny

            I come here b/c I’m a techie and have owned a droid,droidx,dinc,droid3 and now use a thunderbolt, it just pisses me off how on this site everybody always has something negative to say about apple. I also use a mac,had iphone2g,iphone3,iphone3gs and an iphone 4. And from my expirience I enjoyed my iphones more than my android devices. I do like the big ass screen on my tb. 

          • Anonymous

            Understood, I’m thinking the Galaxy Nexus will be the game changer for anyone, myself included, who think that Android is not quite as polished as the iphone interface. I have always been willing to live with this little compromise to have a phone that I am free to customize the #*%$& out of to make the experience as close to my liking as I can.

          • manny

            Well said droid dude !!!!

          • 1324356565

            I call lies on all the devices you have previously owned, you probably have a palm or a blackberry or something.

          • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=20311621 Pandemic187

            Then use your iPhone and ignore what people say about Android.

            I don’t own an iPhone for reasons that painfully evident to me, but hey, to each his own.

          • babadush

            This is a serious question. Why do you have so many phones?

          • http://profiles.google.com/gonnadie4thegov Jeremy Wray

            Ever think that’s because this is an Android related site?

            Go to an Apple blog or forum, you won’t find them saying about how great Android is how they wish iOS was more like Android (though that is what they are starting to get now lol)

            Same with anything else. go to a Xbox forum and they will talk down Sony’s products but go to the Sony website and they are all about hating Xbox’s

            There are many people who are a bit close minded and think that unless everyone thinks the same way they do, they are wrong. These are the people who forget that competition breeds innovation.

    • Anonymous

      ohhh so you base your buying decisions on whether it’s popular.  Ohh good the continuing dumbing down of America.

      It’s people like you that have let a show like Arrested development get cancelled yet stay glued to the Jersey Shore.

      Now off you go and follow the rest of the sheep.

      • manny

        I actually liked that show and hate Jersey shore. Well ahole the fact that in the 3rd quarter verizon sold 2 million iphones and 1.5 million 4glte devices says that some thing actually works a little better. That’s why there are how many android tablets out there….yeah that’s right what apple sold on it’s debut weekend. Dude if ios was as bad as every android fanboy says it was they wouldn’t sell as many as they have…Remember it’s a buisness and you are the minority

        • Anonymous

          so if you live in a community and they all decided to become a segragated cult  you would joing because that is what everyone else is doing.

          Sony should have gone thermonuclear on Apple and Jobs, the iPod is a stolen product.   

          • manny

            nice comparison…but that’s where you live not me.

          • manny

            The ipod is a stolen product,from sony ? What other mp3 player was out at the time of ipod release ? Sony’s walkman ?

          • http://profiles.google.com/gonnadie4thegov Jeremy Wray

            The Ipod was a stolen idea from Creative Labs, Apple still pays royalty to the company for iPods sold.

          • manny

            read up
            Creative Labs, the American subsidiary of Creative Technology, was awarded a patent on a music management interface (now commonly seen on audio players, including the Apple iPod) by the US Patent and Trademark Office on August 25, 2005,[42] after applying for it on January 5, 2001.[43] Apple filed for a similar patent on October 22, 2002 but was rejected.[44] Along with the launch of the Vision:M, Creative announced that it will “aggressively pursue” respect of its patents, addressing “all manufacturers that use the same navigation system.”[45]So far, Creative has only addressed Apple’s infringement of its patent. Creative announced on May 15, 2006, that it has launched a lawsuit against Apple for the infringement of the ZEN patent[46] (Creative also asked the US Trade Commission to investigate whether Apple was breaching trade laws by importing iPods into the US),[47] which was then counter-sued by Apple on the same day, filing two lawsuits for infringing their patents.[48] Since then, Apple and Creative have reached a settlement, with Apple paying $100 million, and Creative joining the “Made for iPod” accessory program

          • http://profiles.google.com/gonnadie4thegov Jeremy Wray

            thanks for proving me right again

    • Anonymous

      “…at the end of the day not one android handset is or ever be as popular as an ios device.”
      This is to be expected when people are given the choice to buy the device that is right for them.  With Android you get many different price points, screen sizes, skins, and manufacturers. 
      With Apple you get one each generation.  The only choice is white or black and how much memory.  All people do not have the same preferences, something that you and Apple do not seem to get.  

      • manny

        One preference all people have is having shit that works which you nor (not goggle) HTC,Motorola,Samsung
        and lg do not seem to get…Get it through your thick skull if it worked as good as you say or believe it did we wouldn’t be in here. But they don’t. Nevermind what you like and dislike. Use an iphone for a month and then go back to what ever android phone you have. Base your comments on that and not on what you heard someone else say.

        • Anonymous

          Wow…you really are a moron. I apologize for trying to have an intelligent conversation with someone who has the IQ of an average table lamp. I award you no points, and may god have mercy on your soul.

          • manny

            Dude grow up get a job and experience and iphone or ios device before bashing it. Android is not quite as polished as the iphone interface

          • Anonymous

            Are you really so immature that you cannot accept that people have a different opinion than you do?

          • http://profiles.google.com/gonnadie4thegov Jeremy Wray

            i lol’d

        • http://profiles.google.com/gonnadie4thegov Jeremy Wray

          Something on Android must be working right since it is growing a such a rapid rate as more customers and developers leave Apple and other OS platforms for Android.

          Also something must be working right since Apple is now taking parts of Android and incorporating them into their OS. If I remember correctly, basically all features in iOS5 have been on Android devices for years now….

          But lets hear it, I want to know what doesn’t work on Android? The ONLY complaint I could have had with Android was the UI was too advanced for the processors in the beginning. But now even my single core 1ghz phone runs the OS silky smooth, much less a dual core device.

          BTW, i used to sell and had an iphone for a short time before android. Don’t try to pull the try it out and you will like it better stuff with me.

          I think you have serious case of tunnel vision combined with fanboi-ism. While myself don’t have a problem with people choosing an iPhone over an Android device you obviously do when its the other way around. If you like iPhones, GREAT! That doesn’t mean that everyone else does. I perfer Android, but when my sisters friend came to me asking what phone she should get i immediately told her to try an Android device and iPhone out and see which you like more but I bet it will be the iPhone. And that is what she went with. Why you ask? Because she is an idiot and Android would have taken her forever to learn. Apple’s simple UI works better for her.

    • http://profiles.google.com/gonnadie4thegov Jeremy Wray

      Ok I think I’m done laughing to be able to write this.

      First off, Android existed before iOS did. It was a mobile OS project that was bought by Google in 2005 I believe it was. There were prototype versions shown of the OS on phones before iOS was ever even announced. But back then the OS was styled in a Blackberry style since those types of phones were the crurrent trend. Then in 06 I believe it was LG unveiled the first fully touch screen phone with a simple OS. The LG Prada. Apple then releases the original iPhone which lacked so many features, and Google released Android around a year later with alot more features. Of course, some of the basic features were similar (most likely because to both companies releasing a phone without them, well made no sense.) and Apple started their rants just because they pushed a “finished” product out first.

      Did you know that iPads were stolen from IBM? And iPods from Creative Labs? The thing is while Apple has been successful in creating their own OS, they are mostly better at marketing. They have been great at taking others ideas then brainwashing the masses to think that they did it first because they rushed it out or were first to mass market it.

      How can you compare the amount of sales of phones when one company basically tells you what you want and releases it once a year for people to buy (so of course during that one time of year they will likely outsell the others) to a company that first off doesn’t create their own hardware devices (i’m looking past the part where apple just buys parts from everyone else for their products) and just have an open source OS for manufacturers to freely choose if they want to use it or not? Comparing OS to OS seems a bit more fair inwhich Android does outsell Apple. Maybe people like choice?

      You dare to bring up the amount of rooted devices? Android has about 15% rooted devices while Apple has 34%. Seems like people who want iOS devices want more features and freedom…..while Android can do like 95% of the stuff a jailbroken iPhone can do out of the box.

      • manny

        Let’s start from the bottom up. Did you know that most people with a jailbroken iphone only jailbreak it to UNLOCK it (use on tmobile) and never customize or use cydia based apps ?

        Apple out sells any 1 android phone All year round not only at release. At the time when Verizon got the iphone 4 a phone basically 6 or 7 months old and released maybe a month or two before the tb. Who sold more?

        Not sure about the ipad..but the ipod was not stolen from creative labs
        Creative Labs, the American subsidiary of Creative Technology, was awarded a patent on a music management interface (now commonly seen on audio players, including the Apple iPod) by the US Patent and Trademark Office on August 25, 2005,[42] after applying for it on January 5, 2001.[43] Apple filed for a similar patent on October 22, 2002 but was rejected.[44] Along with the launch of the Vision:M, Creative announced that it will “aggressively pursue” respect of its patents, addressing “all manufacturers that use the same navigation system.”[45]So far, Creative has only addressed Apple’s infringement of its patent. Creative announced on May 15, 2006, that it has launched a lawsuit against Apple for the infringement of the ZEN patent[46] (Creative also asked the US Trade Commission to investigate whether Apple was breaching trade laws by importing iPods into the US),[47] which was then counter-sued by Apple on the same day, filing two lawsuits for infringing their patents.[48] Since then, Apple and Creative have reached a settlement, with Apple paying $100 million, and Creative joining the “Made for iPod” accessory program

        • http://profiles.google.com/gonnadie4thegov Jeremy Wray

          1. I don’t know one person who has jailbroken their iphone to use on t-mobile. generally if you can’t afford to have a better phone carrier, then you can’t afford to buy an iphone and computer to unlock it to use on tmobile. I’d say about 90% of the people I know with iPhones have them jailbroken, mostly for getting apps for free.

          2. Yet again you are comparing apples (no pun intended) to oranges. You can’t compare sales of the devices when Apple gives you one choice and the 10+ manufacturers who put out Android devices. Thats one of the points why Android is so popular now, you have choice. You want a keyboard? There’s a phone. You want a large screen? There’s a phone. You want a gamepad? There’s a phone. Etc.

          3. Um, you just confirmed what I said. Obviously Apple didn’t make the first mp3 player. Their main direction that made them different was the GUI OS on the device that was developed first by Creative Labs who patented it then sued Apple for them. Since they are still using the patents it is likely that besides the money they got and the accessories rights, Apple is paying a royalty to them for each iPod sold.

      • manny

        Android did exist before ios but released after Eric Schit worked at apple so there is a strong possiblity that some of what the article says is true. Read it again it says 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 meeting, Isaacson wrote, resolved nothing. Eric would have never met up with Steve if all he was going to do was hate on android and not bring up a valid point…

        • http://profiles.google.com/gonnadie4thegov Jeremy Wray

          While Eric may have gotten some ideas from Apple while he was still there, Android would still exist either way. Android was acquired from Android Inc by Google in 2005. So either way Google was going to have Android and honestly, how many things has Google touched that hasn’t taken off? But the thing is Apple people claim that Google stole the idea for the modern smartphone from Apple jsut because the iPhone was released in 07 while the G1 was in 08. While LG had already released the first fully touchscreen smartphone in 06. What actually happened with Eric and Steve is a gray area. Hell for all we know they could have been Eric’s ideas that Steve took and slapped in a phone to release it before Google to be able to take the credit. And the thing is Eric wasn’t on the board at Apple until mid-late 06, a year after they acquired Android and had been building it…..

          Steve’s fight against Eric was basically the same thing that happened 20 years before with Gates. Steve wasn’t the first to make a home computer or the mouse or a GUI. But when Gates went off with basically the same idea and was more successful (just like Android has been proving to be over the past 2 years) Steve got angry and sue happy, while it wasn’t his idea….he was just building off of someone else’s. But twice now its been proven, 1 OS with the freedom to be on basically any device will be more successful then you forcing people to choose one device (mobile) or a limited selection (pc).