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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

  • Anonymous

    Not to speak ill of the dead but the guy was a douche and so many people are brainwashed that he was some great innovator.

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

    Really…and what would he call OS X? He basically stole the GUI from Xerox.

    The list can go on and on…

    Look at what he did to Apple’s co-founder. Basically lied to him and tried to steal money from him.

  • jbonics

    WWaaaaaaa R.I.P……. waa

  • Randy Rowland

    You can’t own an idea

    • manny

      Really? How much did Mike Zuckerberg have to pay for “his facebook idea” …

  • Finger

    This is why I get really anoyed when people try to talk about Steve Jobs as some benevolent visionary bequeathing his inventions on the world. Steve was a businessman, and a particularly greedy one at that. He took credit for ideas that weren’t his, charged unnecessarily high prices for shoddy products, and sought to destroy (by way of legal action, not business) anyone who tried to compete with him. He was anticompetitive and monopolistic, yet (through clever marketing) convinced two generations that he was some sort of underdog inventor fighting off evil billionaire tech companies. The most he deserves is credit for popularizing good ideas that weren’t being taken seriously before: Personal computers, Mp3 players, smartphones, and tablet PCs. But without competition, technology stands still.

    • manny

      This can too be said of Mr. Micro$oft.

      • Anonymous

        Yup.  Microsoft likes to throw their weight around and threaten so that they can dismantle or make money off of their competitors.

  • Anonymous

    Steve Jobs died a litigator and not as an innovator. He feels that he is the only one who can steal or borrow ideas and claim them as his own, but when someone else does it, he cries bloody murder. Google didn’t steal anything, they bought Android, Inc., a startup company only 22 months old based in Palo Alto, CA. I’ve got a great quote from a great hypocrite: “Good artists copy, great artists steal. We at Apple have always been shameless at stealing great ideas.” -Steve Jobs

    Shameless at stealing great ideas, unless someone steals them from Apple. If that’s, Apple will get the lawyers out. Even worse, Apple steals of its own people – WiFi Sync, was an app that Apple rejected. They then later stole the idea, and even the guy’s icon who originally created it. This has happened countless of times. Apple at first rejects something because they did not think of it originally, only to steal it later while the poor guy or small team that wrote the app get stampeded on by the big company and lose everything.

    iPad 2 smart cover? A company was making the 3 panel folding company for the iPad 1 units. Apple stole it! Yes they put magnets on it, but they stole the design. Didn’t bother paying for either of these two. The list goes on and on people. Apple is no saint, and neither was Steve Jobs. It’s truly saddening that Apple gets a false reputation for being a goody good never do wrong type of company. It couldn’t be farther from the truth! They truly are an evil corporation. Foxconn, the Asian sweatshop that handles the majority of all Apple products, has one of the highest rates of suicide among their workers. They are treated less than human.

    “I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want” Says the guy who just rolled out iOS notifications straight out of the Android playbook.

    He must have not realized, even on his own deathbed, that the world does not revolve around him and his ideas (stolen & genuine).

    • Anonymous

      Apple has been stealing other people’s ideas while getting (and claiming!) all the credit for decades.

      • Anonymous

        I agree 100% +1

  • boo Jay

    Of course he would, Android’s whooping Apple’s candy@$$ in market share despite entering the game later.  Imagine how much further Google Android will dominate in the coming years.

    • Anonymous

      How much market share did apple lose to android? I don’t consider it “whooping ass” unless they lost market share against apple. If anything rim and microsoft are the ones getting their asses whooped.

  • Anonymous

    Why would the AP leave us with such a cliffhanger????? I hope it turns out ok for Android!!!

  • I would love to read it but I really don’t like ready biographies, but maybe

  • John Hicks

    And yet here we are, taking over the world.  I wonder if Steve has started doing somersaults yet.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if his biography is going to have a sequel since he was buddist where he gets reincarnated as a sweatshop worker and gets his revenge on android by making defective devices.

  • i just lost muchos respect for jobs(corpse). See, this is yet another reason I will NEVER purchase another iPhone no matter how much bettter or worse they may become in the coming years. I am devoted to this platform, and will continue to support it. So sell your iPhones/destroy your iPhones in protest and go buy a REAL SMARTPHONE>>>> an ANDROID.


    PS: suck it apple! Your leader died of AIDS(the media will tell you otherwise) and your platform will slowly rot back to what macintosh was in the 80’s: useless crap!

  • Anonymous

    I find it interesting that Apple is complaining about this considering the majority of iOS features are borrowed from other devices. I will admit they have executed the borrowed ideas quite well though. Again, Apple’s arrogance is alarming. Very FEW of the features on ANY Apple device is an original idea. Siri is nothing new – though it’s better executed than anything out currently. Cameras were nothing new, the shape wasn’t really all that new (LG Prada), touch screens weren’t their idea. The App Store and iTunes/Music was really the only original idea they have had. Granted, they were extremely important and revolutionary ideas. Google has yet to copy the Music idea and the app store isn’t something you can really patent or expect others not to follow/implement.Apple – your arrogance is alarming. Steve Jobs arrogance was legendary. Having said that, Apple makes a great product – no doubts there – but to say that Android is stealing from Apple is ridiculous. The only way they could be stealing is if the ideas were Apples originally – most weren’t.

  • dam he was a hater….even though he never mentioned in publically 

    • Anonymous

      He actually did everything possible to convince the masses otherwise. Some people think he was more of a saint than mother theresa. It’s pathetic that people ignore or can’t see the truth.

      • true…
        Currently apple is like a chicken without head…the way I see it that good days are gone for apple they may have next one or two good years but at words it is all down hill or up hill
        Andriod WAS ahead of apple and WILL be….

        • Anonymous

          True, they had a good run back from the depths but it’s starting to head downhill again. Unfortunately all the great minds and workers at Apple will never get credit for their intelligence and diligence. It will all be credited to Steve.

  • Wasn’t steve a pirate himself? No honor amongst thieves remember Steve?

  • Rob R.

    As a person who loves android I never did like Jobs much. The fact that every apple fanatic looks down on your for liking android and windows made my distaste for him even worse. I have no respect for anybody that thinks everything they make is “game-changing.” After watching Pirates of Silicon Valley  my respect dropped further when I learned he was a dead beat dad, and now this. All I have to say is that his hate for Android was fear based, if he really believed the bullshit that came out of his mouth than he would not have gave two shits about android.

  • Heh. Too bad, Jobs. Using others’ ideas and making them better than yours is the way of technology in capitalism. No idea is original, and no idea may be owned by any one person, if you ask me.

  • Dominick DeVito

    Henry Ford felt the same way about Chevrolet and Chrysler. We know how that turned out.

    On the flip side, did you see Ford sue other car companies for building cars with the same 4 wheel design? I don’t think so.

    I respect everything Steve Jobs, but enough is enough, get over it Apple. You’re not stopping Android.

    • Actually Ford has sued the other makers plenty of times.

    • look up Preston Tucker, and watch the movie “Tucker: The Man and His Dream”. Want to talk about corporations killing a new product and taking it for their own later. This is one of the worst in history.

  • Vegaspoidog

    Guess What?  Steve Jobs is Dead!!!

    • What?   Are you kidding?   When did that happen?

  • HAHAHA….wow, what a waste of time…Droid isn’t going anywhere….just cuz we take ideas and expand on them and, well, make them better….eesh…don’t get ur panties in a bunch.

  • JP

    Wow, pot calling the kettle black!  iOS used tons of ideas and concepts from Palm OS and even some from Windows Mobile.  Wasn’t Steve Jobs a believer in “Good artists copy, great artists steal”?

  • Bigmammoth50

    I don’t believe some of the jokes are too early. He claims that android was stolen material when a lot of the stuff mac throws out there is the same thing. Someone else’s work with a white shell.

  • Anonymous

    i think everyone knows that steve was insane

    of course i think dealing with looming death like pancreatic cancer would make anybody a little crazy 😉

  • KC

    Just business.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad this is finally coming out so the world can see just what kind of a person Steve really was.

    • I don’t think anyone said he was a warm and fuzzy dude.

      • Anonymous

        Most people had no idea how warm and fuzzy he was.

  • Anonymous

    “Good artists copy. Great artists steal” What a hypocritical jackass. He even stole that line…

  • J2000pro

    Yeah! Damn you htc, that looks just like apple’s clock widget!

  • Creasi

    This is nuts I don’t care love android its Apple with WINGS…WE FLY FREELY …Still R.I.P. THE GREAT ONE

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t Stevie always say that most of what they did was copy what others had already done or invented and simply improve on the ideas?
    So, it would seem that it’s OK for them to do this but no one else?
    K.  Got it.  These were his rules?  Alrighty then.  Cough…hypocrite…Cough….  Sorry.  Had some irony stuck in my throat.

  • hatethanet

    There’s no way Apple could “destroy” Android at this point no matter how much Jobs wanted it. 

  • @2won6

    By 2012 Android will be looking down on Apple

  • Christopher Knowles

    Steve Jobs in 1996: “We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas”

    Steve Jobs in 2010: “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.”

  • Boris Badenov

    Steve against the world… I’ll bet on the world.
    May god rest his soul, he was a major douche…

  • Anonymous

    Android is a rip off of iPhone? iPhone ripped off Palm OS anyways, so anything Jobs says is useless. It just shows you how Jobs is a monopolist at heart. He’s uninterested in licensing even for $5 billion, he just wants the competitor out of the race. He’s a monopolist who never gave to charity, unlike Bill Gates who plans to give 95% of his wealth to charity. Why are people who never met him so sad that Jobs died again? He was a greedy man. Soldiers more honorable than him die often, I don ‘t see the masses mourning them. Just because he’s dead doesn’t mean it changes the truth and makes him a saint. He’s human like the rest of us.

    • You have no idea what you are talking about. All the big runners borrowed ideas or have similar versions of other makers functions. The ones who had patents are being successful in court now, the ones who did not well, that’s the game they are in. Been happening for years. It’s nothing new.

      • Anonymous

        He’s actually spot on.  Having patents do not change the reality of the situation, they only make playing the game favorable to those who do.  Ignoring the fact that the system on which those patents are derived is patently broken.

  • Anonymous

    After reading this shit I say F U bitch!

    RIP my ASS!

    • Spoken like a true intellect.

      • Guest

        you mad bro?

  • Anonymous

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

    So its ok for you steal Android ideas (ei Pulldown Notifications) but when someone does it to you you have a meltdown. lol

    • If you don’t patent a feature it can’t be stolen in  legal sense. Apple had many patents that Android has ‘borrowed’ ideas from. This has gone on in the tech field for over 50 years. Jobs was so angry because up until the last couple of years no one borrowing these ideas from Apple had made such a presence as Android, his anger also came from fear of what Google was becoming.

  • Wow…actually reading this and it sounds like what everyone describes. Steve Jobs didn’t do shit for innovation. All he did was tell people about his ideas and make them realize it. He had no concept of anything other than larger ideas so anyone who made a phone that worked similar to his was a theft of his idea. He’d probably also look to sue Barq’s Root Beer out of existence if he was Mug Root Beer.

    • Anonymous

      Barq’s is much better than Mugs….so good comparison!

      • I’m a rootbeer fan. IBC and Barq’s are my favorite mainstream brands. The more ginger kick/spice in the root beer, the better, IMO.

  • Steve Jobs was reluctant to install suicide nets at his factories.

  • Wow…passionate about what he did. But what an Ass. But you don’t get to where he was with out stealing ideas, which Apple obviously did, and he justified it in that 80’s interview.

    Here’s the deal. He and Apple worked long and hard on the iPhone and iTunes. First iTunes, then the store front device, iPhone. It was his philosophy that you have to tell the consumer what they want. Well after all that hard work and advertising to convice everyone they NEEDED an iPhone w/iTunes, he was watching it all slip away in while dying. Android’s lead over iOS is substantial, and happened pretty quickly. When you work so hard on a device and software, then spends lots of money convincing people they need this and it’s the best thing since sliced bread. It would anger you to see a bunch of kids at Google(Android) pummel your device in a couple years, and tell you that you idea of a device is wrong and this is people want cause we listen to them and actually know technology. It’s like sharing with your kids your favorite sports team and then they decide on their own that your team sux and is kinda boring to watch. He was bitter about his passion.

    This whole thing about who came up with what first is all BS. Jobs was an innovator. Ok. So was Henry Ford. He created a great thing call an automobile. But other companies were formed and began to create automobiles with options and things not thought of by Ford. Do all Apple people only drive a ford? No, they drive a foreign car, cause they took Ford’s innovation and made it better. Then ford and other companies copy that and make that better and so on. 30 years from now no one will care. We will just want the phone that does all the best stuff and if Apple continues to sue instead of innovate, then their share of the smartphone market will only dwindle.

    Sorry I never post, but had to get this off my chest…

    • Anonymous

      Ummm… the first automobile was made by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot in 1769, NOT Ford.

      In terms of internal combustion(modern automobiles), the first one was made by Karl Benz, and named after his daughter, Mercedes.

      • Well there you go…Ford copied that and made it available to the masses and created the assembly line, so we remember him for that. Just like Jobs copied Xerox and Samsung and others and created a devices for all the iSheep to follow and we will remember him for that.

        Thx for the info…I’m gonna google and wiki that now…never knew about Karl Benz or Cugnot.

    • Anonymous

      I agree except for your last paragraph; Jobs was not an innovator, he did not invent the cell phone, the smartphone or anything else, he stole ideas and put them into a pretty package like many do only he and his company were very good at marketing and creating a reality distortion field (that term originated from within his own company by some of his own engineers and employees btw).  He was a delusional egomaniac who believed in his ideas so strongly that he was willing to fight to the death to preserve them, very much akin to religious extremism. Of course he was also a businessman so he wanted to gain and maintain market dominance and didn’t tolerate competition of any magnitude.

      • babadush

        I was just about to say this. Henry Ford invented mass production. Motorola invented the cell phone. What did Jobs invent?

  • Anonymous

    Its ridiculous how in the world of technology people actually accuse each other of stealing ideas. If nobody copied each other great companies would never have a chance to innovate and create such great products that we do today. Technology has grown because people have taken good ideas and turned them into great ones.

    With that being said, Apple has a serious problem thinking that everything is a replica of their crappy device. haha

  • The part I find amazing is the point to which Jobs believed his own bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    All due respect that jobs was a great creator, but the real reason he hated android is android is because it posed a threat the apple. He knew that the i*hone alone alone wouldent be enough to compete with android and he would have to be more inventive with new products. The reality is android has changed the smartphone market forever

  • Anonymous

    And i just saw a commercial last night for apples NEW voice to text. Who is the thief?

  • Rich

    wow, I love this site for it’s information and I’m a very happy Android user and developer but the comments here are the worst kind of fanboy-ism and borderline delusional. This is the exact kind of shit you guys are always claiming Apple users are guilty of including in this very thread.

    With iPhone Apple pulled together a bunch of existing ideas into a single slick package. Anyone remember what Android looked like at the time iPhone was announced? It looked and functioned absolutely nothing like it does today. 

    It’s disingenuous to claim that Google didn’t dramatically change Android once they got a look at iPhone. A simple Google image search can prove that.

    That’s not to say I think Jobs is right. This is the nature of technology. It’s a game of leapfrog and you have to constantly innovate your way to the head of the pack. Adapting to superior ideas, as Google did, is not theft IMO.

    • Guest

      you mad bro?

      • Rich

        Nope. I am disappoint.

  • Jarred Sutherland

    I guess we can sum it all up with “oh well….”

  • Anonymous

    This will be the most commented on article of the day.  It involves Apple.  This site is predictable and juvenile.  Cover things of actual importance to Android. 

  • J Dub

    I personally will not be picking up a copy. May Steve rest in peace, but I don’t really give a dern about his life. Don’t take that to mean I don’t care that he died. I just don’t care about his personal life.

  • Kinchas

    Think that pretty well clears up Oracle’s position in all this mess.   Lot of crazy talk from Steve on Android. Sad commentary to remember Steve by.   It’s business….it’s not personal.  Maybe the Apple Board of Directors will address this in a more business like fashion.   And then Apple should get back to using it’s time, energy and talent to innovating something.

  • HotSauceMagik

    Jobs was a baby.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting considering most of the iOS features are borrowed from a multitude of over devices.

  • Anonymous

    Go one day without mentioning Apple or anything related.  Or will that hurt the site’s traffic too much? 

    • how about when apple stops suing everyone, while at the same time coping features that have been in android phones for quite a while, than maybe there wont be anything to talk about.  
      Steve jobs is a well known person in the mobile field so news regarding him especially mentioning things such as this are well within the topics of this site.
      now if i went to droid-life and the main story was kadafi was dead than id be worried unless of course he had an android phone in his pocket when he died 🙂