Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs will unquestionably be remembered as a true technology pioneer. Following his untimely death earlier this month, news has begun to emerge that he was none to happy with Google’s Android OS.
According to several quotes obtained by the Associated Press from a forthcoming “Steve Jobs” biography, the iPod creator accused Google of “grand theft” during expletive-riddled rant in January 2010 when HTC introduced an Android handset containing several similar features to the iPhone.
“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 is quoted as saying by Walter Isaacson. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
In a subsequent meeting with Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt to avoid a possible lawsuit between the two tech giants, Jobs is reported as saying, “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.”
Strong words and a clear insight into the current wave of patent litigation Apple is filing against Android handset manufacturers. Clearly as an innovator of the smartphone boom, Jobs felt a genuine sense of ownership over many of the basic features associated with the technology. Whether or not this stifles the room for further creativity in the wiser industry is ultimately up for the courts to decide.